Boost Your Bonds with Youth Lions can be proud that the Engaging Our Youth Centennial Service Challenge goal of serving 25 million youth was recently met. Of course, that doesn’t mean our work with youth is done. And there’s always room for improvement, whether it’s starting a new project that empowers youth, enhancing a current youth group partnership or improving our connections with Leos. Lions Clubs Enjoy Fruitful Partnerships with Youth Groups The Rockton Lions Club in Illinois has partnered with a Boy Scout troop for more than 15 years. “The Scouts are on hand at our pancake breakfast every year, assist with a summer festival and help with a community park cleanup. The partnership is great for both groups—we needed more hands and they needed the experience and service hours,” says President Kerri Wallace. The Lions help Eagle Scouts with their projects and have even shared some membership recruiting expertise with the Scouts. “Our members feel a real sense of ownership of the troop,” says Wallace. A 4-H Club is learning about recycling from the Inverness Lions in Florida. “We started a craft program where the children make everything from golf ball creatures to plastic bottle flowers,” says President Lou Isley. The 4-H youngsters also participate in the Lions’ “Trashy Fashion Show,” during which contestants model outfits made from reused materials including newspapers, CDs and soda tabs. “Each young model had an adult mentor help them out. A 10-year-old boy [pictured] won the ‘most creative’ award with his outfit made from Capri Sun pouches,” Isley says. The Lions plan to strengthen the relationship, he says. “We’re hoping that these youth will help us start a new Leo club.” Recognize Youth Who Serve Show appreciation for young volunteers in your community with the Lions Young Leaders in Service Awards. Lions clubs can provide recognition for youth ages 12 to 18 who have completed 50 hours of community service (silver seal award) or 100 hours (gold seal award) within a 12-month period. Find a guide and an award request form at lionsclubs.org. Convene for Children Improve how you serve youth by hosting a Lions Services for Children Symposium. A Children’s Symposium enables Lions to determine what services are needed for young people, improve existing programs and build momentum for supporting youth. Limited funding reimbursement is available from LCI for districts or multiple districts. Visit lionsclubs.org to find a planning guide and application for reimbursement. Searching for inspiration for the Engaging Our Youth Centennial Service Challenge focus in August? Find a list of 25 youth project ideas at Lions100.org. Lions and Leos Speak Out: How can Lions better engage with Leos? Tissona Kimone, Clarendon Leo Club, Jamaica: By truly listening to Leos, advisers can understand our needs, get to know us better and recognize the value of investing more time and effort into grooming us to become future Lions. Cheryl Chez Roney, Baulkham Hills Lions Club, Australia: There’s a generation gap between some Lions and Leos. Lions need more training on how to relate to young people and be better Leo club advisers, and trainings should be conducted by younger people. Miles Armada, Iloilo Host Premier Leo Club, Philippines: Lions can help motivate and guide young Leos to come up with good projects. It’s always great to see Lions and Leos working together. Curt Stockford, St. Paul North Ramsey 500 Lions Club, Minnesota: It all begins with engagement. Make opportunities to spend time with Leos. Listen to and support their ideas. Be a facilitator for them. After all, Leos is about developing our youth's potential.
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