The RYLA program requires selflessness, self-awareness and previously exhibited leadership qualities.  In order to benefit from the lectures, activities and tasks, participants need the ability to communicate effectively and to work well with other young men and women.  
Candidates who are 19 to 25 years of age and who meet the remaining criteria have a much better opportunity for a successful week.  Candidates who have completed at least 4 years of secondary schooling will be better prepared to understand and apply the lessons which occur daily.  The principles of adult education are assumed and applied.  Therefore a degree of academic maturity is required.