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Youth - Young Ambassador

It is a misconception that all young people in the community are selfish and uncaring, as the media often portray them. Instead, many show a great deal of care and compassion to people within the community.

The Lions Young Ambassador scheme acknowledges the work of young people working as volunteers and gives them the recognition they deserve… boosting their self-esteem, their confidence in themselves and highlighting the charities and volunteer groups with which they are involved.

The Lions Young Ambassador was first organised in 1974 as the Lions Youth Award, and has grown in stature over the years. It has long been acknowledged as one of the foremost recognition schemes for young people.

Candidates for 2011-12 must have reached their 15th birthday, but their 19th, on 30 June 2012. Judges will look for the following in the candidate:

  • The extent of involvement in community service, for which 50% of the marks can be allocated.
  • The personality and leadership qualities of the candidate (15% of the marks)
  • The candidate’s proposals for the use of the bursary (15% of the marks)
  • The ability to speak for up to 3 minutes about the candidate’s service activities (20% of the marks).

District Finals will be held in mid-January 2012, and the successful candidate will go through to the Multiple District, Great Britain and Ireland, final in February 2012. The winner of this final will qualify for a place at Europa Forum for the European finals in September/ October 2012.

The Young Ambassador of the 21st Century award consists of:

  • A bursary of £1,500 (£500 as a District winner plus £1,000 as an MD winner)
  • A trophy to be held for one year
  • A small replica
  • A commitment to address the Multiple District Convention in that year, with expenses paid by the Multiple District Youth Trust
  • An invitation to the Multiple District International Youth Centre of that year, with expenses paid by the Multiple District Youth Trust.
  • A commitment to participate in the Young Ambassador of the 21st Century European award, to be held at Europa Forum later in the same year, with expenses paid by the Multiple District Youth Trust.

All other participants in the Multiple District Final will win a bursary of £500.

Important Note – the winners’ bursaries are to be used for the welfare work within the candidates’ projects or for training to develop the candidates’ potential to carry out this welfare work. These bursaries are not intended to be for the personal financial benefit of the candidates. The only personal benefit to be derived is the encouragement of character development through participation in the scheme.

 

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