Rotary Club Inviting Young People to Join Leadership Award

Henley Rotary Club are looking for 2 candidates to join the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) programme for young people (between 18-25) between 16-23 July 2022.

RYLA offers a special opportunity to take part in developing qualities of leadership, team working, initiative and problem solving at the start of their careers.  Two days are spent team building followed by two days learning new skills, for example, orienteering, rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing and slate mine exploration. These skills are applied in a 30-hour group exercise in locations around the Snowdonia National Park, including a night in the open.  This develops a more complete personality and the new-found confidence and skills are brought back into the community and demonstrated to their sponsoring clubs, by way of a short presentation on their experiences as a precursor to receiving a certificate.

The week-long course takes place at Rhos-y-Gwaliau, a small hamlet near Lake Bala in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales.  The Centre is staffed by a small group of dedicated and talented course leaders, professionally qualified in the specialised field of outdoor leisure pursuits.

As to the question ‘who is selected?’ the short answer is that there is no particular type of person. Indeed, the success of the course depends on there being a good mix of both sexes of different ages (between 18 and 25), backgrounds and experience, all with leadership potential.  The course is also designed to develop the latent talents of anyone held back by lack of confidence. Candidates must be prepared to contribute to as well as benefit from the course and preference will be given to those who would not otherwise get the opportunity to take part in such an award scheme. It will be an alcohol-free week.

There is no cost to the candidates selected.  They are sponsored by a Rotary club.   Are you a local business who may have a member of staff that you wish to nominate as part of their development training programme. You must be 18 by the first day of the course.

Anyone wishing to apply, please email mark.harling@hotmail.com with a brief explanation as to why they wish to take part and their contact details.

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