RYLA 2015


The RYLA Conference for 2015 will be July 26-31 at Grinnell College.  High school sophomores and juniors may apply to attend RYLA.  Generally, applicants selected have excelled in one or more areas of high school involvement, have proven leadership experience or have shown leadership potential and must be able to stay for all 6 days of the conference from 3:00 PM, Sunday, July 26 to noon, Friday, July 31, 2015.  The Rotary Club of Ankeny will again be sponsoring several students to attend RYLA in 2015.   Interested students may apply beginning February 15, 2015.  If you know of a student that may be interested or would like to be a counselor, please contact Gary Welch.


The objectives of RYLA are:

  • To encourage and assist youth leaders and potential leaders in methods of responsible and effective leadership by providing them with a training experience.
  • To encourage continued and stronger leadership of youth by youth
  • To publicly recognize the outstanding qualities of many young people who are rendering service to their schools and communities as leaders

The entire focus of RYLA is to provide foundational leadership skills for teenagers.  It has been said that leadership cannot be taught, but it must be learned.  At RYLA there are opportunities to learn leadership skills through experiential activities, incredible speakers, small group discussions, large group presentations, and in building life-long friendships.  Part of the magic of RYLA is not having any expectations going into it, which is why we are rather close-mouthed about exactly what we do.  RYLA keeps the students busy all day every day, but the end result is more than worth the initial scariness of the unknown.