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					                             Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

What is RYLA?

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is District 7980’s leadership training program for
young men and women ages 16 & 17 in grades 10 and 11. These talented young people are
selected by their local Rotary clubs, from area high schools, to attend an all expenses paid
weekend conference designed to increase their leadership skills and commitment to community
service.

RYLA emphasizes the development of leadership skills, citizenship and service to one’s
community and continued personal growth of the individual.

The cost of the program this year is $235.00 per student, which includes all hotel
accommodations, meals and conference materials. The sponsoring Rotary Club pays the cost of
the program and may sponsor two students to attend each conference. Space is limited to 35
students and participation is open to high school students from every community within District
7980.

The conference will take place at the Homewood Suites, 6905 Main Street, Stratford, CT 06615.
Registration will be between 4:00pm - 4:45pm on Friday November 13, 2009. The program will
begin with dinner on Friday evening at 5:00pm and the conference will end at 1:00pm on Sunday,
November 15, 2009. Transportation to Homewood Suites for the RYLA Conference is the
responsibility of the applicant.

Conference honorees from throughout Connecticut will be attending and each participant will be
assigned a roommate(s).       Our program will include workshops on Leadership, Time
Management, Listening and Communication, Relationships, Goal Setting, Team Building and
Personal Development. Rotarians will discuss Rotary’s purpose, service to the community and
Rotary’s role in helping mankind around the globe. Local Rotary clubs have been invited to
share their community service projects, local and international projects are featured during their
sessions. The honorees will actively participate in numerous sessions of the program. The dress
is casual, but neat and ample free time will be provided for socializing, networking and lots of
FUN.

RYLA Conference Schedule: 2009 - 2010
November 13, 14, 15, 2009
February 26, 27, 28, 2010
November 12, 13, 14, 2010

All questions should be directed to:
John Ralbovsky, RYLA Chair
85 Dodd Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06606
203-556-0692 phone or 203-374-8309 fax
jralbovsky@aol.com

				
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