The successful return of RYLA  after two years

From May 13 to 15, 33 participants gathered online for the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA)!   RYLA is a program designed to assist young leaders in their personal development journey for living a meaningful and impactful life. RYLA is excellent for learning, building community; inspiring participants to take positive action to develop themselves and their communities. 

Working within their communities, Rotary clubs throughout D7080 sponsored participants to take part in RYLA. The age of participants ranged from 17 to 30, and a diverse range of cultural and educational backgrounds were in attendance. 
Thank you to our Rotarians and Rotaractors that volunteered their time to be speakers at the event and participate in RYLA’s Living Library. 
John Lomax, our District’s Indigenous Resource Committee Chair spent the morning with participants researching about Indigenous history and educating participants on Indigenous culture. 
Brenda Halloran, our District Governor Nominee, spent an afternoon speaking about diverse career choices, leadership in the community, and the importance of self confidence. 
We also had Rotarians participate in the RYLA Living Library - an afternoon where RYLA participants were able to chat with Rotarians about careers and Rotary. 
After two years of RYLA being paused by the pandemic, we had a great weekend to bring back the RYLA spirit. 
Check out our RYLA Recap booklet to hear what the participants had to say about their experience!
A special thank you to the RYLA 2022 Organizing Committee: 
Chris-Beth Cowie - Member of Rotary Passport Club South
Lorraine Menezes - Member of Rotary Passport Club South
Leah Parent - District Rotaract Representative
Jananee Savuntharanathan - Rotaract Chair
Ed Fowler - Youth Service Chair
Submitted by Jananee Savuntharanathan
District 7080 Rotaract Director