Lions Youth of the Year Program
Do you seek to gain experience in:
- Personal Improvement
- Community Involvement
- Public Speaking ?
The Lions Youth of the Year is aimed at all young people who seek to improve their skills before entering the workforce or other endeavours.
Lions Youth of the Year is designed to encourage, foster and develop leadership in conjunction with other citizenship qualities in our youth, at the age when they are about to enter the fields of employment or higher education, and provides students with the incentive to pay greater attention to the general qualities, so vital in developing our youths into first class citizens. The qualities sought, apart from academic attainments are those of leadership, personality, sportsmanship, public speaking and good citizenship. The students meet in fellowship and have the opportunity of open discussion, exchange of ideas and meet professional people of a community service Club organisation.
Youth of the Year is designed to encourage student interest in leadership and the qualities required to take an active and constructive role in the community. A high level of academic, leadership, sporting, public speaking and citizenship achievement is sought in its potential winners. By emphasising these qualities it hopes to provide outstanding role models for the youth of Australia and an overall increase in the confidence of young men and women.
Lions Youth of the Year is an excellent means of assisting Australia’s youth and promoting the essential role of leadership development and community service organisations in maintaining Australia’s high standard of living.
The main activities involved in the running of Lions Youth of the Year include initial promotion in schools and local communities; judging of candidates; selection and announcement of the national winner; arrangements for the winner’s overseas travel and attendance at an International Youth Camp and other finalists travel throughout Australia.
Youth of the Year begins in June/July and culminates with final judging and the announcement of the winners at the Multiple District Convention, normally held in May.
Levels of judging
- Club judging
- Zone judging (in some Districts only)
- Regional judging
- District judging
- State finals
- National final
The final judging will be held at the Lions Multiple District Convention in April or May.
Prizes / Awards
Prizes will be awarded to contestants at all levels throughout the Youth of the Year. Lions Australia will award all National Finalists, including the National winner, an organised group tour to a Lions International Youth Camp at Rotorua, New Zealand, followed by a group tour to the National Winner’s home state, a total of 16 days’ duration during the summer holidays. Each state winner will also receive $500 spending money.
The National Winner receives an overseas trip to a destination of choice to the value of $4,000 plus $1,000 spending money. The Public Speaking winner receives a trip to a destination of choice to the value of $2,000 plus $500 spending money. Certificates of recognition are awarded at all levels of judging for the overall heat winner and the public speaking winner.
Eligibility to Enter
Entry is open to youth who are attending or have attended a high school or secondary school or equivalent standard of school in any other educational establishment, including correspondence school, in the Lions year in which the National Final is to be conducted, who are over the age of 15 and under 19 years of age at June 30th, in the year of the final.
Note – Students of Colleges of Advanced Education, and equivalent instructions are eligible to participate if undertaking secondary studies.
Other than the above all other conditions governing participation apply. It is mandatory that entrants cannot compete at more than one Club level judging in any one year.
In the videos below, our 2014 National Finalists share their thoughts.