The Rotary Youth Leadership Awakening is now accepting applications for 2023!!  See below for details and don’t hesitate to contact us with questions.

What is RYLA?

RYLA COVID Precautions:

Both the State of California and the health authorities of Plumas County, CA have cleared the way for “co-habitation” camping, a euphemism for the type of process that RYLA represents. And while neither the state nor county is imposing any restrictions on our activities, we are working with our counterparts at Sierra Nevada Journeys on a best practices plan to ensure everyone’s safety and wellbeing.
That plan will include but not be limited to the following:
  1. Urging that students be transported to and from RYLA in their own vehicles, if possible.
  2. Chartering 2 buses for each round trip to and from RYLA to maintain distancing while traveling.
  3. Mandating that all RYLA staff members be vaccinated prior to the start of each session.
  4. Urging, but not mandating, that all RYLA students be vaccinated prior to the start of each session.
  5. An assurance that all Sierra Nevada Journeys staff will be vaccinated.
  6. Quick COVID-19 testing administered by the SNJ staff at the curb side as students arrive.
  7. Additional testing during the week as deemed necessary if anyone exhibits COVID-19 symptoms.
  8. Immediate removal to a safe space of anyone who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms.
  9. Maintaining social distancing for all indoor activities including meals.
  10. Moving as many indoor activities to the outdoors as possible.  SNJ has agreed to provide adequate outdoor lighting and sound system to accommodate those activities.
  11. Limiting physical contact among students be establishing 3 “super pods” of 30 students each (20 girls and 10 boys) and making clear that students need to maintain distance with members of the other “super pods.”
  12. An assurance from SNJ that the property will maintain the highest possible standards of cleanliness.
For more information and to stay updated on RYLE plans, check out the RYLA website

Call for Volunteer Counselors:

Please follow this link for more information and to apply:, filling out both the application and background check permission form.    
District 5180/5190 RYLA Program

District 5180 has partnered with District 5190 for a joint RYLA program, conducted at Grizzly Creek Ranch in Portola, CA.  Students are selected by local clubs in both districts to receive scholarships and Rotarians from both districts are counselors and committee/board members.

We have jointly set up a separate website for our RYLA program.  See links.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awakening (RYLA) 5180/5190 is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. RYLA participants can be ages 14-30, but most clubs and districts choose to focus on a narrower age range, such as 14-18 or 19-30.

The DIstrict 5180/5190 clubs week long Rotary Youth Leadership Awakening is a complete program. The scholarships are awarded to  young men and women usually of high school age who are leaving their junior year and will be next year's senior high class. The intent of our program is to prepare these students for leadership roles in their senior year and beyond.

Officially adopted by Rotary International in 1971 as Rotary Youth Leadership Awards,  RYLA is one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service. Each year, thousands of young people take part in the program worldwide. The impact spreads further as the program influences other young people, and RYLA programs often lead to the formation or strengthening of Rotaract and Interact clubs.

Attendance is by scholarship only. All winners are local and are selected and funded by your local Rotary Club.

Young men and women spend a week in a challenging program of discussions, inspirational addresses, leadership training and social activities designed to enhance personal development, leadership skills and service to others.

Every RYLA training program includes the following topics:

  • Fundamentals of leadership
  • Ethics of positive leadership
  • Importance of communication skills in effective leadership
  • Problem-solving and conflict management
  • Rotary's purpose and service to the community
  • Building self confidence and self-esteem
  • Elements of community and global citizenship

In addition to the core curriculum, RYLA participants can expect to further develop their personal and leadership skills in the following key areas:

  • Communication Skills:
  • Personal Qualities 
  • Leadership 
  • Problem Solving Strategies

To find out about our RYLA events, please contact the 2022-2023 Rotary District 5180 Chair, Mary Grosjean.  Click here to email Mary.