Sierra Matters at RYLA Seminar

Post Date:02/23/2017 11:21 AM

RYLA 1Sierra Matters at RYLA Seminar

By Carly Cunial
Community Outreach Intern 

Out of the entire junior class at Sierra High School three students, Brock Willenbrink, Jasmine Correa and Jackie Brown were selected to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards seminar over President’s Day weekend.

The three-day seminar was held at Calvin Crest Camp in Oakhurst, California and was divided into two separate camps: one for boys and one for girls.

RYLA is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where students can develop their skills as a leader while having fun and making connections.

RYLA 2Their goal with this camp is to teach the students as much as they can in the short period that they are together. They build communication and problem-solving skills, learn from community and peer mentors, and unlock potential to turn motivation into action—all while having fun and forming lasting friendships.

Camp ambassadors were separated into eleven groups and those people were their cabin mates for the weekend. They started off the seminar by doing teambuilders to get comfortable and learn more about their new roommates.

 “It was a good experience to go somewhere I did not know anyone,” said Brock Willenbrink. “I brought back skills to work towards making a positive impact in my community. Also, the food was really good so that is always a plus.”

While the two camps never saw each other, they were divided into identical committees: yearbook, who documented what they did at the seminar; newspaper, which advertised what they were going to be doing; cabin competition, who planned the games that the cabins and groups would compete in; engineering, which help make materials they would need; and camp council, who oversaw everything that was being done at by the other committees.

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