Around the world, more than 5,700 Leo clubs put the energy and dedication of young people to work in their communities. If you're interested in serving others, making friends and learning to lead – but can't find a Leo club near you – start one! Here are a few tips:
Every day, millions of children around the world miss out on the joy of childhood. Instead of playing with toys, they deal with poverty, malnutrition and disabilities. That's why Leo clubs work on international Leo projects and local community service projects to improve the lives of children.
It's easy to understand why Leos get so excited about the Global Leo Conference. This fun, energizing and educational event:
The Global Leo Conference brings Leos from across the globe together to gain leadership skills. Explore other cultures. Network with other Leos, international leaders and representatives from Lions Clubs International. And learn about other club and district projects and ideas at:
This event also features a special forum for Leo Club Advisors. It gives Leos the chance to take part in the exciting Parade of Nations. And it provides a way to share club success stories, enjoy the camaraderie and companionship of Leos from other countries and learn how Leos function on an international scale.
The Leo Club objective is to "...to provide the youth of the world (with) an opportunity for development and contribution, individually and collectively, as responsible members of the local, national and international community."
Leo Clubs encourage youths to develop leadership qualities by participating in social service activities. They are dependent on a Lions Club to sponsor and initiate a Leo Club. Leo Club members are addressed as "Leos." They conduct various projects in the fields of health care, elders, children, differently abled, literacy and education, and self-development. Leos can raise funds by conducting fund-raising projects. They can conduct projects with another Leo Club, sponsoring Lions club, or with an outside organization. Leo Clubs are sponsored by Lions clubs and comprise an official program of the Lions clubs international.
There are two club tracks in the Leo Club program. Alpha Leo Clubs are those that consist of members between the age of 12, the Leo Club program's minimum age, and the age of majority for the region the club is based in. Omega Leo Clubs are those that consist of members between the age of consent of the club's region, and an age determined by the Lions District.
The Leo program's maximum age of membership is 30 years of age, though it is at the discretion of the Lion's district to enforce younger upper-age limits for Omega clubs. There are no major differences in the operations or logistics of Alpha and Omega Leo Clubs.