Young Ambassador Competition
... The 2020 winner is ...
The Lions Young Ambassador of the 21st Century Award
recognises young people for their outstanding community service involvement and
encourages them to keep and develop that community involvement.
It broadens awareness of community service opportunities and enables them to sharpen
interview and communication skills.
It also gives them the opportunity to win a bursary for a community project which
they have been undertaking or want to start.
This is a National Competition which aims to celebrate the many achievements of
young people commencing in September of each year.
Candidates must be aged between 15 - 18 years by the end of June in the following year.
Local candidates have won up to £1,500 for their charitable project.
Click the video below to hear from Abi who Shakespeare Lions sponsored and won the
Young Ambassador Competition in 2020 going forward to represent the UK in the European final.
Virtual European Young Ambassador Competition for 2020
The European final was held 17th April 2021 with Abi representing Lions in the UK.
The countries taking part were: Moldova, Rumania, Belgium, Italy, United Kingdom and Ireland.
The main areas covered by the projects were:
Environment, Sociological effect on young people, On line training and teacher support due to low wages and lack of devices.
Abi gave a brilliant presentation full of conviction and personality.
The results of this competition were:-
1st place - Nel Top from Belgium for a very inspiring project on the environment.
2nd place - Matthew Colgan from Ireland, a great presentation on how difficult it was in rural areas for young people to talk about self-harm, suicides and other topical issues. The programme enables young people to communicate together on Zoom and is called T & Talk.
3rd place Giorgio Bernardini from Italy which was a 2nd project on the Environment.
They were all exceptional young people and lifted the bar to a great height for future candidates.
On the 9th May 2021 Shakespeare Lions President presented Abi with the trophy for winning the UK Young Ambassador in front of the memorial in Stratford upon Avon.
This year's winner is .....
This year Jake Blatcher and Caris Baugham entered our 2021 competition.
Both developed strong presentations and coped well with the challenges of speaking
on zoom to a panel of judges.
Club members who attended were impressed by the quality of
their delivery on the night and their dedication to volunteering.
In a very close decision, Jake was the eventual winner of our club heat.
Both were awarded a £50 cheque towards their respective projects.
Jake volunteers for the Adaptive Club which operates under the umbrella of the
Stratford upon Avon Boat Club.
It helps introduce people
with physical disabilities to rowing and
supports them while they gain
experience in this sport.
Caris volunteers for 'KiB'.
Kissing it Better is a healthcare charity and training provider.
It works to end the isolation of old age by bringing the generations together.
Caris has adapted to the challenges
of Covid by designing cheerful cards for patients to brighten up their lives while in hospital.
Another award supported by Shakespeare Lions is
the John Whitfield award. This is only
presented to a young person and only if they have
demonstrated outstanding community service.
We are proud to announce that this award has been presented in 2020 to Jake Blatcher,
who was also presented with a cheque in support of
the Adaptive section of the Stratford Rowing Club .
Shakespeare Lions first learned about Jake's passion for helping others
when he entered the 2020 / 2021 Young Ambassador competition,
an annual event throughout the Lions movement.
Jake found that entering and becoming Shakespeare Lions' 'Young Ambassador 2020/2021'
helped to develop his presentation skills and self-confidence.
He definitely recommends that any young person volunteering in the community finds out
more about it, because it not helps them but also the group
they volunteer for.
Jake loves sculling and is an active member of the Adaptive Club, which helps address and remove barriers preventing people with disabilities
from taking to the water.
Mark Dewdney Head Adaptive Coach at Stratford Boat Club, commented,
“Jake’s selfless assistance and input with the Club’s adaptive section has been an example
and beacon to us all in these challenging times and exemplifies the qualities of all
who coach and volunteer at Stratford Boat Club.
We are immensely proud of Jake’s achievements not only on the water but also in his own life.
The encouragement, mentoring and help that Shakespeare Lions has provided
for over fifty years in our local community has a massive and positive impact
upon the confidence and progress of young adults.”