Being a RYLA facilitator is a unique service opportunity often described as one of the high points in a Rotarian's life.
Important Message About RYLA 2020
As we have continued to monitor COVID-19 and have seen cases start to appear closer and closer to San Diego County, the RYLA Committee has made the decision to exercise an abundance of caution and cancel RYLA 2020. See the full announcement here.
One of the great joys of being a Rotarian is to share your vision of leadership and service with young people. RYLA gives you the opportunity to participate in leadership, learning and fellowship activities with some of the District’s finest high school juniors.
2020 Key Dates
February: Facilitator application deadline
April 4: Mandatory half-day (a.m.) facilitator orientation. Location TBD
April 17-19: RYLA Weekend (many facilitators will come Thursday evening, April 16)
What To Expect
Here's what you can expect:
An "outdoorsy" experience: RYLA is held in a camp like environment in the mountains, meaning there will be lots of outdoor activities and a fair amount of walking around (reasonable accommodations will be made as needed).
Hello, roomie: Facilitators stay either in the bunkhouses with the students or in shared cabins with other facilitators.
Long (but fun) days: Days are full, with activities starting early in the morning and continuing until around 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Sunday wraps up around 2 p.m.
Rain or shine: Weather can vary from late spring snow flurries to hot and sunny.
No time for office checkins: You will be focused on your 7 to 9 family members the entire time. Make arrangements to cover any work or personal obligations prior to arriving at RYLA (plus cell coverage is spotty and wifi is not available).
After attending the mandatory orientation and reviewing the facilitator's manual, you'll be off to a great start. The facilitators also gather during the day to debrief, brainstorm and support each other with tips and ideas.
Ever been to camp? Then you'll feel right at home. Facilitators either act as dorm monitors in the student housing or share cabins with other facilitators. No matter where you end up, we guarantee a good night's sleep (you WILL be tired).
The camp is located in a beautiful setting in the small town of Idyllwild. It's a large site, so be prepared for lots of walking. Dress in layers because the temperature can change quickly. We recommending coming up Thursday evening to get settled and be ready by 8 a.m. Friday.
We promise, you will NOT go hungry. In addition the three square meals (which you'll eat with your families in the dining hall), there are snacks and coffee in the facilitator's lounge early in the morning and during afternoon facilitator meetings. Expect fruit, nuts and yogurt for those who want to be very healthy, and cookies, cakes and chips for the rest of us.
Your Fellow Facilitators
RYLA always has a mix of experienced facilitators and first timers. Facilitators come from Rotary clubs throughout the region and are as diverse as our district itself, young and old, men and women, coming from all types of backgrounds and professions.
Feel free to get in touch with our facilitator coordinator. He's been doing this a long time and can get you any additional information you need.
Paul van Roon
(619) 262-7000 (Work)
(619) 980-2334 (Mobile)
Your RYLA "Family"
Families are the essence of the RYLA conference. Participants will be divided into families to provide a more intimate learning and sharing experience. Each family consists of a Rotarian facilitator and up to 10 students from different high schools throughout our Rotary District. The family will become a close-knit community as a result of working together and sharing ideas after each major presentation and activity.
The process of facilitation is to guide or lead the family as it reflects on an experience, whether that experience was a speaker, a workshop or an activity. Effective facilitation enables students to share perspectives on a common experience through a productive dialog and then develop behavioral changes through enriched communication, trust, and teamwork.