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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

Leticia Cole is Lawrence Central Rotary Club’s point person for recruiting young people to participate in the annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program. Most Rotary Clubs participate in RYLA, which typically consists of a week long summer camp for students 14 years and older. Students learn a variety of leadership skills and the value of civic involvement. Rotary District 5710 sponsors RYLA on the Kansas University campus the first week in June. District Rotary Clubs select and cover the costs of student participants who learn leadership and communication skills, form new friendships and have fun. Community leaders are utilized as presenters and mentor figures, and students may engage in community service projects. Typically, our selected student will visit the club to report on their RYLA experience. Leticia states that her work with RYLA is very satisfying.