About Youth Adventures In Leadership (YAIL)

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

The Dates for YAIL 2020 are Friday, February 7 – Sunday, February 9. Registration for 2020 is now closed, but please check back in the fall for YAIL 2021 registration info.

To give participants opportunities to: utilize their new (undiscovered) leadership skills; create interpersonal bonds; embrace challenges; and learn the value of teamwork.


YAIL is open to the first 65 participants, in High School (ages 15 – 17). All costs are paid by the sponsoring Rotary club. There is no cost to participants. Participating District 5050 Rotary clubs range from Hope, BC to Everett, WA. The event takes place at Alexandra Neighborhood House in Surrey, BC.


YAIL will help you discover new skills and improve those you already have by providing engaging exercises in the following areas:

  • Personal Leadership Development
  • Team Leadership Development
  • Navigating Challenges in the Digital Era
  • Encouraging you to step outside your “comfort zone”
  • Recognizing the value of “Service above Self”
  • Building long lasting relationships between peers, facilitators, and community
  • Developing an increased awareness of Leadership Skills you already have and discovering new ones you can make use of.


Candidates are 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 areas of interest within their community.

There are a variety of leadership styles among the participants. There are those who lead by their behavior and those who lead using their verbal skills. There are also participants that don’t believe they are leaders, but they learn that they can be leaders given the opportunity.

Throughout the YAIL weekend experience, participants will interact and engage with one another through large group activities, small group activities, and speaker sessions. All activities will be led by experienced youth facilitators who are YAIL Alumni and have a passion for empowering young people. All youth facilitators will be supported with guidance from adult Rotarians, in accordance with Rotary guidelines.

If you are interested in participating in YAIL, locate your nearest Rotary Club using the link provided here: Rotary Club Finder, and call or email that Club to get sponsorship.

You can also email us using the form on our Contact Us page.