About Youth Adventures In Leadership (YAIL)

What is YAIL?

YAIL is a program offered by District 5050 of Rotary International. Rotary International is the world’s oldest service organization with over 1.2 million members in over 200 countries.

YAIL is open to the first 65 participants, in the 10th and 11th grades (ages 15 – 17). All costs are paid by the sponsoring Rotary club. There is no cost to participants. Participating Rotary clubs range from Hope, BC to Everett, WA.

Adventures will give participants insight into some of the basics of what it means, and takes, to be a leader: to create a well-rounded individual with increased perspective and enthusiasm for growth, who is able to make informed decisions

YAIL will teach participants through a variety of exercises involving leadership and growth – to empower students to network, plan, and set goals.

There are four different sessions, each with a speaker, followed by an activity. The activity and the speaker are directly related to allow participants to use the skills learned in the new activity.

The sessions are: Pre-judging and Assumptions; Goal Setting and Time Management; Risk Taking; Choices and Problem Solving

Participants will be divided into groups with an experienced youth facilitator. The program is led by YAIL and YAIL Alumni with guidance from adult Rotarians, in accordance with Rotary guidelines.

Candidates are selected and sponsored by a local Rotary Club, with a mix of males & females, Canadians & Americans. We typically have a broad range of personalities and many different types of leaders – coming from academics, sports, arts or other parts of the community. There are both verbal types and quiet ones who lead by their behaviour and by example. There are also participants that don’t believe they are leaders, but learn that they are and can be leaders.

If you are interested in participating, contact your local Rotary club or email us using the form on our Contact Us page.