Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of the RYLA JC team! We are looking for the people to carry on this tradition of excellence. RYLA needs JC’s who are ready to facilitate the “RYLA magic” for another year of young adults! Please read this page carefully and take time to write your answers to the questions below in a document so you can copy and paste them into your application.

The JC selection process begins with the completion of this application. The JC selection committee will carefully read each application and reach a decision that reflects the goals of RYLA. The requirements for the Junior Counselor position are as follows:

  • Previous attendance at RYLA or Young RYLA.
  • Excellent leadership ability and communication skills.
  • Approval by the selection committee.
  • Attendance at the mandatory training session.


The two major purposes of the Junior Counselor program are to enable young adults to continue their leadership development and to ensure the fulfillment of the goals for the RYLA conferees and Young RYLA campers. To this end, RYLA and YRYLA each hold mandatory Junior Counselor Training sessions. You must attend this training in order to be a JC at RYLA or YRYLA.

You are likely familiar with (Senior) RYLA. We also conduct our Young RYLA conferences for students who have just finished seventh grade. YRYLA is an exciting and unique experience that requires talented and enthusiastic counselors continuing in the RYLA tradition. Please note that if you are selected for this leadership opportunity, you may be selected to be a JC at RYLA or at Young RYLA!


       Look on this site’s homepage for RYLA/Young RYLA dates (JC’s must arrive the day before)

              Your mandatory training dates will be announced as soon as they are established


Thank you for your continued interest in RYLA and Young RYLA!



To apply for the position of Junior Counselor, please carefully complete the web application below. Responses to the optional questions should be CONCISE (we read answers from over 200 applicants, so please keep your answers SHORT and sweet).

You are welcome and encouraged upload a photo of yourself so we can put a face to each application. If you choose to upload a photo please make sure your face appears clearly in your picture.