The Rotary Club of St. Andrews, in collaboration with The Rotary Club of North Fife and the Kilrymont Club has awarded four Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), recognising potential in young local people. This year the successful candidates included two St Leonards School Sixth Form students Lucy Jackson and Head Girl, Laura Ferrier.
RYLA is one of a number of initiatives sponsored and supported by many clubs across the world to encourage and enable young people from all backgrounds and cultures to acquire new skills, enabling them to play a full and active part in their communities.
The award winners attended a week-long residential course at the Abernethy Trust Nethybridge Centre, where they learnt about the importance of team work, positive leadership, communication, problem solving as well as evaluating aspects of community and global citizenship. They embarked on tough outdoor activities and worked in teams, testing their new found skills.
The girls returned in high spirits and with a new level of self-confidence, eager to report on their experiences. Sixth Form student Lucy Jackson joined The Rotary Club of St Andrews meeting last week, and spoke very highly of their recent experience.
Lucy said, ‘I am delighted to have been sponsored for this wonderful opportunity - it is one which I will never forget. RYLA really made me push myself and has given me a new level of confidence, as well as friendships for life. I can apply all the new skills I have learnt at university and feel very proud of what I have achieved’.
The Rotary Club of St Andrews also visited the school yesterday to talk in their Assembly about the RYLA experience and inform next year’s potential candidates. Well done to Lucy and Laura!