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Maria Sanchez Tejada, Staff Writer

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RYLA is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the globe. Each year, thousands of young people participate in this program.

RYLA is meant to develop understanding of Rotary among youth participants, reinforce and provide recognition for their efforts, accomplishments, skills and potential as leaders as well.

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-e community leaders, and learn valuable information and life skills.

Seven girls and seven boys from 11th grade were selected in our school to experience the meaning of RYLA.

“During my time at RYLA, I learned the importance of really working as a team and sharing ideas with each other,” said Isaiah Rucker.

RYLA is an experience where students have the opportunity to work in groups feeling more life family and learn from each other points of view and life circumstances.

“My favorite part of RYLA was the beautiful scenery and campout feel of it. Where I’m from I don’t see much green and trees, so seeing that was a real treat. The food was great and as a competitive swimmer I ate a lot of it,” said Brandon Alvarez.

Everyone at RYLA is very welcoming and caring; some of the speakers at the conferences gave so much inspiration to our students.

“The stuff, senior counselors, and the group leaders were very helpful and generous, RYLA definitely showed me how to be more social and get out of my comfort zone,” said April Dominguez.

The participants at RYLA struggle to achieve what they want together, meeting new people can be very scary at first, Lancaster students manage that not to be a barrier to make new friendship with other participants and gain a better understanding of RYLA.

“RYLA showed me to be a better team leader and how to work with a group as a whole. RYLA overall has made me a better person and it is all thanks to every Rotarian who made this opportunity possible,” said Ashley Salazar.

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