LCIF, Lions Quest and YOUR Club …
In 1984, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) gave its first grant to Quest International to help expand the Quest program, forming the Lions Quest partnership. From that point, support of Lions Quest became a focus of LCIF’s service to young people throughout the world. For the next eighteen years, LCIF supported Quest at the organisational level through grants and technical collaboration, and at the local level through Lions Club involvement in community implementation of the program in schools.
LCIF took formal ownership of Lions Quest on September 30, 2002. To date, LCIF has awarded more than 360 grants for a cumulative total of more than $20 million to expand or establish Lions Quest programs across the United States and around the world. Since that time, the program has grown to include 40 languages in almost 100 countries across the globe. The programs have been implemented in Australia since 1988 when Skills for Adolescence was piloted in NSW secondary schools. The Australian edition of the updated F-8 curriculum is available in 2017.
Lions have been key to the success and expansion of Lions Quest, supporting the program through local funding, coordinating teacher training, speaking to young people, and undertaking joint service projects with schools.
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Discover how one Lions Club assisted teachers from their local community attend Quest training.
Robe Lions Club in the South East of South Australia Support the Lions Quest Workshops
Robe Lions Club has helped two Robe teachers broaden their teaching skills; Reception/Year 1 teacher and well-being coordinator Shalene Venn and Year 6/7 teacher Kate Schubert were supported by the club in going to Adelaide to complete a “Lion Quest” Social and Emotional Learning workshop..
Shalene and Kate attended the “Skills for Growing/Adolescence” program in the Education Development Centre in Hindmarsh on the 31st March 2017.
Ms Venn said: “For young people to achieve their potential, it is not just about academic achievement, but social and emotional learning has a huge impact on children and their education.”
The financial support from the Lions club was $150 per teacher, which included one resource pack for each teacher.
The school supported the program by paying for petrol and accommodation and buying two more resource packs for different year levels.
Lions Quest program goals include:
- Engaging the school community in creating a learning environment that is based on caring relationships, high expectations, and meaningful involvement.
- Providing opportunities for students to learn the essential emotional and social skills needed to lead healthy and productive lives.
- Celebrating diversity and encourage respect for others.
- Strengthen students’ commitments to their family, peers, school, and community.
The pack for each year level contains a resource guide and learning journal/worksheets for the kids plus a usb and resources/worksheets/colourful teaching templates for the whiteboard.
Ms Venn said: “It was fantastic meeting other teachers, sharing knowledge and experience.”
The Lions Quest was introduced by Lions Australia about 30 years ago. For four years it has been going through a transition and an upgrade to bring it into modern day learning.
Lions member David Thomas said supporting the two teachers was very beneficial for them and the school. “They are so happy about it and they would love to have the other two teachers complete the course so that the whole school would be working on this curriculum,” he said. “My aim is to get enough interest in the South East to try and get a program up here.
We have our foot in the door with the Robe Primary teachers. The other two teachers now want to take it on, so all four from the Robe school will be trained in the Quest program.
It would be great to get other schools involved in this program, it is highly considered and recommended in educational circles. It gives children a good educational background and life skills and is very beneficial. It is consistent from Reception all the way through to high school and applies to each level of schooling.”