2021 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

District 7070 (Southern Ontario)

Get ready to Grasp The Opportunities.

In-Person 2021 RYLA is cancelled due to the pandemic.

What is RYLA?

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program of Rotary District 7070 gathers youth ranging from ages 19 to 25 for an immersive week of training focused on civic leadership.


Every workshop and activity delivered during the time period has the objective of equipping participants with action-oriented next steps.


The bonds made throughout the week lasts beyond the 6 days. We cultivate our network and hope to bring RYLA alumni further into the Rotary family.


Each participant accepted into the program comes from a unique background. We harness that to build global citizens.


Participants dive deep into aspects of teamwork, communication, and conflict resolution for personal and professional development.

Our 2019 Program by the numbers






Rotary Clubs


People Involved Across 5 Generations

Glimpse of Past Speakers & Facilitators

Jimmy Chan, CEO of Odyssey 3D

Dauna Jones-Simmonds, President of DEJS (Diversity) Consulting

Valarie Wafer, Rotary International Board of Directors

Donna Cansfield, Former Provincial Politician

Rich Batchelor, CEO of Capillary Consulting

Deepta Banik, Co-Founder of Infuzion Artistry

Prashant Bagga, Student & LinkedIn Influencer

Susan Hunter, Director of Willis Towers Watson Talent & Rewards

Hugh Williams, Founding Director of Team Unbreakable

Kyle Christian, Motivational Speaker

Prince Kumar, Chief Executive Partner of StraNexus Inc.

Andrea Tirone, Founder of Blank Canvas Therapy

How does it work?


  • Youth ages 19-25 from the District 7070 region and around the world may apply.

  • Application is filled out in full by deadline date.

  • Participants do not need former leadership training, however, former experience is beneficial.


  • Participants must attend the entire program from start to end.

  • Participants must showcase their learnings to their Sponsor in the form of a presentation at the end of the program, or otherwise agreed upon method.

  • Be a RYLA ambassador for future cohorts.


  • The RYLA program fee of $975.00 CAD is FREE of charge to accepted participants.

  • Applicants must be nominated by local Rotary Club to be guaranteed a spot.

  • Applicants may contact us for assistance in establishing a participant-sponsor relationship.


  • All interested participants must submit an online application form.

  • All sponsoring clubs or organization must also submit an online application form.

  • Application forms must be received before the deadline specified for the year.

Our Demographic

We do accept international candidates. Though our primary target of youth leaders are those within the Rotary District 7070 region. District 7070 spans from Metropolitan Toronto to Belleville East to just under North of Alliston. Ontario, Canada.

Our RYLA Organizing Team

Weiting Bollu

RYLA Co-Chair, Programing Lead

Rotaractor, Rotaract Club of GTA Connect

Neil Phillips

RYLA Co-Chair, Advisor

Rotarian, Rotary Club of Toronto

Sarah Hui

RYLA Treasurer

Rotarian, Rotary Club of Toronto

Jamie Aelick

RYLA Programming Coordinator

Rotaractor, Rotaract Club of GTA Connect

Rodayna Esmat

RYLA Programming Coordinator

Rotaractor, Rotaract Club of Toronto

Katherine Kirkpatrick-Wahl

RYLA Admissions Coordinator

Rotaractor, Rotaract Club of GTA Connect

We're getting ourselves organized for the next RYLA!

If you have questions in advance, please reach out!