Lions Quest

Lions Quest

is a social and emotional learning program for Foundation to year 8.

Lions Quest offers a comprehensive Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) program that supports the development of happy, healthy and resilient young people who are caring and engaged members of their families, schools, and communities. The curriculum materials span nine-year levels (Foundation to Year 8) with a Teacher Resource Guide, Program Guide and student and parent materials at each level.

Benefits for schools and teachers

Mapped to the Australian Curriculum

Explicit lessons to develop personal and social capability

Strong evidence base

FREE students materials in USB

Additional resources on website

Skills for Growing (Foundation to Year 5) and Skills for Adolescence (Years 6 to 8) have been aligned to the Australian Curriculum. They have strong links to strands, sub-strands and key ideas in the Health and Physical Education and Humanities and Social Sciences learning areas and the Personal and Social arena of the cross-curricular General Capabilities.

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Lions Quest Skills for Growing and Skills for Adolescence programs offer a classroom and whole-school approach to social and emotional wellbeing. In line with current educational research on maximising student learning by making it engaging, challenging and meaningful, while developing social and emotional skills and nurturing student wellbeing (Durlak, Weissberg, Dymnicki, Taylor, & Schellinger, 20111.), Lions Quest programs empower teachers to:

  • build relationship-centred learning communities with high expectations for behaviour
  • use experiential learning approaches that include inclusive and interactive strategies
  • include reflection as an integral part of the learning process
  • create partnerships with parents and community members to promote personal and social responsibility in young people.

Skills for Growing
(Foundation to Year 5)

In addition to their responsibility for the intellectual development of their students, teachers and schools respond to an expectation to foster caring, responsibility, resilience, respect for others and healthy behaviours. That’s a demanding and vital role!

Skills for Adolescence
(Years 6 to 8)

Schools don’t have to make a choice between fostering their students’ academic learning and nurturing their wellbeing. Lions Quest Skills for Growing and Skills for Adolescence help create the kind of classroom environment essential for academic success and social and emotional wellbeing.

Helping create resilient young people

Program Package

Lions Quest includes teacher training with comprehensive printed and digital resources

Teacher Training

The one-day Lions Quest accreditation workshop immerses participants in the principles, processes, and content of the Skills for Growing and Skills for Adolescence programs. The training can focus on Skills for Growing (F– 5) or Skills for Adolescence (6-8) or can be delivered as a combination workshop that covers F-8, while individual participants focus on the year level of their choice.

The busy day models a variety of classroom strategies and provides opportunities for participants to experience a range of program components.

Read more about the workshops in the gallery below.


Printed resources

Nine grade-specific packs with a Teacher’s Resource Guide (Foundation to Year 8) covering six-unit topics:

  1. A Positive Learning Community
  2. Personal Development
  3. Social Development
  4. Health, Safety, and Wellbeing
  5. Leadership and Service
  6. Reflection and Closure

Universal Program Guide:

  • Introduction to the Lions Quest programs
  • Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • Successful Implementation
  • Lions Quest and the Australian Curriculum
  • Instructional Strategies

Digital resources (USB)

Classroom Lesson Resources

  • Slides: thumbnails shown in lesson outlines (Teacher Resource Guide)
  • Family Connection: take-home worksheets – referred to in each lesson
  • Student Journal – worksheets to accompany each lesson

Families as Partners Resources

  • Parent Meeting Guide – outlines for Skills for Growing and Skills for Adolescence parent meetings
  • Letters and Handouts for meetings
  • Slides for meetings

Lions Quest Information Gallery

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About the Lions Quest Teacher Accreditation Workshops

The one-day Lions Quest accreditation workshop immerses participants in the principles, processes and content of the Skills for Growing and Skills for Adolescence programs. The training can focus on Skills for Growing (F– 5) or Skills for Adolescence (6-8) or can be delivered as a combination workshop which covers F-8, while individual participants focus on the year level of their choice.

The busy day models a variety of classroom strategies and provides opportunities for participants to experience a range of program components. Participants work in groups to:

  • examine elements of best practice to create and maintain a positive and supportive learning community;
  • review the Lions Quest curriculum materials;
  • plan and present sample program activities;
  • consider classroom and/or school-wide implementation.

“How can a school community best support the social and emotional development of respectful, responsible and resilient learners?” is the central question which is considered and revisited throughout the day. 

After spending some time planning their school or classroom implementation, participants leave the training day with a clear idea of what they will do first.

Why is it necessary to attend a workshop in order to buy the resources?

The provision of teacher training is regarded as best practise in the SEL arena.

“CASEL SELect programs* are well-designed classroom-based programs that target all five areas of social and emotional competence, provide opportunities for practice, and offer multi-year programming; offer training and other implementation support, including initial training and ongoing support to ensure high-quality implementation; and are evidence-based with at least one carefully conducted evaluation that included a comparison group and pre and post measures that documented a positive impact on academic performance or other important student behaviors … “ (Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning [CASEL] 20133.)
* Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence is a CASEL SELect program.

Where are the workshops held?

Accreditation workshops are scheduled in major centres when there is a core interest group, or for individual schools or school districts upon request. Some workshops are conducted in schools, others in community venues or education centres.

‘Open’ workshops are open to teachers from many schools as well as Lions and sometimes community members. ‘School based’ workshops are scheduled at the request of an individual school, or group of schools.

The workshop generally runs during school hours (9am to 3.30pm) however we’re happy to negotiate flexible delivery to suit your school’s needs. Morning tea and lunch are provided and special dietary requirements are catered for.

How much does it cost to attend a workshop?

Workshop costs can vary depending on whether grant funds are available in your area. The usual cost of a curriculum pack is $99 and the fee to attend an ‘Open’ workshop is $180 – a total of $279 for the training and one year-level pack. The cost of a ‘school-based’ workshop is negotiated depending on the school’s venue, catering and curriculum pack requirements.

What about funding assistance?

We encourage schools to approach their local Lions Club and request assistance with meeting the cost of teacher training, and we provide a sample letter for this.

Sometimes Lions Clubs International Foundation grant funds reduce the cost of teacher training in a particular area.

Please contact us for further details about Lions Quest one-day accreditation workshops.


3. Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). 2013 CASEL Guide: effective social and emotional learning programs, p16.

Lions Quest Research and Evidence Base

The growing number of social and emotional learning programs available for classroom or whole-school implementation makes the decision about which program to use a difficult one for school leaders. We trust that Lions Quest’s sound evidence base, research proving effective outcomes, links with the Australian Curriculum, user-friendly curriculum materials and engaging, interactive teacher professional development will help make this decision an easier one.

The Lions Quest programs are based on over twenty years of research on pedagogy and content (for example Peter Benson’s Developmental Assets Framework – 1989 1.; the work of Richard Catalano, David Hawkins and colleagues on risk and protective factors – 1996 2.; the resilience research of Emmy Werner and Ruth Smith – 1992 3. and Ann Masten’s more recent 2001 work in synthesising the resiliency research 4.). There is also a growing number of studies (see below) clearly demonstrating that when implemented with fidelity, Lions Quest programs are not only evidence-based, but have also been proven effective.

Lions Quest and Lions Clubs International Foundation’s support for children and young people have been recognised by US-based and international organisations and our research-based programs and high quality teacher professional development receive consistently positive feedback from schools and teachers.

Research Reports

  • Effective Classroom Management Strategies in the Lions Quest Classroom.
    Eagle Mountain-Saginaw School District, Texas. AIR Final Report, October 2016 – Download
  • Lions Quest Skills for Growing: Implementation and Outcome Study in Wood County, West Virginia.
    AIR Final Report by Yael Kidron, Mark Garibaldi, Emily Anderson, and David Osher. December 2015 – Download
  • Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence: Implementation and Outcome Study in Wood County, West Virginia.
    AIR Final Report by Yael Kidron, Mark Garibaldi, and David Osher. January 2016 – Download
  • Study Brief: The Effects of Three Lions Quest Programs on Students’ Behaviors and Prosocial Attitudes by Yael Kidron, Mark Garibaldi, and David Osher.2015 – Download
  • Evaluation of Project SAVE for LA Webber High School, Lyndonville, New York (Skills for Adolescence and Skills for Action) by Dr. Richard Bradley and Dr. Molly Laird, July 2009 – Download
  • Brandon University (Canada) Study of Skills for Growing and Skills for Adolescence,
    December 2003 –Download
  • Evaluation of the Lions-Quest Skills for Adolescence Program: Second-year behavior outcomes. Addictive Behaviors 28 (2003) Eisen, M., Zellman, G., & Murray, D.  Download


  1. Search Institute – Developmental Assets Framework
  2. Catalano, R.F. & Hawkins, J.D. (1996). The social development model: A theory of antisocial behavior. Chapter 4 In Hawkins J.D. Delinquency and Crime: Current Theories. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (pp 149-197)
  3. Werner, E. & Smith R.S. (1992). Overcoming the Odds: High Risk Children from Birth to Adulthood. Cornell University Press
  4. Masten, A.S. (2001) Ordinary Magic: Resilience Processes in Development. American Psychologist, March 2001.
Information for Lions Clubs wishing to support schools

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.

Click here to download our guide detailing how your Lions Club can become involved.


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.


What schools are saying about Lions Quest

It is fantastic that Lions Quest desire all young people to achieve their potential, and recognise that potential is defined by more than academic achievement – their social and emotional learning is a critical element of their education. Providing workshops and resources like this is necessary and honourable – keep it up!

Peter Morton

Annesley Junior School

The workshop was well-organised and presented enabling me to truly unpack the contents in several practical ways. The presenter was passionate about her work and provided a strong role model for lesson delivery.


St Andrew’s School

Case Study

Year 4 students starting off the school year with Skills for Growing!

Bek Brown, Director of Wellbeing, Hills Christian Community School, SA explains how Lions Quest is being used at their school…

There are so many SEL programs out there that are targeted for schools that it can feel overwhelming and very difficult to pick one. I was searching for a program that would teach students explicit social and emotional skills, while still being engaging and fun. 

After going to the Lions Quest training day in September, I was confident that I had found such a program for our school. The curriculum is extremely user-friendly and educators have commented to me that “it is the best SEL program they have come across” and that their students are really enjoying it. 

I particularly like the take home worksheets to help families build on what their children are learning in Lions Quest lessons at school. There is no doubt that we need to equip students for life beyond the classroom and Lions Quest – Skills for Growing and Skills for Adolescence help to do just that.”

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How can you get started with Lions Quest?

Download a lesson sampler so you can experience this great program.

 If you are a Lions Club offer to sponsor local teachers to attend teacher training / purchase year packs

If you are a school contact your local Lions Club to seek support to hold a teacher training workshop in your local area

Contact the Lions Quest team to discuss getting the program into your local schools

Recommend this resource to young people you know or work with

Contact the Lions Quest Team

If you have any questions about Lions Quest please contact the team, they’d be happy to help.

National Toll Free: 1800 805 334


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