To be held on 21st to 23rd February 2020
The Village Hotel, Castlegate, Dudley DY1 4TB
Welcome to the Young Ambassador’s Competition. This information will help you choose your candidate to go forward to the MD105 final held on the 21st to 23rd February 2020 at The Village Hotel, Castlegate, Dudley, DY1 4TB.
Lions are looking for young people serving in their communities, making a difference to others in whatever way they can. These young people should reflect the ethos of Lions Clubs, providing service and leadership for others to get involved in their unique project.
Here are two pen portraits of the previous two years winners, I hope this will help you in your search for that special young person you can call Young Ambassador. As you can see these two portraits are very diverse and this is what is celebrated in the competition for MD105 Young Ambassador.
“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.”
“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.”
Where can you find a Young Ambassador?
Anywhere within your community, these young people can be found for example: within schools, youth organisations, searching through the media, or you may have some already doing Young Leaders in Service, going that extra mile for someone within their community.
Further information can be downloaded by clicking here Young Ambassador 2019-20 and an Application form can be downloaded by clicking on the link Application Form Young Ambassador updated August 2019.
Commitment to the role
If your young person gets through the District Final and becomes the District Young Ambassador, they hold that post for 12 months. They will then attend the weekend of 21st to 23rd February 2020 where they will meet with all the other District Young Ambassadors. This is a fun weekend attended by all sponsoring clubs, parents are welcome to come and support but be warned their youngsters will be busy. They will be interviewed on the Saturday by an independent panel of judges from Business, Education and the Voluntary sector, all non-Lions. Saturday evening is a gala dinner where entertainment is generally supplied by the Young Ambassadors and a disco. On Sunday morning there is the award ceremony always attended by the Lions Chair to the Council of Governors, International Directors, Past International Directors and the Mayor of Dudley.
The MD105 Winner is committed to this role for 12 months and will be invited to speak at MD Convention in May 2020 (usually held over the first bank holiday) and represent the MD in the European Finals at Europa Forum in Thessaloniki 1st October – 3rd October 2020. They will be invited back to the MD105 Final the following February to help the new Young Ambassadors of 2021, and give an update to Lions members at the MD105 Convention in 2021.
If you feel there is a young person that your club can support to become a Young Ambassador, please get in touch with your local Young Ambassador District Officer – all Districts have one.
If you need further information, I am very willing to help in whatever way I can.
Lion Cath Kendall
MD105 Young Ambassador Chair