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,


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

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:

Boulder County Youth Corps Summer Jobs

CONTACT: Judy Wolfe, Youth Corps Program Manager, 303-678-6104

Teens can apply for summer jobs with Boulder County Youth Corps

Boulder County residents ages 14-17 can now apply for summer jobs with the Youth Corps. Girls especially are encouraged to apply. Applications are available online. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, March 30.

The Youth Corps offers one of the best first job opportunities available in Boulder County.  160 teenagers will be hired to work 30 hours a week, Monday through Thursday, from June 11 to Aug. 1 on a variety of community service projects. Projects will include such activities as trail construction and maintenance, historic preservation, forest thinning, construction and repair of fencing, landscaping and removal of Russian olive trees and noxious weeds.

Corpsmembers will earn a starting hourly wage of $10.20, with the possibility of earning a $100 bonus at the end of the program based on merit and strong attendance.

I learned helpful tips about keeping our world a healthy place,” one of last year’s Corpsmembers said of the experience.

For more information or to apply online, visit

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. 

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