Applications for Rotary youth Leadership awards due by Feb. 22

Posted: Friday, February 01, 2008

JUNEAU - High school sophomores and juniors, and any Rebound Exchange student currently in high school may apply to participate in Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. All total of six participants will be selected to be sponsored by Juneau Rotary, Gastineau Rotary and Glacier Valley Rotary Clubs. More than 80 youth from across the state of Alaska will be awarded with the opportunity to attend.

Students may attend one of two informational sessions about the awards at 11:20 a.m. today at Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School or at noon on Tuesday at the Juneau-Douglas High School library.

RYLA is a multi-day leadership event that promotes development and understanding of leadership principles. The program consists of a combination of experiential activities, group discussion, personal reflection, guest speakers, panels, group team building and problem solving activities. Participants learn about the qualities of leadership, what makes an effective team and apply what they learn in challenging activities.

All activities will take place March 27-30 at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage. Participants will stay overnight at a hotel on base and all activities will take place on base. Transportation and registration fees are paid by Juneau's rotary clubs.

Applications are available in the JDHS counseling office, at Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School and online at All applications are due by 4 p.m. on Feb. 22. The application process will include an interview. Parent or guardian permission is required for all participants who apply to attend RYLA 2008.

For more information call 321-0446 or 463-4915.

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