Each summer Rotary Youth Leadership Awakening (RYLA) offers an intense, transformative experience for High School students from across Northern California and Nevada. Nevada City Rotary was proud to host Jason Lehman from Ghidotti Early College High School and  Jessica Lake from Nevada Union  at Camp RYLA (III) this summer. 
Alison Lehman joined us for lunch with her son Jason when he spoke to our club about his RYLA experience.
Jason Lehman pictured with Co-President Chris Newsom and Alison Lehman, CEO, Nevada County.

Jessica and Jason shared highlights of their RYLA experiences and the impact the week-long camp had on their lives. Jessica went on to serve as a youth counselor at Rotary Eighth Grade Leadership (REGL) this month which further deepened her RYLA experience.  Jessica with her father Zack and Jason with his mother Alison Lehman were guests of our Club for lunch on Thursday September 22.

RYLA is an intense and incredibly challenging program combining individual and team based experiences.  Students participate in a character building program provided by the Grizzly Creek Ranch Ropes Course, which focuses on leadership, effective communication, trust and cooperation. RYLA is sponsored by Rotary Districts 5180 and 5190.  The week long camp has been designed to engender passion, resilience, determination, mental toughness, gratitude and compassion. In addition, the program instills in the participants the value of Service above Self, a core Rotary belief.

Attendance at RYLA is supported by fully paid scholarships provided by the Rotary Clubs in Rotary Districts 5180 and 5190 and takes place at the superb educational retreat at the Grizzly Creek Ranch located near Portola, California.

For more information visit Camp RYLA.