Shirley Lions Club is looking for their 2020/2021 Young Ambassador of the 21st Century

This could be you ?

Do you love volunteering for an organisation that you are passionate about ?        

Would you like the opportunity to tell others about the work you do and what you are achieving with this organisation ?

Would you like to try to win a bursary of 500 or even 1,000 (for the national winner) to help them take forward a project ?

If so and you will be over 15 and under 19 on or before June 2021 we would love to hear from you and support you to represent Shirley Lions in the Young Ambassador competition.

The Lions Young Ambassador competition promotes the work of young people working as volunteers and gives them the recognition they deserve. Previous winners tell us the experience has boosted their self esteem, their confidence in themselves and has highlighted the charities and volunteer groups with which they are involved.

As a tangible reward the winner at District level receives a bursary of 500 and at National level 1,000. The winner's bursaries are to be used for a sustainable project with the candidate's chosen organisation or for training to develop the candidate's potential to carry out their volunteering work. These bursaries are not for the personal financial benefit of the candidate.

We will help at every step of the way as you prepare an application form and a three minute presentation to give to three judges. The District level judging takes place in November 2020 and the winner from the District goes forward to a National final in February 2021. The judging is very informal and it gives you the opportunity to meet others of your age who are also passionate about working for others.

The National winner competes for the European award at the Lions Europa Forum in late summer 2021. The dates are chosen so as not to clash with exams.

Criteria for judging of candidates for the award

The extent of the candidate's involvement in community service 50% of the marks

The personality and leadership qualities of the candidate 15% of the marks

The candidate's proposals for the use of the bursary 15% of the marks

The ability to speak for up to 3 minutes about the candidate's service activities 20% of the marks.

If you would like to represent us in this competition or know someone who may be interested please contact Lion Jackie Culliford on 0345 833 9547 for an informal chat.Calls to this number will be charged at a local call rate.

 Alternatively please download and complete the attached preliminary application form and email it to us. We will then get in touch with you.

                               Previous Shirley Lions Winners

For the Lions year 2017-2018 Hannah Carthew represented us. Hannah is the registered carer for her own mother, a peer mentor for other young carers with Solihull Young Carers, a peer mentor at her school, and a winner of "Help Harry Help Others" award. Hannah also completed 100 hours service for the Gold Award as Young Leader in Service with Shirley Lions.

Hannah won the Midlands District level; of the Young Ambassador competition and then went forward to the National finals in February 2018. There she was up against the very strong competition of the other Young Ambassadors from the 12 other Districts of the UK. Although Hannah didn't win she gave an inspiring performance  and was a credit to Shirley Lions, Solihull Young Carers and herself.

On completing her year as our Young Ambassador, Hannah said "Taking part in the Young Ambassador competition was a fantastic experience"

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The previous year 2017/18 Alex represented Shirley Lions. Alex told us:-

"The Lions Young Ambassadors competition is a brilliant celebration of the work of young volunteers and organisations which are making a difference in their communities. It is an amazing opportunity to meet incredible young people from across the UK and a chance to develop really important communication skills. The Lions are extremely encouraging and supportive and the funding available is used to help you to start a project which can make a really positive difference to the lives of people in your community. The award is a great opportunity to do something a little different and I really enjoyed the experience!"

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And in the year 2016/17 Jessica represented Shirley Lions. Jessica says:-

"The Young Ambassador competition was an amazing experience. It was very exciting to have the opportunity to represent other young people and achieve funding for a project which I cared passionately about. The competition enabled me to make a big difference to my community and opened doors for a number of other opportunities such as representing the region at the National final and even going on to represent Britain in Norway. This really was a phenomenal experience, I received so much support  and had a great time. I would recommend it to everyone!"

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