There has never been a generation of young people more involved in their community. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, in the United States alone, nearly 22% of people aged 16 to 24 are volunteering. In other areas of the world that percentage is even higher.
A growing number of studies show that youth who engage in meaningful service projects experience a host of positive outcomes.
Lions have an incredible opportunity to engage youth by developing programs they can relate to, and by encouraging their input and participation in the planning process. Allowing youth to develop and lead a service project helps them learn valuable life skills while emphasizing the role of service.
During August, we invite you and your club to join Lions around the world in recognizing the power of youth involvement. Help us shine a light on youth by planning activities in connection with United Nations International
Youth Day (www.un.org/youth), recognized each August. Or, organize projects throughout the month that engage and mobilize youth in the process of helping communities.
Here are several project ideas:
• Assemble care packages for homeless shelters or a children’s hospital.
• Help clean or repair a community center.
• Collect and donate supplies to a local school.
• Organize a youth forum or town hall meeting to highlight topics that youth have identified as critical community issues.
• Paint a playground.
Sharing Your Success
Lions do so much to shine a light where there is darkness and despair. Help spread the word! This year, be sure your club secretary uses the Service Activities Report to report your club’s service activities, especially projects related to the service action campaigns. For more information, go to the Planning Projects section of the LCI Web site or keyword search “Service Activity Report” at www.lionsclubs.org.
A number of resources such as planning guides and press releases are available to assist you in completing a Lions Global Service Action Campaign project. For materials and campaign updates, go to the Member Center of the LCI Web site at http://www.lionsclubs.org.