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Registration is now open for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Seminar for Tomorrow's Leaders 2022, being held virtually Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14!

➡️ If you are a Rotary Club and would like to register student participants, click here! ⬅️

What is the RYLA Seminar for Tomorrow's Leaders?

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership program organized and facilitated by Rotary Clubs around the globe. Each year, thousands of youth, who are invited to participate based on their leadership potential and are sponsored by Rotary Clubs, participate in this amazing program. Rotary Clubs and the Rotary District cover all expenses for the participants. The format of the event varies from district to district, but commonly takes the form of a seminar, workshop, or camp where the participants learn, discuss, and practice leadership skills.
In District 6330, our RYLA program is known as the RYLA Seminar for Tomorrow's Leaders. It is a weekend seminar usually held at Western University in London, Ontario. Our seminar is devoted to enhancing and expanding the leadership skills and abilities of grade 10 and 11 students—the next generation of leaders in communities throughout the District! Students are provided with a range of new experiences, tools, and perspectives through icebreakers, group discussions, amazing guest speakers, and other interactive activities that engage and nurture their inner leader! 

 RYLA aims to:
  • Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth;
  • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders;
  • Encourage leadership of youth by youth;
  • Recognize young people who are rendering service to their communities.
  • Most RYLA programs cover 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
Each year, students create lifelong friends from across District 6330. They are introduced to other Rotary youth programs, including Interact, Rotaract, and Rotary Youth Exchange, and learn how they can stay involved with Rotary in their community after the seminar—they expand their horizons both inside and outside the organization!

The 2022 Program

In 2022, RYLA Seminar for Tomorrow's Leaders will be virtual. This is our second time doing a virtual seminar, and we are excited to make it even better than last year!

Schedule: The program on Friday evening will run from approximately 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The program on Saturday will run from approximately 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, with breaks throughout the day (including a lunch break).

Cost: The cost for a club to sponsor a student is $60 CAD or $50 USD per participant. We have also received a generous donation of $300 USD from the D6330 Passport Club to send 5 students to this year's seminar, so if your club has more great students than your club is able to support financially, please let us know!

Speakers: We are excited to announce two incredible speakers for this year's program: Dillion Mendes and Dan Edwards!
First up, we have Dan Edwards! Dan is a motivational speaker, co-author, and mental health advocate from Sarnia, Ontario. Dan speaks of how his life was greatly impacted in 2006 after his accident where he suffered a spinal cord injury. 10 years after his community raised $150,000 for his family following his injury, Dan founded the Do It For Sarnia campaign for The Bluewater Health Foundation, raising over $150,000 as of 2019 for The Bluewater Health Hospitals Mental Health & Addiction Services. Dan spoke at the Seminar last year, and absolutely wowed the audience with his message of inspiration, hope, and encouragement.
Next up, we have, Dillon Mendes! Dillon is an alumnus of the Top 35 under 35 global changemaker awards, the co-founder of the social enterprise, PickWaste (featured on CBC, CTV, and CityNews), and a TEDx & youth speaker. Over the past four years, Dillon has travelled across North America, speaking to thousands of students about community impact and student leadership.
If you have questions about RYLA Seminar for Tomorrow's Leaders, please email