The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley sponsored two participants in this year’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) conference, held online during the weekend of June 25, 26, and 27. Our RYLA attendees were Madeline Powers of Bolton and Rebecca Emkin of Stow, shown below. The program offered an action- packed and interactive learning environment, designed to challenge participants to use and improve their leadership skills.  Best of all, there was no charge to students who participated. 

Robert Johnson, local Committee Chairperson, said that participants were selected from students who exhibited leadership potential and were currently in their sophomore year of high school.  The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley contacted high school principals, guidance counselors, youth organizations, and other sources for nominations and welcomed applications and recommendations from the public.

The conference featured thought-provoking events, including interactive Leadership Labs, exciting guest speakers, and challenging mental and physical activities. Topics included decision-making, critical thinking, communicating effectively, ethics, and public service.

For more information about the RYLA program, contact Robert Johnson at, 978-875-3143. Visit for the latest information about RYLA.