Sturbridge Rotary has been sponsoring two local sophomore students each year since 1993 to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) training. During that time 50 students have visited the Club following their training to share their experiences, which have always been positive about what they’ve learned. The 3-day retreat held at Fitchburg State University helps RYLA students build communication and problem-solving skills as well as leadership skills. The students learn from community leaders and hear inspirational speakers, attend presentations, participate in activities and workshops covering a variety of topics that help them unlock their potential to turn motivation into action – all while having fun and forming lasting friendships. Many of the students we have sponsored return to RYLA the following year to serve as mentors and facilitators to the new group of sophomores.
Comprised of students from the 40 Clubs attending from District 7910, 190 sophomores received this years’ training. Kayla Archambault and Andrew Houle from Tantasqua Regional High School were sponsored by the Sturbridge Club. Andrew received a certificate for being chosen the “RYLAN of The Day” on Saturday. He was chosen by consensus of the RYLA facilitators at this event.
Sturbridge looks forward to having Kayla and Andrew address the membership at one of its upcoming meetings in order to share their experiences with us.