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Young Ambassadors and Shipshape Awards Winners & Programme

Lions Young Ambassadors and Shipshape Award


Contact details

Name: Sally Marsh
MD title: MD Young Ambassador Officer
Email: sallymarsh@lionsclubs.co.uk

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.

More information

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:


Questions may also be directed to the MD105 Young Ambassador Officer, Lion Sally Marsh by email: lionsallymarsh@gmail.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 17-19 February 2023

The Young Ambassador finals weekend will be held at The Village Hotel, Castlegate Park, Dudley DY1 4TB on Friday, 17 February until Sunday, 19 February 2023.  Please download the booking form. 

Young Ambassadors Booking Form for the functions

Last year, 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 2022.

Khan Odita sponsored by the City of Liverpool Lions (105BN) is this year’s winner of the Young Ambassador Award.

Khan is 14 years old and keen to get involved in a multitude of things to help make up his mind about his future. He enjoys photography, video editing, playing games, graphic design, listening to music whilst gaming and reviewing the latest games on his YouTube channel.

A keen writer, Khan would like to use some of his own material to highlight the importance of literacy.  An author of two books, the second is all about encouraging children to share their fears to alleviate stress.

Following a presentation with Liverpool Lions, they have nominated Khan in the competition to become the Regional Ambassador for Liverpool Lions.

On March 2nd 2022 Khan won the Inspirational Student Award at the Liverpool Region Cultural Awards.

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.

Khan is involved with many local charities and good causes within Liverpool

Cameron Cox sponsored by Worthing Lions (105SE) is this year’s Shipshape Award.

Cameron is 14 years old. He was born deaf and after an operation to help his hearing at the age of 7 he had to learn to speak, which resulted in a lisp. He overcame this difficult start and now has a busy lifestyle, including being a young carer for his two younger brothers who have special needs. Cameron believes physical activity helps his mental health and runs regularly.

He is a trained young leader at his local youth club and an ambassador at his school. In his youth club and at school he supports other young people. Recently he has supported young people when their mental health has been negatively affected by the isolation of the pandemic.

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.


Nina Anderson sponsored by Hemel Hempstead Lions (105A).

An A-level student, Nina founded Community Senior Letters after her initial project introducing music to Care Homes was curtailed due to COVID-19. It matches schools with care homes so that students can write letters to lonely elderly residents to lift spirits and provide a human connection during the pandemic. With care home visits limited, as the elderly are isolated from the outside world, it was crucial to keep contact with the vulnerable. The project teaches students valuable life lessons and focuses on compassion and selflessness in these uncertain times.

With over 250 schools and over 250 care homes involved in London, Manchester, Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Dublin, the letter-writing community also expanded globally, with schools involved in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and North America. These schools are paired with care homes in the UK to improve language skills and to create an international and intergenerational letter-writing community.

Destiny Hannah sponsored by East Anglia New Century Lions (105CE).

Destiny lives in Jaywick in Essex, near Clacton on Sea. At 18 years of age, she has completed her Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award.  Having studied marketing and now attending Colchester Institute where she has enrolled in a multi-skills course.  Friends and family are of great importance to her.

Destiny has always enjoyed helping others in need and has been most fortunate to have unexpectedly received some recognition for her efforts. Nice surprises, but to see the smiles and pleasure on the faces of those helped is the greatest reward of all. 

Destiny’s hobby is her project.  When www.sonnysarmy.com was formed, her eyes were opened to the difficulties that parents can experience when children have to endure long-term periods of hospitalisation.  Visiting is costly, and the need for basic items that provide the TLC needed by both parents and/or children are not always easily available.  So the challenge to remove that distress became her goal and she is currently working with four different hospitals.

Lydia Dziama sponsored by Shirley Lions (105CW).

Lydia, who is 18 is a student at Solihull Sixth Form College. Lydia has been a young carer for her brother since the age of 5.

As a Young Carer, she volunteers with the Carers Trust and has devised a project that she wants to put into action to help other young carers. This project is a sports respite project for young carers aged 5 upwards.

Lydia volunteers as a peer mentor, which means working one-on-one or with small groups of young carers.  This enables them to talk about their caring role, being able to ask questions, and have some fun. This mentoring allows her to feedback to staff at the Carers Trust to get some support put in place if needed.

Lydia is also a young leader and goes on many trips, supervising other young carers who are younger than her (aged 5-12) and leading them in activities.

Chloe De Gouveia sponsored by Jersey Lions (105SC).

Chloe is studying A-level Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology at Jersey College for Girls and hopes to go into medicine. She enjoys listening to and playing music and has been in a band.

Chloe has helped at the local branch of the St John Ambulance as a cadet.  She has been involved in providing first aid to a number of public events and is now involved in teaching younger members.

At school, she gives up much of her free time to help improve the community spirit within the school.  Chloe is part of the team that works with the nearby boys’ equivalent college, to strengthen the ties between the schools. She is also a member of the combined cadet force, where she is a cadet corporal and is again involved in training the younger members.


They all shared a Lions Clubs community ethos.

Previous winners

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 2021 is Ellie-Mae Banks sponsored by East Anglia New Century Lions Club

Ellie-Mae is a volunteer with St John Ambulance and is working towards her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award whilst studying Health and Social Care at college. She engages with a range of youth forums to promote a youth voice across Suffolk. Ellie-Mae presented her project – “to help find new opportunities for young people so that they can be involved in and engage in society in a positive way, whilst improving young people’s aspirations”. Congratulations Ellie-Mae. Lions Clubs wish Ellie-Mae well with her young people’s project.

Young Ambassador Shipshape Award Winner for 2021 is Katie Bladon sponsored by Shirley Lions Club

Katie is a Young Carer for several members of her family. Katie is a Peer Mentor and Young Leader who volunteers her time with Beevers, Cubs, and Scouts, and the Learning and Work Institute – to give them a better understanding of the needs of young carers. Katie is a Student Ambassador at the college where she is in her final year of studying. Katie has set up a book club for young carers to help them develop their literacy skills and improve socialisation. Congratulations Katie. Lions Clubs wish Katie well with her young carers project.

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