One of the best ways Lions serve youth is to let them serve. Long before AmeriCorps and even before the Peace Corps, Lions have channeled the enthusiasms and energies of young people into fellowship and service. Leos collect food for the hungry, befriend the elderly, clean roads and forests, raise awareness of diseases such as diabetes, plant trees, paint and repair homes, and provide clothing and supplies to victims of disasters. The range of activities is as wide as the imagination of youth and the depth of their impact is as profound as the richness of their hearts. First begun by a Pennsylvania Lion in 1957 and officially adopted by Lions Clubs International a decade later, Leos now number nearly 145,000 in 142 nations. Alpha Leos from 12 to 18 years old and Omega Leos from 18 to 30 have a blast with one another, do good in the community and learn the value of service. And, yes, some do choose to become Lions, either through the Leo to Lion program or down the road a bit when they’ve settled firmly into their adult life and fondly recall the thrill of serving those in need in fellowship with others. In the circle of life, Leos are our cherubs with tons of energy and the not-so radical belief that the world can be transformed.
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