2010-07-08 / Local & State

Rotary Program Introduces Youths To Concepts Of Leadership

Pictured above front row: Ashton Cook and Bailey Elbin; second row: Jenna Hull, Kelsey White and Josie Sornson. Pictured above front row: Ashton Cook and Bailey Elbin; second row: Jenna Hull, Kelsey White and Josie Sornson. Fifty-four young people ages 15-7 learned about decision-making, diversity and leadership styles during a four-daylong Rotary-sponsored event for youth. Known as Rotary Youths Leadership Awards (RYLA), the program provides education and training for young people with outstanding leadership potential.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hancock, those chosen to participate in RYLA heard informative presentations and participated in such activities as a business venture competition and team-building games with other young people sponsored by other Rotary clubs throughout the area. RYLA participants receive training from successful professionals, with special emphasis on the importance of ethics and community service. They often become leaders in their schools, communities and career paths.

The Rotary Club of Hancock is part of Rotary International’s global network of more than 31,000 clubs in 166 countries. Rotary International consists of 1.2 million professionals who volunteer to improve the quality of life in their home and world communities. Through service efforts, Rotary Club members help promote understanding and peace throughout the world. Rotary clubs support programs that address today’s most critical issues, including hunger, the environment, illiteracy and youth development.

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