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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Ap must be emailed by 9 am Thursday 3/29---Recommendations must be emailed by Saturday 3/31 at 9 am.

The Rotary Club of Newport is actively searching for qualified candidates to attend this year's Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Conference, which will be held from May 18th through May 20th, 2012 at the Cape Cod Sea Camps in Brewster, MA. The Annual RYLA Conference will offer outstanding high school sophomores and juniors an opportunity to live, work and interact together in an atmosphere of cooperation and friendly competition. It will be a program designed to challenge the participants to utilize and improve their skills and accept the responsibilities of leadership. Best of all, there is no charge to the students for the program. The Rotary Club of Newport will sponsor 2 participants at this year's conference.

The participants will be selected from young women and men who have exhibited leadership abilities and who are currently in their sophomore or junior year of high school. Aimed at developing the leadership potential of young men and women, the conference will feature many thought-provoking events including interactive Leadership Labs, exciting guest speakers, and challenging mental and physical activities that will provide the participants with a chance to excel amongst and with their peers. Topics will include decision-making, critical thinking, communicating effectively, team building, ethics, and public service.

Anyone interested in obtaining further information may contact: Donna Maytum at 401-439-7310 or

Completed applications emailed by 9 am on March 29, 2012 to and two letters of recommendation must be received by 9 am March 31 at PO Box 164, Newport, RI 02840 or emailed to