RYLA is a Rotary sponsored youth leadership training program for high school-age students. Each year, more than 9,000 young people are sponsored in RYLA programs by Rotary clubs in over 25 countries. Rotarians provide the RYLA program for FREE to all participating students. Rotary District 6580 sponsors an annual RYLA program at Bradford Woods, which is owned and operated by Indiana University and is located in rural Morgan County.

The RYLA program takes full advantage of the beautiful wooded setting. Under the guidance of trained facilitators at Bradford Woods, RYLA participants gain valuable leadership skills through a variety of adventurous "learn by doing" opportunities.

RYLA participants sleep in cabins and spend most of their day in the outdoor setting. Daily activities are a part of the Bradford Woods Outdoor Challenge Education Program. Some of the activities are only inches from the ground while others are a bit more daring. All require the participants to take a risk, give 100% and be a supportive member of a team. All RYLA students grow in self-confidence, gain insights into positive group behaviors and interactions, develop leadership skills, make a lot of new friends, and have a lot of fun in the process.

Objectives of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Program
* To acquaint RYLA participants with the fundamentals of Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self” and further demonstrate Rotary's respect , support and concern for youth. Rotary believes that “Youth are the future!”
* To encourage and assist selected youth who demonstrate leadership potential in methods of responsible and effective voluntary youth leadership by providing them with unique training and personal growth experience.
* To encourage continued and strengthened leadership for youth by youth.
* To publicly recognize the abilities and attributes of many young people who are rendering a service to their communities as youth leaders, and who hold great potential as future leaders in their own communities.

Responsibilities of Participating Teens
Local Rotary Clubs make all arrangements and pay all RYLA program fees ($275/student which represents an increase from previous years), so it is imperative that registered students make the commitment to attend RYLA for the entire weekend. Potential RYLA participants should check the dates carefully before committing to the program. The only other requirement is to come with an open mind and a desire to learn and have fun!

About Us
Rotary unites more than a million people around the world. Rotary District 6580, based in Southern Indiana, consists of 32 Rotary clubs and more than 1,500 Rotarians. Rotary clubs in our district range in size from 12 to 200 members. Our clubs’ programs involve prominent leaders in every field, and our membership represents business and civic leaders of our communities and our state. Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
District 6580 selects Megan Gearhart as Global Grant Scholar
The District 6580 Global Grant Scholarship Committee has selected IU graduate Megan Gearhart of Roanoke, Indiana for the 2023-24 scholarship. Megan will use the $40,000 award to pursue a Joint Masters of Law in International Law of Global Security, Peace and Development, plus Global Policy Development, through Erasmus Mundus, a European Union program. Her host club will be the Rotary Club of Olomouc City, Czech Republic.
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