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Top Ten Youth Camps and Exchange Chairperson Award

The success of the Youth Camps and Exchange (YCE) Program can be attributed to the unwavering dedication of Lions members around the world who serve as YCE Chairpersons. They not only serve as travel, activity and safety coordinators, but as mentors and confidants for the youth and families participating in the YCE Program. The annual Top Ten Youth Camps and Exchange Chairperson Award recognizes and honors those Lions who go above and beyond their duties as YCE Chairpersons.

The following individuals were selected by the International Board of Directors for their service in positively impacting the lives of young people around the world and fulfilling the Lions Clubs International mission to encourage peace and international understanding through Lions clubs.

2020-2021 YCE top ten chairpersons


David Giacchetti
District 108 LA

“The memorable aspect of the YCE program was making the participants aware that it is possible to share different cultures and life experiences and to take one step further toward a better world. What I liked most was being able to give young people the chance to travel and the possibility to meet and make friends with YCE participants and chairpersons from different countries.” 

Giorgio Dall’Olio
District 108 A

“The best thing about my role as YCE chairperson is working hard to give so many young people the opportunity to partake in the wonderful experience of the YCE program. Our program’s last evening was particularly emotional when the young people, the director, and the staff talked about our experiences at the camp together. It was moving, and I still remember the emotion I felt!”

Dorit Nitzani
District 128

“I think seeing the youth as they arrive, wondering how their stay will be, and then seeing them before they leave is exciting. To see how they become a team, build longtime, lasting friendships is very satisfying. Being a YCE chairperson is a very rewarding position in Lions — we meet YCE participants from all over the world and learn a lot about their life.”

Hiromi Yamato
Multiple District 336

“The most memorable event was the online cooking exchange sessions organized by Hagi LC, Nagato LC and Shuho LC during the pandemic. Through cooperation, we put together an ingenious project with the students. Even under difficult circumstances, international exchange among students is possible with everyone’s ideas and cooperation.”


Nominate Your Youth Camps and Exchange Chairperson!


All official district and multiple district YCE chairpersons are eligible for the Top Ten Youth Camps and Exchange Chairperson Award. Immediate past council chairpersons and immediate past district governors of single districts are encouraged to nominate an extraordinary YCE chairperson that served during the camp and exchange period in the previous fiscal year. Some considerations for this award include:

  • YCE Chairperson must have been registered in MyLCI to be eligible.
  • Promotion of peace, international understanding and goodwill through the YCE program.
  • Number of youth hosted and sponsored for Lions youth camps and/or exchanges
  • Innovative ways to include service, Leos and/or LCI Global Causes into YCE programming.
  • Previous winners of this award are not eligible for nomination.

How to Nominate?

Nominate your exceptional YCE Chairperson by sending this form to Lions International at the address.

Please note that nominations will only be accepted by Lions International if the nominee has officially been nominated through MyLCI by their District Governor or Council Chairperson.