Youth

We hope you will inquire about participating in our youth activities, or express an interest in joining a Leo or Lions Club. We also invite parents, carers and teachers to liaise with us about our various activities, and we welcome their support.

Leo Clubs

Sydney News 2010 08_Page_5_Image_0004Youth in Leo Clubs benefit from being able to meet community service requirements of award programs such as Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (Duke’s) and similar programs. Whether you wish to achieve the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award community service component, or just make friends with young people in your Leo Club, and serve your community, we welcome your involvement.

Leos are also entitled to receive official awards and recognition for their achievements from our Lions Clubs International Association. Because of the international scope of Leo clubs, members enjoy the global identity of a worldwide organization. International programs such as club twinning, youth exchange and youth camps enable Leos to connect with and learn from other young people around the world. Leo club membership is open to young men and women between the ages of 13 and 30. If you are a young person or a parent, carer or teacher interested in community service opportunities, through Leo Clubs, we would welcome your inquiry.

For more details about joining Leos in the Sydney region or Norfolk Is. please contact our Leo Liaison Chairman Email: leo@lionsclubssydney.org.au and for full details about Leo Clubs in Australia, visit the National Leo website http://lionsclubs.org.au/leos/

Youth Of The Year

Young women and men in school uniforms holding certificates accompanied by man and womanIf you are a young person and will be 15 to 19 years of age as at June 30th of the year of the national final, then you are eligible to enter Lions Youth of the Year (YOTY). This is a prestigious event for young people, having been in existence for 50 years and boasts many high profile Australians amongst the ranks of former entrants. You will have an unequalled opportunity to experience an interview situation – in a friendly atmosphere – and a chance to practice your public speaking skills.

The best way to enter is to talk to your local Lions Club. If you don’t know how to do this, email our District YOTY Chairman at youthyear@lionsclubssydney.org.au and they will contact a local club. Full background and details of the program are available at http://lionsclubs.org.au/yoty/

YOTY dates for 2016-2017 are as follows:

  • National Final – Monday 8 May 2017 at National Convention Wrest Point Entertainment and Convention Centre, Hobart, Tasmania
  • State Final – Saturday 8 April 2017 at Forbes Services Memorial Club 41-43 Templar Street, Forbes
  • District Final – Saturday, 25 March 2017 at Hornsby RSL Club, 4 High Street, Hornsby
  • Regional Round by 13 March 2017
  • Club Round by 1 March 2017

Further info please email youthyear@lionsclubssydney.org.au

Youth Exchange

Young women and men holding flags of their countriesThe Lions International Youth Exchange Program was established in 1961 to give youth an opportunity to travel to exciting international destinations for up to six weeks.

Whilst overseas, the youth live with one or more families associated with Lions International to experience first-hand a new culture, lifestyle and customs.

Unlike some exchange programs, the Lions Youth Exchange Program does not involve tourism, academic studies or employment.

The Lions Youth Exchange Program caters for both inbound and outbound youth exchanges. 

Full background and details of the program for our District YE Chairman at youth@lionsclubssydney.org.au or are available at http://lionsclubs.org.au/ye/

Education Builds Bridges

Girls and boys at their desks in a school classroomOur clubs sponsor the education of Indonesian students under the Lions Education Builds Bridges project.

Education Builds Bridges sponsors the education of children in Bandung, Indonesia. The clubs modest donation is one of many which creates a positive impact to many lives – the child, family, friends and peers, the school, the community and the lives that will be touched in the future.

All money donated to the project is distributed via the Lions Clubs in Bandung to the schools involved. 73 children are now being sponsored to further their education and we are now seeing many children realising their dream of education.

Further information buildbridges@lionsclubssydney.org.au

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Peace Poster

Dylan - Oatley West Public School

Winner, Dylan – Oatley West Public School

We are pleased to display the Peace Posters of our winner, runner up and highly commended for our district for 2015.

Each year several of our District’s Lions Clubs sponsor the program in their community for children in local schools or organised youth groups, encouraging young people to artistically express their vision of peace as well as expressing in words what peace means.

Participants use a variety of mediums including charcoal, crayon, pencil and paint to express a new theme developed each year to spark their imagination. The works created are unique and express the young artist’s life experience and culture.

For details of your closest participating club, contact our District Chairman on peaceposter@lionsclubssydney.org.au More information, including contest rules and photos of past entrants posters may be seen at http://lionsclubs.org.au/peace-poster/

Karina - Lugarno Public School

Highly commended, Karina – Lugarno Public School

Lucy - Carlingford West Public School

Runner up, Lucy – Carlingford West Public School