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Communications Manager, LCIF

Lions Quest to Expand in U.S. School District

Program Receives US$100,000 Grant from NoVo Foundation

(March 18, 2011, Oak Brook, IL, USA) – Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has been awarded a US$100,000 grant from the NoVo Foundation to support LCIF’s Commitment to Action through the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). LCIF has committed to expand Lions Quest across one entire United States school district by 2013. Expansion of Lions Quest, the kindergarten through 12th grade life skills and youth development program, will ensure even more students benefit from the values of social and emotional learning.

The US$100,000 in funding will support LCIF’s U.S. efforts during the next three years to implement Lions Quest district-wide as a social and emotional learning program. These LCIF efforts match the efforts being led across the U.S. to build support and evidence for the positive impact on youth.

“Lions are encouraged to know that there other leading Foundations in addition to LCIF that support our youth and see Lions Quest as a leading program to empower and support adults and educators throughout the United States and world to nurture caring and responsible young people. By joining with Novo Foundation to support the Clinton Global Initiative, we are helping even more youth to lead positive and healthy lives,” said Eberhard J. Wirfs, LCIF Chairperson.

NoVo Foundation supports initiatives that focus on ending violence against girls and women and promoting gender equity worldwide, empowering adolescent girls in the developing world, and advancing social and emotional learning in the U.S. Established in 2006, NoVo Foundation is led by Jennifer and Peter Buffett.

“We are excited to join LCIF in its important commitment to bringing social and emotional learning to an entire school district" said Jennifer Buffett, President of NoVo Foundation. "Over time, with the proper exposure, we expect that more districts will harness the power of evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) to improve academic and personal development outcomes for children and schools. There is overwhelming evidence that SEL yields multiple, important benefits, fully compatible with the core objectives of education. NoVo Foundation and LCIF are well aligned, and we are pleased to be able to contribute US$100,000 help meet the CGI commitment."

SEL and the Lions Quest program encourages youth of all ages to be self-aware, to regulate their emotions, to be socially aware by recognizing and appreciating individual and group similarities and differences, to seek out and appropriately use family, school, and community resources, to have good relationship skills and to demonstrate responsible decision-making at school, but also at home and in the community.

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About Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF)
LCIF supports the large-scale humanitarian initiatives of members of Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest service club organization with 1.35 million members in 207 countries and regions. LCIF has been named the #1 NGO with which to partner, according to a Financial Times survey. Serving youth has been a longstanding mission of LCIF. LCIF has awarded more than 200 grants for a cumulative total of more than US$13 million to expand or establish Lions Quest programs across 65 countries around the world, impacting more than 12 million youths. To learn more visit www.lcif.org or www.lions-quest.org.

About NoVo Foundation
NoVo Foundation seeks to foster a transformation in global society from a culture of domination and exploitation to one of equality and partnership. To accomplish this, we unlock the potential of girls and women to be powerful agents of change and help children grow into caring adults skilled at working cooperatively with each other. NoVo supports the development of capacities in people – individually and collectively – to help create a caring and balanced world that operates on the principles of mutual respect, collaboration, and civic participation.

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