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.
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:
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: