RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a life-changing leadership training program for youth where they learn leadership skills and principles in an atmosphere of trust and respect.  The purpose of RYLA is to assist potential youth leaders in methods of responsible and effective leadership. A subtext of the RYLA program is the development of confidence and self-esteem.

Rotary Club of Dubuque sponsors approx. Fifteen students/year to participate in this 6-day leadership conference. RYLA is for high school sophomores and juniors.

RYLA events last 3 to 10 days and include presentations, activities, and workshops that cover a variety of topics, including:
  • Leadership fundamentals and ethics
  • Communication skills
  • Problem-solving and conflict management
  • Community and global citizenship
The Rotary Club of Dubuque helps fund RYLA with its weekly member raffle, held at regular Rotary meetings. Typically eight to 15 young adults go through the RYLA program each year.  The application and interview process is not easy. Students must demonstrate not only academic excellence, but civic awareness, broad interests, and a strong desire to participate.


For more information or to apply, visit Iowaryla.org