Oak Brook, Illinois, April 21, 2011 – A funding opportunity valued at more than US$400,000 is available to school districts interested in managing student behavior, addressing bullying issues, and improving academic performance and commitment to school. The selected school district will partner with Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) to implement the Lions Quest program districtwide.
Believed to be the first project of its kind, a major benefit of incorporating an entire school district will be the ability to assess the impact of the program across a whole community. The Foundation’s grant will provide Lions Quest staff development, curriculum materials and student materials for this project at no cost.
Interested schools should complete the Lions Quest Proposal form and submit a letter of interest by May 25. LCIF plans to announce the selected school in June with the program scheduled to begin Fall 2011. The two-year partnership is ideal for districts of 25-40 schools and is restricted to the United States.
Lions Quest is a K-12 program that 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
The program has drawn rave reviews from educators and high ratings from government agencies. Over the past 25 years, the program developer, school districts, universities, and independent research firms have conducted program evaluations. Results show improved achievement test scores; change in knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs regarding substance abuse and violence; lower rates of disciplinary problems; lower risk of dropping out of school; as well as decreased use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
This partnership is being funded in part by a US$100,000 grant from NoVo Foundation to support LCIF’s Commitment to Action through the Clinton Global Initiative. The Commitment to Action is LCIF’s goal of expanding Lions Quest across one entire United States school district by 2013.
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.
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Lions Quest is a worldwide initiative of LCIF, the official charitable organization of Lions Clubs International. LCIF has been committed to community service and serving youth since it was established in 1968. Nearly 12 million youth in 65 countries have taken part in a Lions Quest classroom, and more than 500,000 educators and other adults have been trained to implement the program. For more information, visit the Web site at www.lions-quest.org or www.lcif.org.