Professionals skilled in interfacing with this age group will conduct the actual exercises with trained former RYLA campers in the role of junior counselors and role models. Structured working sessions on making choices, self-understanding, teamwork, resolving conflicts and ethical behavior will be conducted each day.
A community service project will be included to give the students the importance and the benefits that come from helping others. A graduation ceremony (parents and siblings invited) will be conducted on the last day.
All sessions will be conducted under the direction of Dean and Rochelle Whellams, who are also the program directors for the RYLA program (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards). The Adventure Challenge Program will be directed by staff from Sierra Nevada Journey. All sessions will be conducted under the supervision of the Rotary Clubs in District 5190.
The highly selective process of choosing students for this program will allow us to focus on students who have already demonstrated leadership skills. We will further develop and refine those skills and add tools to help in making choices, understanding themselves and being effective in a team situation. REGL graduates will be equipped to be more effective communicators, to know themselves well and to make sound, ethical decisions in the coming years. We hope your club will sponsor a middle school in your community and participate in the Rotary Eighth Grade Leadership Program. If a presentation or discussion with your Club would be of value, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.
Please direct all questions to RotaryEGL@gmail.com