RYLA scholars Emma Bladen (Madras) and Lucy Jackson (St Leonards)
Wed 11th November 2015 at 12.50 - 14.00
School pupils who attended Rotary Youth Leadership courses sponsored by our Club
The Rotary Leadership Award (RYLA) is one of a number of initiatives sponsored and supported by many clubs across the world to encourage and enable young people from all backgrounds and cultures to acquire new skills which will enable them to play a full and active part in their communities.
The Rotary Club of St. Andrews in collaboration with two other local Clubs - Kilrymont and North Fife - has for a number of years sponsored four young people each year to attend a week-long residential course at the Abernethy Trust Nethybridge Centre. Over the course of the week, paticipants work in teams. The focus is very much on physical activity. However, in addition to this, emphasis is placed on the importance of team-work, positive leadership, communication skills, problem-solving skills, building self-confidence and aspects of community and global citizenship. A programme of motivational talks is also built into the week. Pupils are selected by an interview and have to earn their place. After the experience, successful applicants are invited to attend a meeting of their sponsoring club and to a give a brief talk about their experiences of RYLA. To date the feed-back has always been positive and encouraging.