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Young Ambassadors and Shipshape Awards Winners & Programme
Lions Young Ambassadors and Shipshape Award
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Supporting exceptional young people
The Lions Young Ambassadors programme recognises, encourages, and supports young people (age 15-18) who are actively involved in helping others.
The competition operates throughout Europe and enables individual Lions, Leo, or Lioness clubs to select and sponsor a candidate as their Young Ambassador. Successful candidates progress through a series of levels – club, zone, region, and district – culminating in the final for Lions Clubs International British Isles (MD105) and an opportunity to participate in the European final.
Jubilee Sailing Trust Shipshape Award
Since 2000, all candidates for the Lions Young Ambassador Award are eligible for the Jubilee Sailing Trust Shipshape Award, (except the Young Ambassador chosen to represent MD105). The award is presented to a Young Ambassador who demonstrates a particularly strong personal commitment and enthusiasm for their community work. The Lions Clubs Young Ambassador Shipshape Award provides a life-changing adventure at sea for one of the Young Ambassador finalists. Its purpose is for the recipient to develop their leadership skills by joining a crew of young people with a range of abilities aboard one of the Jubilee Sailing Trust tall ships.
Finding Young Ambassadors
Young people who share Lions Clubs’ community service ethos can be found through schools, youth organisations, coverage in media/social media, or participating in Lions Young Leaders in Service initiative.
In previous years, entrants in the Young Ambassador competition have been involved in helping young and older people, as well as those who are disabled or disadvantaged. They have organised projects in conservation, crime prevention, promoting healthier lifestyles, hospital radio, and many other similar community initiatives.
To be eligible, candidates must have reached their 15th birthday, but not their 19th birthday, on or before 30 June in the year in which the MD Final is to be held.
Young Ambassador District Awards
The winner of each district final holds the post of District Young Ambassador for 12 months. They are eligible to attend the MD105 Young Ambassador final, where they will receive a £500 bursary, to be used for welfare work on their chosen projects, or training to help them in this work.
Clubs interested in supporting a young person in the competition should get in touch initially with their Young Ambassador District Officer. You can also click below to download:
- Young Ambassadors & Shipshape Awards
Young Ambassadors & Shipshape Awards
Questions may also be directed to the MD105 Young Ambassador Officer, Lion Sally Marsh by email: email@example.com
Lions Clubs International (MD105) British Isles Award
The overall winner of the Young Ambassador competition for Lions Clubs International – British Isles, is awarded a further £1,000 bursary, and a trophy.
In addition, the MD Youth Trust will pay expenses enabling the MD105 Young Ambassador to:
- Address the MD105 Convention.
- Attend the MD International Youth Centre.
- Participate in the European final.
- Support the Young Ambassadors the following year.
- Provide an update of their experiences during the year to Lions members at the MD105 Convention in 2022.
Young Ambassador finals weekend will be held in February of 2024
The Young Ambassador finals weekend will be held in February 2024 at The Village Hotel, Castlegate Park, Dudley DY1 4TB
Six exceptional young people were chosen as Young Ambassadors to represent their Lions districts in the National Lions Young Ambassador Award and Shipshape Award for 2023.
Young Ambassador Winner
Isobel Hallworth – 105SE
Currently studying the International Baccalaureate in college, Isobel is a 17 year old working to tackle period poverty in her local area.
Isobel works with friends to collect and redistribute period products, as well as run a social media campaign to tackle the stigma associated with periods.
The project, Brighton Period Project, has been running for 18 months and has been received warmly by those in Isobel’s community. She is ambitious to widen donations from a one of basis to a monthly scheme which allows those in period poverty to have the liberty and dignity to choose the period product they need, when they need them. Enthusiasm to make change and to talk about what is silenced drives Isobel and Brighton Period Project.
Through her studies at college, Isobel has developed a love of literature and art, particularly working with representations of nature in both mediums.
Sponsored by Newhaven, Peacehaven & Seahaven Lions Club.
Shipshape Award Winner
Iman Darr – 105A
A 17 year old IT student at New City College
From the start of the Pandemic, Iman helped distribute over 10 tons of food and drink weekly throughout East London and Essex.
With the Serving Humanity Foundation Food Bank he volunteered every Saturday afternoon shadowing senior leaders, and supporting our new volunteers. He helped make food parcels for immediate delivery, assist with technical admin and sort and organise food stock.
Iman is involved with Community Kitchen, every last Sunday of the month serving hot drinks and meals to members of the community experiencing isolation and loneliness. He became a friend, play board games and just chat.
Iman mentors a young boy of 15 in his neighbourhood, talking together and playing football.
Sponsored by Letchworth Garden City and Baldock Lions Club
Chosen to represent Lions Clubs of the British Isles at the European Finals in Austria
Ashton Fulcher – 105CE
Ashton is 15 and has been raising money for children’s charities for 3 years. He began making items such as bird boxes from wooden pallets, selling them to friends and neighbours. Initially Ashton used an old gazebo for shelter and started making items for Easter, Halloween and Christmas such as the popular Christmas trees. When Ashton’s uncle passed away from Muscular Dystrophy, he wanted to do something in his memory. A social media page was created to increase sales, and Pallet Teen was born. Ashton was able to increase his productivity when donated a shed and could raise more money for charities including GeeWizz Charity, The Bumblebee Charity and East Anglian Children’s Hospice. Following a school cake sale for McMillan Cancer Ashton decided to double the money raised by donating £100. Ashton is a keen footballer, an army cadet, and a musician, playing bass guitar and drums in school performances.
Sponsored by New Century East Anglia Lions Club.
They all shared a Lions Clubs community ethos.
Young Ambassadors have diverse backgrounds and interests. Further information about the programme can be read in the LION magazine Summer 2020
Here we profile two previous MD105 Young Ambassador winners.
Young Ambassador Winner for 2022 is Khan Odita sponsored by the City of Liverpool Lions (105BN). Khan founded Mulgrave Street Action Group which was borne out of Khan’s desire to make his area something he could be proud of and better understand his community. The key aim of the social enterprise is to diminish isolation so that the community can share their knowledge, skills, expertise, and insights with each other and for the community to take control of the area in which they live. It was also formed to address food poverty, increase food security and encourage physical activity and bring the multicultural area together to unite towards a common goal.
Young Ambassador Shipshape Award Winner for 2022 is Cameron Cox sponsored by Worthing Lions (105SE). Cameron’s project involves setting up art workshops reflecting on emotions and learning journeys the group has been on and experienced during this difficult time.
Young Ambassador Winner for 2021 is Ellie-Mae Banks sponsored by East Anglia New Century Lions Club.
Young Ambassador Shipshape Award Winner for 2021 is Katie Bladon sponsored by Shirley Lions Club.