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,


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.

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.

Women’s GoCyberStart & CyberSecurity Conference

GirlsGoCyberStart registration now open!

​GirlsGoCyberStart is a competition for high school girls in grades 9 through 12, or a homeschool equivalent. The girls or teams who solve the most problems within the designated time will have the opportunity to win computers and other “techy” prizes as well as a trip, along with a parent, to the 
2018 Women in CyberSecurity Conference.

For more information on the competition and what states can participate click here. (includes Maryland) 

For more information on the 
Colorado competition click here. 

Leadership Opportunity for SVVSD students

My name is Rose Hopman and I belong to the Longmont St.Vrain Rotary Club.  We feel privileged to extend our an invitation to SVVSD high school students to apply for a unique educational leadership experience.  Our club would like to sponsor a student or two interested in attending the World Affairs Seminar 2018 on Innovation: Shaping The World You Will Inherit. The 2018 World Affairs Seminar is Saturday, June 23 – Friday, June 29th at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin.  This seminar is for students who fit the following criteria:
– Students must be between the ages of 16-18.
– Must have completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year in high school.
– Are in good academic standing.
– Have an interest in global issues and building a strong portfolio for college and future careers.
– Can be endorsed by a school official as a student in good academic standing, with integrity, maturity and a sincere desire to participate in the unique educational opportunity. 
We would like students that are interested to complete the application and write a short essay expressing their interest and how they feel they could benefit from attending the 2018 World Affairs Seminar.  We would also request that the student(s) awarded a scholarship give a presentation detailing their experience to our rotary group upon their return.  All applications and essays should be returned to the Longmont St. Vrain Rotary Club by February 12, 2018 to allow time to process and select a candidate or two.  Awarded students would need to pay for airfare to Wisconsin but lodging and meals are covered.  (Please see attachments for more detailed information.)  This amazing opportunity has been described by many past participants as a “life changing experience” so we would like to reach as many deserving students as possible.  
Please view all seminar details and the application in the link below:  
If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me at OR  OR 303-776-2265 
Please send student applications and essays to:
High Plains Bank
Attn: Rose Hopman
Longmont St. Vrain Rotary Club

College Admissions Expert Panel November 14th @ 6:30 At Niwot High School

Do you want to…

  • know what colleges are looking for in applicants
  • learn how to maximize college visits
  • improve your understanding of how testing works in the admissions process
  • understand how to effectively work with admissions offices
  • conquer the stressful myths about the admissions process

You are not alone and we have an awesome opportunity for you and your family to ask questions and hear directly from Colorado’s leading college admissions experts.

Please plan on taking advantage of this unique opportunity! And, yes, this event is open to all SVVSD students and families!

What : College Admissions Expert Panel

When: Tuesday, November 14th @ 6:30 pm

Where: NHS Auditorium

Kevin MacLennan
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management
and Executive Director of Admissions
University of Colorado Boulder

Stacy Hernandez
College Consultant, The Best U
Former Assistant Director of Admissions for Johns Hopkins University and Northeastern University

Rachel Balows
Associate Director of Admission & Communication
Undergraduate Admissions
University of Denver

College Goal Sunday

When: October 8th 1-3pm

Where: Island Grove Regional Park 501 N. 14th Avenue

For additional information please call 970.339.6548

College Goal Sunday is a FREE event designed to help students plan for college, from applying for scholarships to filling out required financial aid information. (There will be a scholarship drawing!)

 FAFSA completion

 Bright Futures Grant

 Aims, UNC, CSU, Latin American Education Foundation, and Daniels Fund representatives will be present.

 Local general scholarship opportunities

 Child care area

 Snacks & Drinks

 Spanish-speaking representatives available


For more information and what to bring with you please click on the links below:

College Goal Sunday English

College Goal Sunday Spanish

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