Rotary Offers Fantastic Youth Leadership Conference Opportunity for High School Sophomores – Apply by February 7

Submitted by Christine Pinney, Rotary Club of Bedford

Rotary Youth Leadership Association logo courtesy of the Rotary Club of North Reading, MA
Rotary Youth Leadership Association logo courtesy of the Rotary Club of North Reading, MA

The Rotary Club of Bedford is actively searching for qualified candidates to attend this year’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Conference! To be held from June 27th – June 29th, 2014 at Worcester State College in Worcester, the 22th Annual RYLA Conference will offer outstanding high school sophomores an opportunity to live, work and interact together in an atmosphere of friendly competition.  It will be a program designed to challenge the participants to utilize and improve their skills and accept the responsibilities of leadership. Best of all, there is no charge to the students for the program! The Rotary Club of Bedford will sponsor participants at this year’s conference.

Christine Pinney, local Committee Chairperson, said that participants would be selected from young women and men who have exhibited potential leadership abilities and a desire for community service, and who will be entering their Junior year of high school in the fall.  The Rotary Club of Bedford is now contacting high school principals, guidance counselors, youth organizations and other sources for nominations of conference participants. Sophomores from Bedford High School, Bedford residents who attend Shawsheen Tech. and Bedford residents who attend private schools or are home schooled are also eligible.

Aimed at developing the leadership potential of young men and women, the conference will feature many thought-provoking events including interactive Leadership Labs, exciting guest speakers, and challenging mental and physical activities that will provide the participants with a chance to excel amongst and with their peers. Topics will include decision-making, critical thinking, communicating effectively, ethics, and public service.


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