Welcome to the District 9550 RYLA webpage

Rotary-Youth-LeadershipThe Rotary Youth Leadership Award is a challenging program which provides a unique opportunity for young adults to develop leadership skills and self confidence under the guidance of business professionals, members of Rotary and RYLA.

Rotary is seeking young adults between the ages of 19 to 29 years who have the talent, energy and motivation to discover their leadership potential to attend this program. Whether you are an enthusiastic worker, young professional, self employed, or a tertiary student, RYLA provides a fantastic opportunity to learn, grow, have fun and make new friends and professional contacts. Those who complete a RYLA program are generally better able to successfully manage their own lives and careers and make their mark on society. Take the RYLA challenge and uncover your true potential! RYLA is an all expenses paid three day intensive program, June 10th – 12th 2015. Leaders on this program are Professional Trainers, business leaders and industry professionals that were chosen for their particular leadership qualities.

Connected to Rotary

Rotary is one of the largest international service organizations in the world.  There are 1.2 Million Rotarians in around 34,000 clubs in more than 200 countries. Its members are dedicated to humanitarian services, high ethical standards in business and professional life and the promotion of world understanding and peace. One of the goals of Rotary is to help young adults discover their leadership potential, discover their voice and to develop their self confidence to achieve their aspirations. To accomplish that goal, Rotary clubs prepare thousands of young leaders though RYLA programs each year. RYLA events are organised by members of Rotary district 9550 who are business and professional leaders. For more information about Rotary international click here http://www.rotary.org/ For more information about Rotary District 9550 click here http://www.d95590rotary.org.au/

RYLA aims

  • To demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for young leaders in the community
  • To encourage continued and stronger leadership of young Australians by young Australians
  • To provide leadership training experience to assist RYLA members to be actively and effectively involved with their communities and their work place.

Why sponsor a candidate for RYLA?

The RYLA program promotes positive outcomes for young people because:
  • The RYLA team, act as positive role models for the participants and model behaviour consistent with RYLA’s philosophy of utilising your skills and talents, challenge by choice and following your passion.
  • It’s an opportunity for young adults to meet individuals involved with a range of community projects and motivates them to get involved.
  • Participants at RYLA also have the opportunity to experience a range of learning styles and develop skills in communication, negotiation and assertiveness – all skills essential for participation in their community and in life.
  • Participants have the opportunity to spend time with and form strong bonds with other young leaders.

Suggestions from the RYLA Committee:-

  • Please follow the links for the application forms and an updated colour brochure.
  • Please use the suggested Press Release.
  • If you find it difficult to find candidates, please use the list below to assist you to find a candidate.
  • If your club does not have a prospective RYLA candidate, but would like to support RYLA, please Contact the Committee to discuss other ways in which you could be involved.
  • Use the RYLA program as an introduction into your local businesses to show to them the benefit of Rotary in general

How to source a RYLA candidate?

The RYLA programs aims to provide an opportunity for a diverse range of young people to come together to gain a better understanding of their own strengths, as well as those of others. For this reason we encourage you to ‘think outside the square’ when sourcing a candidate for RYLA. Below are some ideas for where you might find young leaders keen to participate in the program;
  • Church Groups
  • Lighthouse Foundation
  • Local government youth service or community centre
  • Queensland Police
  • Small Business Development Corporation
  • Sporting Clubs, Surf Lifesaving
  • St John Ambulance cadet program
  • University students,
  • YMCA
  • Young Chamber of Commerce
  • Your workplace
  • Youth radio and media outlets
If you know of a young adult aged 19-29 who you think would make a great RYLA Candidate, then please download the application form and ask them to complete and return it to ryla@d9550rotary.org.au

How can you support RYLA?

RYLA would like to foster links with like-minded individuals,businesses and organisations who may be able to support our program through fund-raising and the provision of in-kind support. In-kind support may include:
  • Introductions to keynote speakers in various professional or technical fields to enhance the program, or,
  • Introductions to key corporate end users that would benefit from the RYLA course.


Jaycen Wilson I was nervous of what this course would do for me. I thought it would be a bit “wishy-washy”.. To tell you the truth the program was really rewarding. I will definitely be recommending this program to colleagues
Paul Ostens I came into the course positively, very interested in what it could offer me on a personal and professional level. I found that embracing the week so positively, I got the most out of it. The presenters were great and I learn’t a lot.
Chris Rowland I had no idea what to expect from RYLA. What I got was an invaluable experience with fantastic people. Personally and professionally. I couldn’t recommend this program too highly.


Applications will only be accepted on the District 9550 RYLA Application form. Application forms can be completed by either downloading the application form from this site and forwarding the completed form to the secretary of RYLA or completing the online form and forwarding to: ryla@rotary9550.org.au

Limited numbers

Transport constraints restrict available places to a maximum of 21 participants. Rotary clubs booking before the closing date should be assured of at least one place. Book early to avoid disappointment.


A copy of the 2014 RYLA Application form and associated documentation are available for download via the link(s) below. All relevant sections of this form must be signed by Applicants for this Seminar. Download RYLA 2015 Application – Click Here Download RYLA 2014 Brochure. Click Here for RYLA 2015 Employer Brochure.  Click Here for RYLA 2015 Rotary Club Brochure.  Why not visit the Rotary International web site for more information not only on RYLA but also Rotary itself. Click Here.


ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS (RYLA) in Rotary District 9550 is a 3 day leadership retreat held in North Queensland twice yearly. The event is managed and taught by Rotarians who volunteer their time, experience and talents to benefit emerging young leaders who attend their employment, professions and/or university within the boundaries of District 9550. The event starts on a Wednesday and ends on a Friday and the attendees are required to attend for the entire time. The goal of the course is to educate, empower and motivate the attendees to be constructive and contributory in their studies, future careers and communities. RYLA is an international event that takes place in many different formats. The curriculum, time, age groups and locations are unique to the district that participates. In District 9550 we have adopted the current model after careful consideration and years of modification. The RYLA steering committee and staff continually look for opportunities for improvement in the curriculum, facilities and staff. RYLA-Insight-1The curriculum is geared around teaching leadership skills through: Public Speaking, Team Building, Goal Setting, Leading a Meeting, Character & Ethics, Facilitation, Motivation, and building good habits. Every volunteer, speaker or overnight guest must agree to and pass a background check that looks for any criminal activity in Queensland or any state that person has lived in. Additionally, they must read and sign a safety policy agreement that gives instructions to look for and refrain from the 5 types of recognized abuses. They are given procedures for dealing with illness, injuries and blood. Select RYLA and NQET staff members have mobile phones and walkie-talkies 24 hours a day to make communication easy and effective. RYLA participants will be supervised during the entire retreat. All attendees will be assigned to a cabin upon arrival. All attendees will be sleeping in cabins with other RYLA course attendees of the same gender. All RYLA attendees will be sharing bathrooms and showers with other RYLA attendees and adult counselors of the same gender. No member of the opposite gender (including staff) is allowed in the other genders’ cabins whether they are occupied or not. Every cabin has bunk beds with mattresses but no pillows. Please see the ‘List of what to bring and what not to bring’. RYLA-Insight-2All RYLA attendees will be given a colored Bandanna. Each color group attends the same classrooms and outdoor activities together. Each color group is comprised of men and women. All RYLA attendees will be asked to participate in indoor classroom setting activities and physical teambuilding activities, which may or may not be outdoors. If a RYLA attendee has a physical disability, they will be allowed to participate to the best of their ability (or not at all). The curriculum is based on leadership fundamentals and teambuilding. This is why RYLA attendees must be there from the beginning and stay until the end of the course. RYLA attendees are not allowed to bring cell phones because we want them to engage the other RYLA attendees attending the event. (Phones are available for emergency purposes). The groups are systematically assembled so that attendees from the same employer, university or town are not grouped together. Part of the growth experience includes the courage to approach people that one might not otherwise be compelled to. Attendees must notify RYLA contacts if they will possess and/or need medication of any kind during the retreat. Any medication not registered will be considered a violation of the RYLA Behaviour Code. RYLA-Insight-3Unless the staff has otherwise been directed, the RYLA staff may allow a RYLA attendee to take over-the-counter pain relievers according to the manufacturers recommended dosages. If it is deemed that other medical treatment may be needed every attempt will be made to contact the advised emergency contact for advisement or direction. If the nominated emergency contact is not available then the staff will seek immediate attention from any doctor or any hospital. Attendees must notify RYLA staff of any and all health issues that may affect their stay at RYLA. All attendees must sign a behaviour code when registering for RYLA. This code is strictly enforced and includes a dress code. (We expect that all RYLA attendees dress appropriately at all times). We expect that everyone is treated with dignity and respect. You can view the behaviour code here. We are very accessible with cell phones carried at all times by the retreat leaders and Cumburu Cultural Centre – Paluma can be reached on land lines. Attendees can leave for family emergencies but they must be picked up by an authorized person. If RYLA attendees have personal emergencies the staff will make the best determination for dealing with the situation.

Rotary International

“Service above Self” – Rotary International District 9550 Ltd RYLA Committee (RYLA) is part of the worldwide community and humanitarian organisation, Rotary International. Rotary provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world.Clubs are non political, non religious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. As signified by the motto, Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. As you will see from visiting other sections of this website, RYLA provides an intensive 3 day leadership course. The participants will take away many new skills ranging from dispute resolution to those associated with individual personal growth. RYLA values greatly the connections and relationships it develops with the broader community and specifically corporate and philanthropic segments.

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Email: ryla@d9550rotary.com.au