More than 16 million youth have been taught positive life skills through Lions Quest, our most comprehensive program for youth. Lions Quest unites the home, school and community to cultivate capable and healthy young people through positive youth development programs. More than 600,000 educators have been trained to implement the programs, which supports character development, social and emotional learning, civic values, violence and substance abuse prevention and service-learning.
Lions work with the schools to implement the program from kindergarten through 12th grade, and often partner on community service-learning projects.
The program has drawn rave reviews from educators and high ratings from government agencies. Over the past 30 years, program developers, school districts, universities and independent research firms have conducted program evaluations which indicate that the Lions Quest program improves achievement test scores, changes attitudes and beliefs regarding substance abuse and violence, lowers rates of disciplinary problems, lowers risk of dropping out of school and decreases use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is the nation’s leading organization advancing the development of academic, social and emotional competence for all students. CASEL has released its 2015 CASEL Guide: Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs—Middle and High School Edition, which rates well-designed, evidence-based social and emotional learning programs used in middle and high schools. Lions Quest: Skills for Adolescence is one of nine programs that received top honors, earning a spot on the Guide’s “SELect” list, meaning they had positive effects, such as improved academics and reduced problem behavior.
Continually expanding, Lions Quest is present in nearly 100 countries and program materials have been translated into 40 languages. This positive youth development program is having a huge, global impact.