Before the summer we were nominated and selected to participate in the Rotary Young Leadership Award (RYLA) course for a week in the summer holidays. We had to go through an interview process to get on but were both successful. The course was set up to develop the leadership and teamwork skills of the young people of today.
Participants are sponsored by their local Rotary Club who also select candidates following interviews. The course is designed for 14-18 years olds and emphasises leadership, citizenship and personal growth. The course aims to demonstrate Rotary‘s respect and concern for young people, provide an effective training experience for the selected young people and encourage leadership in young people. The programme also aims to recognise publicly recognise the young leaders who are providing good service to their communities.
During the week there was a range of outdoor activities with talks in the morning dealing with different aspects of leadership. The talks included ‘A Happy Leadership‘ talk by Grant Wright and another talk on Leadership by Graham Clark. The activities included gorge walking, mountain biking, climbing and hill walking.
RYLA is a great opportunity to develop your leadership and teamwork skills, along with meeting other young people from all around Scotland. It is also a great time to try new things and have fun.
We both really enjoyed the week at RYLA and would recommend it to anyone offered the opportunity to participate.
Anna Duff (6S) and Rory Finlayson (6S)