We Need You!
Current high school students are the future of our society and future Rotarians. Help teach our them leadership by volunteering for a short-term or long-term position. Help instill leadership skills in the next generation of Rotarians!
Interested in helping?
Below is a list of the positions needed filled and a description of each.
- Have attended as RYLA as a camper and junior counselor.
- Must be a good communicator, have the ability to motivate youth, have the ability to lead without taking over, and work cohesively with the RYLA chair and coordinator.
- Lead and support a team of junior counselors with the goal of creating a successful experience for the RYLArians.
- Be the first point of contact for the junior counselors and share appropriate information to them from the RYLA chair and coordinator.
- Select the junior counselors with the support of the RYLA chair and coordinator.
- With the RYLA chair, refine and confirm the camp program and speakers.
- Prepare and direct the staff development with the RYLA chair and coordinator.
- Participate in monthly conference calls with RYLA committee.
- Facilitate the RYLA program and act as MC during the week.
- Direct daily junior/senior counselor meetings.
- Solve any junior counselor disputes, and if necessary, take the disputes to the RYLA chair and coordinator.
- Attend Rotary District 5630 Conference in the spring.
Key responsibilities of Leadership Team members include assisting the RYLA Coordinator with the following tasks:
- Obtain materials necessary for RYLA activities.
- Make arrangements to get materials to and from camp.
- Communicate with Nebraska 4-H camp staff needs they can provide:
- Etiquette dinner supplies, table service
- Specials meals
- Audio/visual equipment
- Tables and chairs
- Order t-shirts, water bottles, lanyards and gift items.
- Order notebooks and make copies of needed materials.
- Develop a list of local media contacts within District 5630.
- Develop and implement a promotions plan within District 5630 to promote RYLA
- Promote Rotarians serving as volunteer senior counselors.
- Develop a plan to update video, brochures, and flyers.
- Contact businesses or individuals that would provide financial resources to help fund RYLA.
- Contact businesses or individuals that would provide gifts-in-kind to help support RYLA with materials needed.
- Find opportunities that we can do business with Rotarians for items needed for RYLA that we can purchase or borrow.
- Lead Great Plains RYLA program by promoting leadership to all activities.
- Involve all staff as needed in the setup and execution of activities and events.
- Make sure all audio-visual materials are setup for speakers and presenters.
- Provide fillers between activities and speakers.
Apply for the RYLA Leadership Team
- You must have attended RYLA as a participant in the last three years.
- Demonstrate excellent leadership skills during RYLA, be a good communicator, and should feel comfortable leading a group of peers.
- Have attained a high level of confidence and skill to be a success.
- Attend the staff development.
- Work closely with the Senior Counselor you are partnered with to develop a team dynamic as well as your own skills.
- Lead your team of RYLArians through RYLA.
- Your primary role is to encourage individual and team growth through RYLA.
- Be able to occupy the RYLArians in a productive manner all the time.
- Facilitate all activities and discussions with confidence and ease.
- Use various techniques to help the RYLArians develop their leadership skills.
- Challenge RYLArians to break barriers, be bold, be creative, and be an initiator.
- Put the needs of the RYLArian’s ahead of the needs of the Junior Counselors or staff.
- Report all problems and emergencies to the senior counselor or RYLA chair or coordinator.
- Maintain communication with the Leadership Team.
- Help mentor junior counselors who are serving in their first year.
- Collect surveys from all RYLArians.
Apply to be a RYLA Junior Counselor
- You must be a Rotarian in good standing with your club or be recommended by a Rotarian in District 5630 or District 5610.
- Must be at least 21 years of age or older.
- Must attend all dates of Great Plains RYLA .
- The two major needs for Senior Counselors are to enable young adults to continue their leadership development and to ensure the fulfillment of the goals for the RYLA participants.
- Have demonstrated excellent leadership skills and the ability to motivate youth.
- Support and stay in communication with the junior counselor you are paired with to develop your team dynamic as well as the individual RYLArian’s skills.
- Attend all activities with assigned team.
- Oversee the safety of the junior counselor and the team.
- Help make connections between RYLA and Rotary.
- Serve as a mentor to the junior counselor and the RYLArian’s
- Enforce team rules and implement necessary consequences. Any issues that extend beyond group dynamics need to be reported to the RYLA chair.
- Assist the junior counselor in facilitating all activities and group discussions as necessary.
- Accomplish any tasks that require leaving the group temporarily; the junior counselor should never leave the team.
- Maintain communication with the RYLA chair and coordinator.
Volunteer to serve as a Senior Counselor
- Take photos and videos during RYLA
- Upload photos to the RYLA Facebook page each day
General Volunteer Requirements (for week-long staff only)
- No cost to serve on staff, but must get your self to and from camp
- Those serving on staff during the week at RYLA cannot drive students to and from camp
- Must have a willingness to work with high school junior and senior boys and girls
- Submit a personal medical history including a physical
- Participate fully in all sessions and activities as appropriate
- Must be able to attend RYLA beginning the day before the first day of camp through the end.