Students from Stroudsburg High School came and spoke about their experiences with RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards).  They had spoke about the different interest groups that they were a part of such as engineering and art; and the projects they worked on together to learn leadership skills.  President Karen shared about how successful the program was for the 80 students that were involved and about the WAI devices that the students made and sent to Zambia.  WAPI's are water purification instruments that help check water during the pasteurization process to show when water is safe for drinking.  Pictured below is RYLA Chair and RCOTS President Karen DeMatteo, Tyler Boback, Mike Marsack, Ben Burch and RYLA co-chair Amy Leiser.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards is a leadership development program run by Rotary.  While participants can be any age, most events focus on secondary school students, university students r young professionals.  RYLA events are typically 3-10 days long and include presentations, activities, and workshops that cover a variety of topics including:
  • Leadership fundamentals and ethics
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving and conflict management
  • Community and global citizenship
To learn more about RYLA in District 7410, email Karen DeMatteo at