Young people are a dynamic force for good. We’re more than a century into service, and committed as ever to sustaining our impact over the next 100 years. That’s why we devote ourselves to serving youth as beneficiaries, youth as partners, and empowering youth as service leaders.


We Serve young people
Across all our Global Causes, we remain committed to serving children and youth. Practically, we improve existing programs through the development of new initiatives that increase impact:



We partner with young people
Young people are reinventing service with the help of Lions. We recognize and resource youth as capable service leaders:


  • Leos
  • Youth Leaders

We unleash youth leadership
Young people are global change makers. Their fresh perspectives and insights drive change in our organization, in their communities and in the world:



Essay Writing

Lions International Essay Contest

Created to give an opportunity for visually impaired young people to express their feelings of peace, the International Essay Contest is a staple of Lions clubs around the world. Lions work with local schools and area families to identify young people who are interested in participating and who could benefit from this program. One grand prize winner will receive an award and US$5,000.

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Youth Camps and Exchane

International Youth Camp

With the mission of promoting international peace and understanding, the Youth Camp and Exchange Program (YCE) gives thousands of young people the opportunity to experience life in other cultures and gain a new understanding of the world through travel abroad.

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Peace Poster Contest

International Peace Poster Contest

For over three decades, Lions clubs around the globe have been sponsoring a very special art contest in schools and youth groups. Creating peace posters gives children everywhere the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity.

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Young Ambassador

Young Ambassador

The Lions Young Ambassador program is part of the “Lions Opportunities for Youth” initiative.

This competition takes place in District 202K (Upper North Island – Whitianga to Kaitaia)

This program is looking for leaders of the future with an emphasis on community service being part of that leadership.

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Lions Clubs Speechmaker Contest

Young Speechmaker

The Lions Clubs of New Zealand offers youth from 16-21 years of age the opportunity to participate in a national annual public speaking competition. Entry is free and open to the public through their local Lions Club.

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Lions Clubs Youth Camp and Exchange Program

Youth Exchange

The Lions Youth Exchange programme was officially adopted as a project of Lions Clubs International in 1961 and was founded on the first object of Lions which is:

"to create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world".

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Kindness Matters

We are 8000 men and women serving in clubs across New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa, American Samoa and Fiji.  Use the button below to find your local club and send them a message directly.

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