Rotary hosts Youth Leadership Awards

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) participants last weekend.

PHILIPSBURG–The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) organised last weekend by Chairperson Rotarian Jon Hart, Rotaractor Micaela Hart, Rotarian Henna Budhrani and Assistant Governor Marcellia Henry exceeded all expectations, according to the Club on Wednesday.

RYLA is an intensive leadership experience organised by Rotary Clubs and Districts where the youth develop their skills as leaders while having fun and making connections. RYLA events are organised locally by Rotary Clubs and Districts for participants ages 14-30. The RYLA held at University of St. Martin was attended by 43 Interactors from Anguilla, Sundial School, Milton Peters College, Learning Unlimited Preparatory School and St. Dominic High School.


Depending on community needs, RYLA may take the form of a one-day seminar, a three-day retreat, or a weeklong camp. Typically, events last 3-10 days and include presentations, activities, and workshops covering a variety of topics. A community can host a RYLA event for secondary school students to hone their leadership potential, for university students to develop creative problem-solving strategies, or for young professionals to learn ethical business practices.

The welcoming remarks and introduction were delivered by Assistant Governor Marcellia Henry. The first session of the day focused on Rotary’s purpose and service to the community. Adante Pitter of Milton Peters College and Kyrleson Aad Klaren of Albena Lake Hodge Comprehensive School in Anguilla explained what an Interact Club is and how Interactors contribute to the community and their schools.

Breakout sessions for the event, which started at 9:00am and ended at 3:00pm, were: Fundamentals of leadership and ethics of positive leadership presented by Julie Harpalani; The importance of communication skills in effective leadership presented by Kimberley Duzong; a second session presented by Gabriel Flanders; Building self-confidence and self-esteem presented by Paula Gordon; and Problem Solving and Conflict Management presented by Sanjana Manek.

An award presentation for all participants was held at the end of the day’s event, the Club said.

During the closing remarks Hart thanked the sponsors of this RYLA: Coffee Lounge, Shieka’s, White Swan, Lazy Lizard, Jewelery Avenue, Pavillion, Ocean Jewelers, Infinity Jewelers, Office World St. Maarten, NATCOM UNESCO, University of St. Martin and the Rotary Clubs of St. Maarten and Anguilla.

It is the intention to organise another RYLA during the Rotary year 2018-2019 to shape leadership skills in students who already possess and demonstrate outstanding leadership characteristics in their high schools and communities.

Source: The Daily Herald