Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

What is RYLA?

RYLA stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.  For over 25 years, Rotary has sponsored this 5-day leadership conference for high school juniors and seniors called RYLA. The objectives of RYLA are:


  • To provide an atmosphere where future leaders experience democratic living, and which will aid them in developing sound values.
  • To promote an environment that will provide each individual with the basis of insight and understanding for intelligent leadership.
  • To expose youth leaders to some opportunities and challenges of life in a free democratic, society.
  • To promote involvement that encourages the participants to think through and arbitrate conflicts in values.


These objectives are accomplished through a 5-day program that emphasizes values like personal responsibility, service and integrity and develops skills like goal-setting, decision-making, teamwork and interpersonal skills.   The program is very action-oriented and includes activities like guest speakers, the RYLA Olympics, teambuilding activities, skits and group discussions on issues appropriate to this age group. The students stay in a dormitory environment and are supervised by adult Rotarians.


When and where is it?

The conference will be held at the YMCA in Estes Park, CO, 60 minutes northwest of Denver.  There are 2 camps and the student can select which week they would like to attend based on their schedule. The first camp will begin mid-afternoon Sunday, July 15 and conclude at noon on Friday, July 20, 2018.  The second week will begin mid-afternoon Sunday, July 22 and conclude at noon on Friday, July 27, 2018.


Who is eligible?

  • Any student entering the 11th or 12th grade next fall.
  • The ideal candidate for RYLA has either demonstrated leadership ability in school, church or community activities or is a responsible and enthusiastic follower and has leadership potential. Sometime the best candidate has yet to have his or her leadership potential discovered.
  • A young person who is honest, responsible and shows the ability to make good decisions.
  • A young person who is recommended by a teacher, counselor or Rotarian and in good standing with the school.


What does it cost?

As an award for excellence, a local Rotary Club pays the conference fee of $450, and over 100 volunteers donate a week of their time, so there is no cost to the student.


How can students apply?

The student completes an application online at, gets their parent’s signature,   and also gets the signature of a counselor, teacher or Rotarian.  They will then be interviewed for possible selection by the Mead Rotary club. They MUST contact the Mead Rotary Club RYLA REP to ensure they are scheduled for an interview!  Each Rotary club interviews and selects the winning students by May 15. Every Rotary club establishes its own schedule prior to May 15, so contact them early to be sure and fit into their schedule.


They can call or email Veronica Silbaugh after they have filled out their application.


For more information, please read everything on the home page and in the “About RYLA” link on, and contact your local Rotary Club via the “Find Rotary Contacts” page on the web site. You can also contact the RYLA Registrar,


Rocky Mountain Conservancy High School Leadership Corps

Here is an opportunity for high school students to spend two-weeks learning and working in Rocky Mountain National Park through the Rocky Mountain Conservancy – High School Leadership Corps.

The Rocky Mountain Conservancy – High School Leadership Corps is an immersive 12-day experience. In 2018, there will be two sessions: June 11-22 and July 16-27. Each session will host 10 high school students. Students must be under 18 years of age during the program.

Participants will camp in Rocky Mountain National Park for the duration of the experience. During the program, youth will complete service projects, engage in a variety of trainings related to career and personal development, and participate in experiential learning activities in RMNP. The experience will culminate with a picnic, and youth will be invited to reflect on their experience with Conservancy staff, NPS facilitators and their families.

The program will be led by two Conservancy staff who will be with youth throughout the 12-day experience, camping at the campground, teaching programs, leading projects, and guiding campsite activities.

Participants will receive a $400 stipend upon completion of the program. Additionally, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy provides housing (camping), work clothing, boots and gear for the experience. To learn more and to apply, please visit:

2018 High School Leadership Corps Announcement_Colorado Recruitment

ASVAB Exam on 3/21/18

If you are interested in taking the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test), sign up for the exam at CDC on March 21. The ASVAB helps students interested in military careers, and students who are interested in discovering their strengths in relation to job skills.

Who: Students, 9- 12th grade

What: ASVAB exam

Where: Career Development Center, 1200 S. Sunset Street, Longmont

When: 8:00 – 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 21

ASVAB poster Spring 2018 B

Healthcare Career Day – April 26

Longmont United Hospital Career Day is Thursday, April 26, 2018!  LUH will be hosting a Career Day event for Middle School or High School students who are interested in learning more about healthcare careers. They are welcome to join us and experience the many facets of being a part of the healthcare team.

Our day is full of fun healthcare facts/games, information on career options and the junior volunteer program, tours and simulations, and interactive stations with various healthcare professionals at Longmont United Hospital.

For the best Career Day experience, this event is limited to students who have not previously attended Career Day at LUH  In addition, please limit this experience to students who truly have an interest in a health care education field.

Please submit the attached Career Day Participation Request paperwork to Education Services at or by fax to 303-485-3495 by April 16th, at 5 p.m. 

Contact Education Services at or 303-485-4149, or Alissa Kegler at or 303-485-4560 with any questions.

2018 CAREER DAY Letter & Application

Journey to JD- Current Sophomore summer program

The Center for Legal Inclusiveness, a Denver-based nonprofit wanted to share with you the exciting news of a new pipeline initiative for current sophomore high school students interested in the law: Journey to JD (J2JD).

J2JD is a one-week residential program, June 24-30, 2018, at the University of Denver, for 20 diverse rising high school juniors in Colorado.  Students will gain a basic understanding of the legal system and empower them to explore the possibilities of a career in the law.

The camp will feature interactive and engaging learning opportunities:

  • Classroom discussion led by law school faculty, attorneys and law students, and
  • Field trips highlighting different careers and opportunities in the legal profession.

The application process is relatively easy.  Online, students may submit the application and other requested materials, and have a nonfamily member complete a recommendation form.  Alternatively, PDF copies are available to print and mail.  The deadline is March 31st.

Except for a $50 seat deposit (which may be waived), there is no cost for students to attend.  Housing, meals, field trips, local transportation and learning materials will be covered by the camp.

This program has the potential to make an impact in creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession in Colorado.  But your help is needed.  Will you help me by promoting this opportunity to students in your organization?  And please feel free to share with other organizations to help disseminate this information.

Please direct them to our website, where they may complete their application.

CU Denver Spring Visits

CU Denver has an exciting line-up for interested students to visit our campus this spring!

Junior and senior students who have not yet applied are invited to attend:

Spring CU Denver Preview Day
Friday, March 9, 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

During Preview Day, students will learn more about the wide variety of opportunities at CU Denver by connecting with current CU Denver students, attending sessions related to their degree interests, and touring campus.

Seniors who haven’t completed an application can participate in our Application Party to get help on their application and have their app fee waived!

Seniors that have been accepted, but haven’t made their final college choice, are invited to attend:

Admitted Student Day
Friday, April 13, 2018
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

During Admitted Student Day, seniors can connect with their academic programs, take a tour of campus, enter to win a $1000 Tuition Award, and meet with a variety of our student organizations.

All students are encouraged to sign up today for these events! We hope to see your students on campus!

Young Adult Job Fair at Frederick High School

We will be hosting a Young Adult Job Fair at Frederick High School for our youth, ages 14-24 on March 20th 3-6pm.

We will have about 45 employers attend this event in hopes of hiring potential candidates for employment within their companies. Employers will be from both Weld County and Boulder County. Weld County will also be taking applications for our Weld Works for Youth summer employment program. Looking to hire outside of the Greeley area and more towards South County.

Anyone attending the event will need to be registered with prior to meeting with employers.

Camp Neuro applications/scholarships are now available

Camp Neuro and Camp Cardiac, run by local medical students in over 30 cities nationwide, serves as an ideal introduction for any high school student interested in exploring a career in medicine or psychology. These are one-week summer camps that give students a taste of what a career in these fields would look like.

For more information, and applications for the camp and scholarships, please check out the website:

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