Kate McAlister

Prince Rupert students learn leadership through Rotary

Many people have heard of Rotary International and know it as a volunteer organization.

Many people have heard of Rotary International and know it as a volunteer organization, but one thing they may not know is the incredible opportunities Rotary offers for Youth around the world.

Six students from Prince Rupert were given the opportunity to attend an annual camp called RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) where 100 other eager youth meet up to learn and grow as leaders in Vancouver B.C.

My name is Celina Guadagni and I was one of the lucky students who was able to take part in this amazing Rotary Camp. Josh Haggstrom, Kate McAlister, Olivia Woodworth, Jenny Nguyen, Timmy Wei and myself were chosen to take part in this weekend adventure and we all had a life-changing experience.

The weekend consists of amazing seminars, outdoor activities and meeting new like-minded individuals to share aspirations and goals, to not only benefit their communities but to make a global impact as well. The students raved about the weekend calling it “life-changing” and an “incredible opportunity.”

Jenny Nguyen, along with myself, were chosen to be junior leaders at the camp as we have attended previous RYLAs and had an absolutely incredible experience leading our groups. Not only do you learn new things such as how to make a positive impact on your school and community but you gain a new understanding of yourself and how you learn best in working with your strengths and weaknesses.

We would all like to thank the Rotary Club of Prince Rupert for sponsoring us and would highly recommend RYLA to anyone who is interesting on expanding their leadership skills and meeting incredible friends from all over British Columbia.

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