Academy (RYLA) will be held at
William Woods University June 24-27.
Academy was originally established in Queensland,
Australia, to promote global community awareness and service through high,
fair, ethical standards and through personal relationships. In 1971, the
academy was officially adopted by
Rotary International. Among Rotary
International Clubs, the Rotary clubs of Missouri have been
recognized as the best of
Rotary clubs of Missouri sponsor
100 students from the state to
participate in teambuilding
and awareness activities, as well as service projects and self evaluation, to
learn the ideals of service.
may sponsor a student or two from their area.
Students are typically recommended by schools’ guidance counselors and
administrators or by members of the community. After the academy, students
attend a local Rotary
meeting to explain what they’ve learned and focus on doing future community
students: Leah England of
Fulton High School and Kelsey Slaughter of South Callaway
attending the academy and can’t wait to grow in my leadership
skills,” England said. “I
am very thankful to the Fulton Rotary Club for sponsoring me and seeing my
Fulton Rotary Club. I am excited about meeting teenagers from across the state and
sharing thoughts and ideas about leadership with them and learning from each other. I
know it will be an
informative and fun camp.”
students who have
finished their sophomore
year of high school are
eligible to attend RYLA. Each student is
sponsored by their home
Rotary Club, which has worked
with other community-oriented organizations to find candidates with hearts for
placed into 10 groups
of 10 people. Over three days,
students work with a curriculum based on creating and expanding knowledge of
leadership and service.
is amazing! When we first team them up
together on Sunday night,
you can tell they’re slightly uncomfortable because each person in their group is from a different walk
of life. By Monday, the groups have become the most tight-knit group of
friends,” Cathy Libey, state Rotarian counselor and
past president of the
Jefferson City Evening
and aims to demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for youth, provide
an effective training experience for selected youth and
potential leaders, encourage leadership of youth by youth and
recognize publicly young people who are
rendering service to their community.
experience. Although we want them to have a good time while
at the academy, we are clear about this not being the primary reason
we are together,” said Rachel Russell, director of programming for Missouri RYLA.
seeing service as a way of life that naturally
emerges from a commitment of their hearts;
see themselves as connected
citizens of their
communities, nation and world. We hope they take in the message,
‘It is not about me,’ and embrace the motto of Rotary International, ‘Service
the steps of Dulany Auditorium.
discuss their strategy
for a team-building
course as a way of team-building.