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Multiple District 4 California Lions

Multiple District Four Youth Exchange Program

“For a World of Understanding Through Lions Youth Exchange”

Since 1961 Lions Clubs have been sending as many students as possible around the world.  In so doing, we hope that to experience another culture will bring about a better understanding of people and lead to more peaceful relations worldwide.  Our thousands of “ambassadors of goodwill,” who do not have to come from Lions family members, are picked, not for their scholastic ability, but for their desire to learn about another culture.

We exchange for a 3 week summer program to countries in Europe, Brazil and Japan.

The Lions Youth Exchange Program was launched to provide today’s youth, our leaders of tomorrow, an opportunity to learn about people and cultures other than their own in an effort to promote world peace. Young people are given the opportunity of living with a family or families in a foreign country for a few weeks to experience first-hand a new culture, history and a different way of life. The ultimate goal is to have each participant upon returning home share his or her experiences in promoting international understanding. Lions Clubs International Youth Exchange Program was officially adopted in 1961 as a unique cultural learning opportunity for our youth and not conducted for tourism, formal education or employment.

California students visiting other countries.

Filling deadline for all applicants varies by country.  Europe has a filing deadline range from February 15 to March 31 depending on the country you pick.  Please choose your country early and contact us right away. 

A filing fee of $250 is required with all applications. Application fee includes, shirts, name badges (if going to Japan), backpacks, MD-4 Y.E. pins and banners and orientation booklet. 

There may be additional charges for camps within your chosen country that are not included in the price of our program.  You will be required to purchase your own airfare and international travel insurance. The travel insurance must be accepted in the country you are visiting.

If you require help to pay for our program, scholarships are available. Please fill out our scholarship application.

Age requirements are typically 16 - 21 

Our students going to Japan usually depart the U.S. the first weekend of July and return around August 8. Our students going to Europe usually leave the last weekend of June or beginning of July for a 3 to 5 week stay depending on the Youth Exchange chairman’s wishes in those countries.

Be a Hosting Family for students visiting from other countries.

The Lions Youth Exchange Program was started to provide today’s youth, our leaders of tomorrow, an opportunity to learn about people and countries other than their own in an effort to promote world peace. The ultimate goal is to have each participant upon returning home, apply the greater awareness and appreciation of others to fellow students, friends and family.  In doing so, we hope to foster harmony and understanding toward good will in international relations.

 The Lions Clubs International Youth Exchange Program was officially adopted in 1961 as a unique cultural, learning opportunity for our youth and not conducted for tourism, formal education or employment. It is promoting World Peace, One Student at a Time.

To our very exceptional and generous host families, we cannot thank you enough.  Without you, this program cannot work.  You are taking these students to become a part of your family. We would like to recommend that you take two students from two different countries. This is so that they will need to speak English to each other. When taking Japanese students, it is wise to pick an older and younger student so the older can help the younger speak English.

Upon arrival and before anything else, please explain the house rules to your new family members. This is so that there is no misunderstanding as to whether or not smoking, drinking, etc. is allowed in your home.
Other suggestions we have are:

 

For more information call or Text Lion Victoria Brady Chairperson - (916) 329-6487

or email: yepmd4@gmail.com

3rd year member: Diane Quinlan

2nd year member: Angelica Ruiz

1st year member: Carrie Guadagnolo

Multiple District Four Youth Exchange Program

Click here to go to the Foundation Website.

The MD4 Lions Youth Exchange Foundation, Inc. is a California non-profit public corporation administered by a Board of Directors who are Lions and serve without pay. The Foundation is the trustee of the funds contributed to support the Youth Exchange Program.

OFFICERS:
President: PDG Steven Blumin
Vice President:  Mel Komatsu
Secretary: PDG Barry Fredenburg
Treasurer: Terri Komatsu

Youth Protection Policy

Multiple District Four takes the safety of students very seriously. 
Please go the Youth Protection Policy for more information.