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Welcome to Rotary District 7505 RYLA!

We are very disappointed and extremely sad that for the second year in a row, our RYLA 2021 Conference must be canceled.  We know many students have been looking forward to this conference since freshman year and maybe even before that.  Our main objective is to keep our students, staff, counselors, and Rotarians safe during this COVID-19 Pandemic.  

Here's what we have planned instead

Our District is always trying to create meaningful opportunities for our youth.  This year, we are holding a Video Essay Contest Scholarship for those students in their junior year, entering their senior year of high school in September 2021.

The packet is below for our Rotary Clubs to download.  Please provide this information to your schools so they can reach out to their students and/or Interact Clubs to attract an interested in this worthwhile opportunity. 

We know how our young people love to to be on their phones, use Snapchat, Instagram, take pictures, make videos, etc., so we thought it would be something different for not only our students, but for our Rotary Clubs to experience "seeing" what our young people have to say.  It will also create an opportunity for our youth to receive a District 7505 RYLA Scholarship. 

RYLA Video Essay Contest Packet for download
RYLA Video Essay Contest Participation Invitation to Schools for download


What is RYLA?

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership development program run by Rotary Clubs. RYLA  focuses on high school juniors that are rising seniors in September. Students come from 9 Central and Southern New Jersey Counties (Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean, Monmouth, and Salem).

The RYLA Conference includes a variety of topics. It is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and district leadership where you develop your skills as a leader while having fun and making connections with other students your age.


What are the benefits?

Connect with leaders in your community and around the world to:

  • Build communication and problem-solving skills
  • Discover strategies for becoming a dynamic leader in your school or community
  • Learn from community leaders, inspirational speakers, and peer mentors
  • Unlock your potential to turn motivation into action
  • Have fun and form lasting friendships


What’s involved?

  • RYLA events are organized locally by Rotary clubs and districts for participants who are high school juniors that are rising seniors in September. RYLA is a retreat, that lasts for 4-day, 3-night at Stockton University and includes interactive presentations, group activities, and workshops covering a variety of topics.
  • Your counselors are trained to hone in on their leadership potential, help students develop creative problem-solving strategies, learn ethical business practices through…
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving and conflict management
  • Community and global citizenship


RYLA FORMS for 2022