2020 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) set for February 27-29 (UPDATED 1/28/2020)
RYLA is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs and Districts around the globe.  Each year thousands of young people are sponsored by local Rotary Clubs to participate in RYLA programs around the world.  District 6820 RYLA will be held at Twin Lake Conference Center in Florence, MS  February 27-29, 2020.
Registration for RYLA 2020 is officially open through February 3rd.  Clubs may now direct their students to myrylams.org   They can thin select the tab AMBASSADORS Register Now. 

****Students will receive a confirmation email.  Once registration closes, an email will be sent to all student and parent emails containing additional information, medical information forms, and general release documents to be completed and returned to the RYLA email box by no later than 2/15/2020.  (UPDATED)

Rotary District 6820 is looking for high school students, grades 9-12, who are school and/or community leaders with a strong service background to apply for RYLA. Those student selected by their local club will have the opportunity to discuss leadership, service and career opportunities and to exchange ideas about current ethical and social issues with knowledgeable District 6820 Rotarians and with local and regional leaders.  
See what our Alumni think about RYLA

See highlights from RYLA 2018

In 2019 we welcomed our largest group to date the 43 student participants.  The student Ambassadors represent 18 clubs from around the district.
Thank you to each sponsor club and some generous Rotarians who have stepped up to ensure that each participant was funded for 2019.  Special thanks to the District 6820 Foundation for filling the gap by making grants available to many of our sponsor clubs this year.
RYLA 2020 will be held at Twin Lakes Conference Center in Florence, MS from February 27th thru February 29th.
  • Open to all students grades 9-12. (including children of Rotarians)  Includes public schools, private schools, and homeschool associations.
  • The cost for RYLA is paid 100% by Rotary clubs,  District 6820, The District 6820 Foundation, and by donations from businesses and friends of RYLA
  • The cost will again be $325 per Ambassador- paid by the local Rotary club.  Clubs may send as many Ambassadors/Alumni as they choose. 
  • Rotary clubs may apply for a special 50/50 matching grant from the district.  (Grant form can be downloaded on the District Homepage) (UPDATED)
  • Rotary Clubs should remit $325 per student sponsored, by no later than February 15, 2020 (UPDATED)
  • Grant funds will be sent to the clubs immediately AFTER the end of RYLA as reimbursement for each student that attends.
  • Each club in 6820 is asked to send at least one new Ambassador or one Alumni to RYLA.
  • Students should submit online registration and all follow-up documents  by no later than Friday January 31st.
  • Additional information for sponsor clubs is available by emailing district6820ryla@gmail.com .
  • For more information on RYLA from Rotary International, check out the Rotary information page HERE.
  • For more information on District 6820 RYLA, check out the RYLA 6820 site HERE.
Payments should be mailed to:
District 6820
70 Brickerton Street
Columbus, MS 39701
Contact your Assistant Governor or the District RYLA Chair Steve Jackson (601.248.3557) or District6820RYLA@gmail.com  for more information about sponsoring a student.