January 2022
 
Dear Club President,
 

Would you and your Rotary club like to impact the lives of high school students in your community?  You can do just that by sponsoring local high school students to attend the Missouri RYLA Academy.

The Missouri RYLA Academy (MO RYLA) is a four-day/three-night service leadership academy that introduces Rotary’s “Service Above Self” philosophy.  The curriculum, developed and administered by professional educators, includes a personality self-assessment, team building activities, and a two-day service project simulation.  Our program is recognized by Rotary International as one of the model RYLA programs in the world, recently as the only break out session at the 2019 RI Convention in Hamburg, Germany.

MO RYLA is celebrating its 30th year in 2022!  In the last three decades, over two thousand students statewide having participated.  Missouri Rotary Districts 6040, 6060, and 6080 partner to administer this premier academy.  The staff is comprised of professional high school guidance counselors, educators and outstanding Rotarians from around the state. 

Recognizing the ever-changing COVID-19 mandates for the state of Missouri, we are proceeding forward and planning at this time to hold, in person, two academies for summer 2022.  If necessary, we will make our final decision to cancel our scheduled sessions by April 30th, 2022.

Registration information:
Sign Up/Registration Now Open:  January 1, 2022
Registration Deadline:  April 30th, 2022
 
Academy Dates: University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg
Session 1:  Sunday June 26th—Wednesday June 29th  
or
Session 2:  Sunday July 10th—Wednesday July 13th
 

Rotary clubs have the opportunity to promote the academy and sponsor their local high school students to attend. There is not a cap or limit on the number of participants a club can send.  Students are allowed to select their own preferred academy session date, with each session maxed at 100 participants.  The registration fee is $500.00 per student.

The program is designed for incoming high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. We do not accept incoming freshmen.  There is no GPA requirement and family members of Rotarians, such as children or grandchildren, are eligible to attend.

We strongly recommend that you do not delay selecting and registering students.  Many families make their summer plans months in advance and we find that is the number one reason why selected students have to decline the opportunity to participate.

Due to the success of the academy, spaces fill quickly.  The official registration link for the 2022 sessions goes live on the www.missouriryla.com website January 1st, 2022.    MO RYLA will begin heavy recruiting after the new year so this will not be the only time you will hear from me! 

The most common question from clubs is how do clubs find and select students to attend?  Many clubs work with their local high school guidance counselors to find the right kind of students.  What does that mean?  We are looking for students who have a heart for service. 

It is important to take note of the following deadlines:
January 1st, 2022:  Sign up/Registration for both sessions opens
April 30th, 2022:  Sign up/Registration for both sessions closes
May 25th, 2022:   Last day for club refund of $475 if the student withdraws
January—May 25th, 2022: If your club has a student withdraw before May 25th, you can sign up a replacement with either gender
May 25th --June 6th, 2022:  If your club has a student withdraw after May 25th, you can sign up a replacement with a student of the same gender
For further valuable program information, our awesome video and tips, check out the Missouri RYLA Academy website:  www.missouriryla.com 

Read what MO RYLA grads are up to:   http://www.missouriryla.com/rylarian-graduates   

After Rotary clubs have registered and paid for their selected students, I will work with your club, students and their families directly to finish their registration process.

Please feel free to check back to the web site from time to time to see our updates and learn more about this internationally acclaimed Rotary International youth program!

I look forward to working with you and your club. 

Valerie Anderson, Administrative Director

missouriryla@gmail.com

816-673-6818