The Rotary Club of San Francisco recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

RYLA is one of the most significant and fastest growing programs of Rotary service. Each year thousands of young people take part in the program worldwide. The impact spreads further as the program influences other young people.

RYLA is Rotary's leadership training program for young adults. It is offered by Rotary districts around the world. RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth. A program of Rotary International is offered high school students who are in the 10th or 11th grade.

Participants are sponsored by local Rotary clubs in District 5150 (Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties) and are selected through a competitive online application process. All expenses are paid by RYLA and local Rotary clubs. For those who are selected to participate, this recognition offers the opportunity to build self-confidence, gain exposure to a variety of issues and people, meet active community leaders, and learn valuable information and life skills.

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Rotarians sponsor junior service clubs in area high schools, providing mentoring and guidance to students who want to focus on local and international service projects. Our most active Interact Club is at Lowell High School.