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Future Voices/ Nelson Mandela Learning Centre, Australia believes in the usefulness of cooperation across all endeavours for the benefit and development of mankind and as such, we have affiliations with leaders in businesses, the private sector, non-governmental institutions and others who believe in advancing human peace, cooperation and development

Part of our networking with the Lions Club International led to the mentoring of many young people in the areas of governance and international affairs.

Governance and International Affairs

Future Voices has developed a partnership with Lions Club International and Lion members Mr Tony Benbow, an International Director and Board member of International Lions Clubs, Mr Brian Buchanan, District Governor and Mr Terry Collison, the Secretary of the Shepparton Lions Club, met with Goulburn Valley young people to talk about the work they do both locally and globally. Many of the young people were keen to become members and are being supported in the establishment of a Lion’s Club for young people in Shepparton (called a Leo Club).

The ‘Leo’ Club membership is open to young men and women between the ages of 15- 30. It is sponsored by and affiliated to Lions Club International and it facilitates young people to develop leadership, public speaking and many other skills through:

  • participating in different projects and the Annual Lions Club International Convention around the world
  • developing projects and ideas
  • networking, accessing different career options and participating in International Youth exchanges
  • serving others in the community and around the world

The facilitators of the session asked Future Voices participants to talk about some of their volunteering involvements in the local community and at the end of the discussion Mr Tony Benbow said:

I am so impressed with what you are all doing. I have never heard of anything so impressive before and I speak to many people. You are already doing great things. Imagine what you will be able to do collectively, supported by a global network!”

In only 8 months, there has been a minimum of 86 volunteering experiences undertaken by Future Voices Alumni and Future Voices Leadership participants including:

  1. Picnic for Peace x multiple activities x 5 participants
  2. Multicultural Food Festival x 10 participants
  3. Henna painting x 3 participants
  4. Word and Mouth youth board member x 1 participant
  5. Feeding the homeless x 4 participants
  6. Meals on Wheels x 2 participants
  7. Multicultural Festival x 8 participants
  8. Indigenous Culture weekend workshop x 5 participants
  9. African Radio program weekly presenter x 1 participant
  10. Development of a new Youth Lions Club x 15 participants
  11. ABC TV interview x 6 participants
  12. Guest speaking in schools x 6 participants
  13. Volunteer abroad programs x 5 participants
  14. Book volunteer project – reading books gifted to 2 classes to advance literacy by participants in Future Voices in partnership with the Lions Club. Number of individuals directly assisted: 80 students
  15. Victoria Police Training– a training program at Shepparton Police station to train up community youth leaders to go back and identify and work with any disengaged youth in their communities that may pose a risk of being involved in unlawful behaviour x 8 participants trained
  16. Being a guest speaker and sharing experiences in seminars and workshops:
  • 2 presentations – Latrobe University
  • 1 presentation – Africa House
  • 1 presentation – Lions Convention
  • 1 presentation – South African High Commission, Canberra
  • 1 presentation – American Embassy, Canberra