Supporting exceptional young people
THE YOUNG AMBASSADOR 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.
The Young Ambassador Finals weekend 21-23 February 2020, for more information click here
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:
- Details of the competition via: Young Ambassador 2019-20,
- An application form via: Application Form Young Ambassador updated August 2019.
Questions may also be directed to the MD105 Young Ambassador Chair, Lion Cath Kendall by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
British Isles Award (MD)
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 at Birmingham Conference and Events Centre (2 May 2020),
- attend the MD International Youth Centre,
- participate in the European final, held at the Lions Club Europa Forum in Thessaloniki (1-3 October 2020).
- support the Young Ambassadors final in 2021.
- provide an update of their experiences during the year to Lions members at the MD105 Convention in 2021.
- Friday afternoon arrive, introductions and social activities during the evening.
- Saturday, each finalist is interviewed in private by an independent panel of judges, non-Lions drawn from business, education and voluntary sectors.
- Social activities are provided during the day, and in the evening the Young Ambassadors attend a gala dinner with entertainment generally supplied by the Young Ambassadors and a disco.
- Sunday morning, the award ceremony takes place in the presence of the Chair to the Lions MD105 Council of Governors, International Directors, Past International Directors and the Mayor of Dudley.
Young Ambassadors have diverse backgrounds and interests. Here we profile two previous MD105 Young Ambassador winners.
Siena Castellin, sponsored by Fairlop Lions Club
I am a self-confessed math’s nerd. I have attended the sixth form at Kings College Mathematics School since September 2018, one of only two State specialist math’s schools in the UK. I have Asperger’s, dyslexia, dyspraxia and AD(H)D, as well as anxiety, hypermobility, synaesthesia and a sensory processing disorder. I created a website Quantum Leap Mentoring when I was 13 to support students with autism and learning difficulties.
I am a passionate advocate for autism acceptance and neurodiversity in schools. I speak regularly about the advantages of Neurodiversity to change negative perceptions about students with special educational needs, including Parliament, Downing Street, local councils and schools and universities. I also work as a peer outreach worker for the Mayor of London, working with organisations to support disabled youth. I have recently launched a campaign – Neurodiversity Celebration Week-to change perceptions within schools.”
Jemima Browning sponsored by Selby Lions Club
“I set up and volunteer in a disability swim squad called Tadcaster Stingrays at my local community pool. Stingrays is a swim squad for young people aged 11-18 with intellectual and physical disabilities. Stingrays give a rare opportunity for young people with disabilities by allowing them the chance to take part in sport and belonging to a team. The swimmer’s skills have improved, they love training together and being included.
I am also involved in an initiative called Play Unified. Play Unified uses sport as a catalyst to build a unified generation where individuals with and without disabilities play sport together. My sister and I started a Play Unified dance group. My brother and I were selected to represent Special Olympics GB on the Special Olympics Europe Eurasia Youth Activation Committee. We aim to use youth voice, through our projects, to help shape the future of the Special Olympics.”