Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

RYLA Conference


We will be conducting interviews at ABRHS and awarding Conference scholarships. APPLY EARLY! Participation is limited.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: You must be interviewed and submit your application and one page essay on “What leadership skills do you presently possess and what skills would you like to build by attending RYLA?”

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference

All Acton and Boxborough high school sophomores are welcome to apply. This includes students of AB Regional High School, Minuteman High School, charter schools, private high schools, home schooling and similar students.

Completing the Application:

Click on the link RYLA Student application and complete it and print it out and leave it with Melissa Dempsey in the AB High School guidance department or send to The Rotary Club of Acton Boxborough, P.O. Box 2161, Acton, MA 01720-6161. Our contact email is abrotaryclub@gmail.com.

The RYLA Conference will offer outstanding high school sophomores an opportunity to live, work and interact together in an atmosphere of friendly competition. It will be a program designed to challenge the participants to utilize and improve their skills and accept the responsibilities of leadership. Best of all, there is no charge to the students for the program! The Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough will sponsor 8 participants at this year’s conference.

Participants will be selected from young women and men who have exhibited leadership abilities and who will be entering their Junior year of high school in the fall. The Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough is now contacting high school principals, guidance counselors, youth organizations and other sources for nominations of conference participants.

Aimed at developing the leadership potential of young men and women, the conference will feature many thought-provoking events including interactive Leadership Labs, exciting guest speakers, and challenging mental and physical activities that will provide the participants with a chance to excel amongst and with their peers. Topics will include decision-making, critical thinking, communicating effectively, ethics, and public service.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference website