Rise Up With RYLA
Dates have been set for the next RYLA!!!
July 9 - July 14, 2023 (Sunday thru Friday)
19051 FM 2484
Dear Rotarians,
RYLA Round-Up is happening very soon.
August 20, 2022 from 9am to 1pm.
Click here to register!! Registration closes August 17, 2022
Jackson Professional Learning Center
902 Rev R A Abercrombie Dr, Killeen, TX 76543
I am excited to Welcome Jason Duran as our new Camp Director. He is a member of Killeen Heights, and he is very excited for this new opportunity to serve as RYLA chair and work with you all.
You can reach him at:
He will have more information for you very soon, as well as the link to register for RYLA Round-Up. Stay tuned!!
A note from Barbara Najera: 
Thank you Erin Bocanegra for all of your hard work that you poured into RYLA. I know you will be helping Maria Krychniak as she learns the ropes of being the Program Director, but I want to say thank you for everything that you put into RYLA. As your fellow staff have said “You are who they think of when they think of RYLA!” Your passion for the program is so very apparent. Thank you for everything you poured into the program from 2013 to now! (and everything you will continue to do going forward.) I am so proud of the incredible person that you are!
As our Program Director terms out, so do I. These past 4 years have been incredible. I have so thoroughly enjoyed working with the most incredible young adults this District has to offer. You have all been part of one of the greatest blessings of my life – being passed the reigns of such a precious and treasured program and working side by side with all of you. Watching you all help grow our future leaders been great. For each camper you instill confidence, build courage, and motivate compassion. You teach them that in a world of expectations and goals that they truly are enough! Each of you is what makes this program so special. RYLA could not happen and could not inspire our next great leaders without you!! Thank you! You truly make a difference!
I have also gotten to know so many amazing Rotarians in our district as well. Working with you all has been fun. Getting to know so many of you personally has been wonderful. I will see each of your around the District!!
It has been an honor serving as the Camp Director for the past 4 years. Thank you to Amber Scarborough for asking me to take on this seemingly monumental program. I am so grateful that you asked, and even more grateful that I was brave enough to say yes!! Thank you Patrick as well for being an incredible sidekick. RYLA has been blessed to have you and your passion for the program!!
Jennifer Pakenham - thanks for being my partner in crime these last 4 years and rolling with all the changes that happened!! Thank you for saying yes to 1 more year so that we could have an actual final in person RYLA together - and thanks for being a friend! Love ya and have enjoyed volunteering with you for RYLA!!
Yours In Service,
Past RYLA Camp Director
Barbara Najera
~be kind to Jason Duran – our new Camp Director – as he learns the ins and outs of this program!! Congratulations on the position Jason. May it be as wonderful for you as it has been for me – but without the unexpected bumps in the road.
Check out some of our fun videos from previous camps!
All of the videos below can be viewed on YouTube and Shared via Email/FB/Twitter/etc.
Simply click on the arrow in the top right corner of each video and it will bring up a URL which can be copied and pasted into an email or direct links to share via social media platforms!
Contact Info
District Chair: Jason Duran   
RYLA Registrar: Ruth Lorona
Programs Director: Maria Krychniak