Lyndonville Rotary Club and St. Johnsbury Rotary Club will be sending five students to Lyndon State College the weekend of June 21-23 to attend RYLA (The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards).
Lyndonville Rotary Club is sponsoring Erin O'Farrell and Matthew Walker, both students at Lyndon Institute. St. Johnsbury Rotary Club is sponsoring Lauren Urie, a sophomore at St. Johnsbury Academy; Kassandra Thresher, a sophomore at Danville School; and Jack Beauparlant, also a sophomore at Danville.
The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. In District 7850 (Lyndonville's and St. Johnsbury's district), clubs focus on students who are completing their freshman or sophomore year of high school (approximately 14-16 years of age). RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to:
â?¢ Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth while at the same time exposing them to Rotary's values of service, high ethical standards, and world peace.
â?¢ Encourage and assist young people in responsible and effective voluntary youth leadership by providing them with a valuable training experience.
â?¢ Foster continued and stronger leadership of youth by youth.
â?¢ Recognize and reward publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities as youth leaders.
Originating in 1959 in Queensland, Australia, RYLA was created as a festival highlighting local youth organized in honor of a royal visit by Princess Victoria. The Rotary Youth Leadership Award Program was officially adopted by Rotary International in 1971. Conducted on a district level, RYLA offers Rotarians a special opportunity to take part in mentoring the developing qualities of leadership and good citizenship among young people in their communities.
For more information about RYLA in Rotary District 7850, go to www.ryla7850.com.