RYLA North America 2018
Thanks to the generous support of the Manhattan Rotary Club and Kansas State University, the Kansas State Rotaract Club was able to send 6 delegates to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) North America conference in Washington D.C. from July 1st- 7th. There, they were able to connect with and learn from hundreds of Rotarians and Rotaractors from over 40 different countries. Shown below are their reflections on the experience.
My name is Diego Sanchez Moreno and I am 24 years old. I am a Junior in Architectural Engineering at Kansas State University (KSU). Currently, I am working for the civil engineering department at KSU as an Undergraduate Research Assistant. In 2014 I became a member of the KSU Rotaract club and I am one of the seven Rotaract members who participated in the RYLA North America 2018 in Washington DC. The activity that I enjoyed the most during this conference was the Rotaract workshops because I gained information about fundraising, promotion and public relations, Rotary traditions and values, and professional development. This is important to me because I will be able to bring new ideas to our KSU Rotaract club.
RYLA was an amazing experience. I met so many people from all over the world. Learned about different types of projects to bring back to KSU. I also learned more about myself. When learning about the leadership backpack, I learned what I need to have in my backpack to help me be the best type of leader. I also learned that it is okay to be different in the way I lead, because no two lead the same. RYLA North America 2018 is an experience I will never forget in my life.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards - North America Conference 2018 was my first interaction with Rotaractors from all over the United States and the world. I am very thankful for the opportunity to network with such amazing people and better develop my leadership skills. I received a refresher course in what leadership skills I need to put in my "leadership backpack" in order to a successful leader as an Officer in the 2018-2019 school year. This is an experience I will never forget, as well as, the people I met along the way.
RYLA NA: 2018, 2016