video program to a local junior high or high school.
Lions can also offer to implement a joint Lions/school Scouting Lions activities for the
service project. remains one of benefit of youth include:
the more popular
Drug awareness sponsored by • arranging health screenings;
Lions. From its
education is essential in reducing illegal drug use. All
earliest days, the
• providing educational scholarships;
over the world, Lions aid this effort by organizing
Scout movement • establishing tutoring programs;
public forums and distributing information about
alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. • developing mentoring programs;
England in 1910),
has received • donating computers;
At International Headquarters, the Youth Programs
Department has informational brochures available on • organizing literacy programs;
the topics of: AIDS, alcohol, cocaine, inhalants,
marijuana, proper use of medications, and tobacco. • sponsoring speech contests;
troops exist for • funding athletic programs;
both boys and girls in more than 140 countries. In the US
The Street Children Program alone, Lions clubs sponsor more Boy Scout troops than
• building new playgrounds;
addresses the needs of the world’s 100 million any other nonreligious organization. Individual Lions can • organizing environment projects.
homeless children. further their involvement with youth by volunteering to
serve as a Scout leader.
Since introduction of this Lions program in 1996-97,
many clubs have assisted street children. Some clubs
have distributed food and clothing while others have The Lions International
worked with local social service agencies. In some areas,
clubs have combined their resources to build shelters or
Peace Poster Contest
develop job training programs for street children. is the annual art contest for 11 to 13-year-olds
sponsored by Lions clubs. Since the program’s
inception in 1988, more than 1.5 million youth have For more information concerning
drawn posters depicting their visions of peace. Lions youth activities, contact:
The grand prize winner of the contest receives
US$2500 and a free trip for themselves and two
family members to New York City for Lions Day Lions Clubs International
with the United Nations. The president of the Youth Programs Department
sponsoring Lions Club also receives this free trip to 300 22nd Street
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. . .to make a community
aware of its obligations to
The Lions Youth Outreach:
service benefits youth. youth, find out what the Changing Tomorrow Today is a multifaceted Lions
needs of youth are, and
help to fill those needs.
Exchange Program youth program. The mission of the program, to
help and challenge youth to learn, to achieve and
involves thousands of young to grow, applies to drug abuse prevention,
By their example, Lions demonstrate the
Lions Policy Statement people (ages 15 to 21) every community services, education, environment,
importance of humanitarian service. In more than
on Youth Activities year. The success of health, international services,
180 countries, 1.4 million Lions volunteer to aid the program relies and recreation programs. Four
needy children, youth, and adults. upon the willingness of Lions clubs to examples of Lions Youth
s community leaders, Lions often fill the sponsor and host youth exchangees. Outreach programs are
Although best known needs of local youth by sponsoring sports featured below.
as “knights of the teams, providing scholarships, arranging for The objective of the Youth Exchange
blind,” Lions also health services, and distributing drug awareness Program is to foster international
information. understanding among the peoples of Lions-Quest curricula
the world. By living with a host
healthcare, Support for official Lions youth programs is available teaches youth the life-skills they
family, youth exchangees have an
educational from International Headquarters in Oak Brook, need to resist drugs, alcohol,
unique opportunity to learn about
opportunities, and Illinois, USA. In addition, Lions can provide assistance early sexual activity, and gang
job training for to youth projects in their communities. Either way, involvement. The three Lions-
persons in need. Lions humanitarian service benefits youth. Quest programs are: Skills for
Growing (ages five to 10), Skills for Adolescence (ages
Aiding youth has International Youth Camps 10 to 14), and Skills for Action (ages 14 to 19).
always been a Lions
priority . Since the The Leo Club Program’s gather young people, ages 16-22, in one location
for a multi-cultural experience.
Teachers in 35 countries have been trained to teach
founding of the motto is Leadership, Experience, Opportunity . Lions-Quest curricula. Lions clubs support this
association by Structured similarly to Lions clubs, Leo clubs provide acclaimed life skills/drug abuse prevention program by
Situated in urban settings as well as rural,
Chicago businessman Melvin Jones in 1917, Lions young people (between the ages of 12 and 28) with funding teacher training sessions. After introducing the
international youth camps are usually the
have remained dedicated to helping youth. volunteer opportunities. As members of an international curriculum in a classroom, Lions can offer to help
cooperative effort of
club, Leos also develop leadership skills. Leos often implement a joint service project.
many Lions clubs.
continue to serve their communities as Lions. Organizing a
. . . recognizing youth Around the world, more than
The Future is Ours . . .
as this world’s greatest 5,400 Leo clubs exist. Every club fundraising, planning So Now What?
asset and hope for the has a Lions club sponsor and an activities, transporting program includes a 22-minute MTV-
future, (Lions Clubs adult advisor. Implementing a joint campers, preparing style video, a teacher’s guide, and two
International) believes Lions/Leo service project provides food, and arranging posters that illustrate the message of
that it is the humanitarian Lions with an opportunity to work camp management. youthful volunteer service.
responsibility of individual with youth.
Lions and Lions clubs Lions clubs in the US and Canada
throughout the world: can present this award-winning