2017-08-11 / Maine

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

BY BOB WARREN
Bath Rotary Club


RISING MORSE HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS Jackson Walker, left, and Thomas Warren are among the 10 local students who were honored with Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and attended the Rotary-sponsored camp in June at Camp Hines in Raymond. 
PHOTO BY BOB WARREN PHOTO RISING MORSE HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS Jackson Walker, left, and Thomas Warren are among the 10 local students who were honored with Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and attended the Rotary-sponsored camp in June at Camp Hines in Raymond. PHOTO BY BOB WARREN PHOTO Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the globe. Each year, thousands of young people participate in what is targeted for rising high school juniors, who local clubs sponsor to attend the event run by the club's district committee.

Participants are chosen for their leadership potential. Clubs and the district cover all expenses for the participants except for travel to and from the camp. The format of the event varies from district to district, but commonly takes the form of a seminar, camp, or workshop to discuss leadership skills and to learn those skills through practice. Clubs and districts select participants and facilitate the event's curriculum.

RYLA aims to:

• Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth.

• Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders.

• Encourage leadership of youth by youth.

• Publicly recognize young people who are rendering service to their communities.

Every RYLA program covers the following core topics:

• Fundamentals of leadership

• Ethics of positive leadership

• Importance of communication skills in effective leadership

• Problem-solving and conflict management

• Rotary's purpose and service to the community

• Growth in self-confidence and self-esteem

• Elements of community and global citizenship

This year, the Rotary Club of Bath, in conjunction with the Bath Sunrise Rotary Club, sent 10 young men and women from Morse High School (the highest amount of attendees from any club in our district) to attend the three-night and four-day event this June at Camp Hinds in Raymond, Maine. To help with fundraising, the Morse Interact Club, a Rotary adjunct, joined forces with the two Bath Rotary Clubs and the Bath Regional Career and Technical Center culinary students, to sell lunches throughout the city. It was a huge success, with more than 125 lunches sold!

If you would like to learn more about RYLA, Rotary, or the Interact Club, please reach out to your local club for more details. The Bath Rotary Club meets at noon every Tuesday at J.R. Maxwell’s, 122 Front Street, Bath, and welcomes visitors. Details on the Bath Rotary and its activities can be found at bathrotary.org.

Bob Warren is the president-elect of the Bath Rotary Club.

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