Academy (RYLA), a unique hands-on
experience in service
leadership for high school students
entering or exiting their sophomore
year, will be held at
William Woods University June 23-26.
Dr. Sherry McCarthy,
WWU vice president
and academic dean and a
Fulton Rotary Club member. “These high school leaders
are the type of students we want to attract when they conduct their college search,
and this gives great exposure to our campus.”
Australia, the Rotary Youth Leadership
Academy promotes global community awareness and service through high, fair,
ethical standards and through personal relationships. In 1971, the
academy was officially adopted by
Academy is the only Rotary International board-recognized
RYLA in the world. It
is sponsored by Missouri Rotary
districts 6040, 6060 and 6080. Academy tuition is paid through student
sponsorship by local Rotary
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: New Bloomfield High School students Ashley
and Brooke Kelley, twin daughters of Rotarian Patty Miller.
placed into 10 groups
of 10 people. Over four days,
students work with a curriculum based on creating and expanding knowledge of
leadership and service.
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.
course as a way of team-building.