Rotary Youth Leadership Award camps went virtual this year as they adapted to COVID-19.  Local Rotary clubs have traditionally sent 8 to 15 students to the renowned Rotary district's three day leadership program for high school students called RYLA. This year, our district was the leader in developing a virtual RYLA program. Five Sedona high school students have participated in one of the virtual RYLAs, the last on February 12 and 13.  We asked Mari Chang, Rotarian Carolyn Martin’s daughter who attends Verde Valley School, to share her thoughts on the experience.
RYLA 2021 was, unfortunately, virtual. However, that didn't stop its director, Colton Cagle, the incredible counselors, and mentors from making it great. RYLA teaches high school students like me to be better world leaders. I have learned more about myself and my leadership style thanks to RYLA.
Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

This is the four-way test, something every Rotarian knows. This list is what everyone should know. RYLA taught me how to apply this to all situations in life,such as making executive
decisions and working with people. Every decision you make could impact the lives of many without you even knowing. I think all students should attend this camp at least once because you will find your leadership style and yourself. My final words are, RYLA doesn't teach you to fit the margins of a typical leader, it teaches you to be the best leader you can be.