Our Youth Programs
LIONS AUSTRALIA – YOUTH OF THE YEAR
If you are a young person in grade 12, then you are eligible to enter Lions Youth of the Year in the February of that year. This is a prestigious event for young people, which boasts many high profile Australians among the ranks of former entrants.
By entering the program, which has now been running for more than 50 years, you will have an unequalled opportunity to experience an interview situation – in a friendly atmosphere – and a chance to practise your public speaking skills.
All your commitments count towards the 100 point allocated for the event – school, sport, church, community and it’s your commitment back to those organisations that gain the most points.
Public speaking is only about 20%. To practice those, see our programme below “Convince Us!”.
Entry forms are available on the website https://lionsclubs.org.au/activities/youth/yoty/yoty-resources/. Our information booklets to assist you complete them are found on this page below.
ROGER JACKSON BURSARY
Inaugurated in 2017, this $1,000 self improvement bursary celebrates the life of our Charter President Roger Jackson, who passed away in 2018.
The winner of our Club Youth of the Year event each February, becomes the recipient of this bursary to be used in any fashion that will aid their education or self improvement.
QUEENSLAND BRIDGE AWARD
The Bridge Award is a positive youth development program that is both fun and challenging. It is based on The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and offers young people the opportunity to gain new skills, improve their physical fitness, participate in community service and develop a spirit of adventure.
The Bridge Award is available to young people aged 11 years and 6 months to 25 years. It builds confidence and resilience and is a great introduction for the many young people who progress on to the Bronze level of The Duke of Ed (from the age of 14).
You might prefer to complete the Bridge Award if you are too young or don’t have enough time to enter The Duke of Ed.
As we are a registered Award Unit for the Duke’s Award, we are also registered to offer this Bridge Award to our younger students, particularly home schooled students, who do not have some of the opportunities offered by schools.
This Award is run through the Queensland Education Department as is the Duke’s Award.
LIONS INTERNATIONAL YOUTH EXCHANGE
The 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 aim of the program is “to create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world”.
Our Club offers you the opportunity to participate in this programme at any time.
If however, you enter our Youth of the Year event at our Club level, and are the winner of our Roger Jackson Self Improvement Bursary, then the $1,000 offered can be used towards any International Youth camp.
See more on https://lionsclubs.org.au/activities/youth/ye/
Our newest youth programme, offering experience in persuasive public speaking. It runs in our local schools from grade 3 through to grade 11.
This programme was designed to give students speaking experience but also to assist them gain confidence in life. It should be of great benefit by the time they reach grade 12 and enter the Lions Youth of the Year.
It is run during term 3 when school commitments are the least oppressive.
NEW ONE SOON! (July or August)
DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S INTERNATIONAL AWARD
Our Club is a registered Award Unit.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is an exciting international youth development program. Anyone between the ages of 14 and 25 can take part and the best bit is you choose your own activities and set your own goals. You'll get recognition for doing many of the things you already do. You can also choose new activities that you’ve always wanted to do.
The Duke of Ed has 3 Award levels and you can choose the level that's right for you: Bronze, Silver or Gold. Each level has different time commitments. To finish the Bronze and Silver levels you have to complete 4 Award sections and 5 for the Gold level. You design your own program around the things that interest you most.
The Award sections are:
Service—get involved in your community and give service to others.
Skill—build your skills in something practical or creative, such as drawing, painting, fishing, or music.
Physical Recreation—take part in something active such as football, basketball, dancing, surfing or swimming.
Adventurous Journey—discover a sense of adventure and do something challenging with your friends.
Residential Project (Gold only)—broaden your horizons and open your eyes to the world.
You'll have an Award Leader, instructors and assessors who can help you decide on activities for each Award section but remember, it's your choice.
LEO CLUBS - LEADING FOR LIFE
Are you aged 18-30 and would like to join people of a similar age to participate in activities and service projects with a commitment to helping others, while enhancing the community and having fun while doing it?
We are looking for people like you to become a member of a community based Leo Club. This club is designed for the personal and professional development of young adults
MOTTO: The Leo club motto — Leadership, Experience, Opportunity — says it all:
It may be that through university, work or family commitments, you don’t have the time to attend regular meetings as Lions do, but your generation is geared for social media and this can be made to work for you instead.
Here in the Maleny-Blackall Range area and surrounds we have started the process of establishing an Omega Community Leo Club to offer our young adults the privilege of belonging to such a group. If you are interested, please leave your details on the attached sheet, or contact Judy on 5494 3519 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
APPLICATION FORMS AND RESOURCES
Youth of the Year
Grade 12 brochure
Grade 10 brochure
Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
Queensland Bridge Award
School information and entry form – High School
School information and entry form – Primary School
Past YOTY Winners:
Mikki Doonan won the Roger Jackson Youth Achievement Award Bursary for the Overall winner and the Roger Jackson Youth Achievement Public Speaking Bursary.
The winner of the 2017 Club level Roger Jackson Youth Achievement Award Bursery was Esmi Doonan and the winner of the Roger Jackson Youth Achievement Public Speaking Bursary was Rosie Martin.
LIONS CLUB OF MALENY-BLACKALL RANGE INC.
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