The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive training program for young adults with proven leadership ability and a commitment to community service. The program focuses on helping young adults discover their potential and develop the skills needed to be a leader..
Upon completion of the RYLA program, each candidate was required to pick a service project to complete on their own something that had personal meaning to them. Patrick selected the Syracuse Home in Baldwinsville (an elderly rehabilitation center) to be his service project, as his Grandmother had once spent time there years ago. Patrick decided to create gift bags filled with crayons, coloring books, cards and hand exercise balls, to entertain the residents who may not have family or others to visit them. The gift bags were a way to keep them engaged with activities and let them know someone cares about them. On December 20th
, Patrick delivered his gifts to Syracuse Home where he surprised and put a smile on many residents’ faces.