Providing Hope to 12 Million Youths and Counting
Lions Quest, a program of Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), is committed to providing youth around the world with a brighter future. The program is active in 60 countries, benefiting 12 million youth. To date, more than 500,000 educators worldwide have been trained to implement Lions Quest programs. With tremendous growth occurring in the last six months, the future has never looked brighter.
Lions Quest Growth Worldwide:
- In total, 14 new grants were approved at the January Lions Quest Advisory Committee (LAC) meeting, totaling US$540,000.
- New countries implementing Lions Quest this year include Bulgaria, Malawi, Mauritius and the Philippines.
- Grants awarded to four new countries at the January LAC meeting include Egypt, Indonesia, Moldova and Uruguay.
- As a member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), LCIF has committed to supporting Lions Quest in the United States. These efforts will include both raising awareness about Lions Quest and the benefits of social and emotional learning (SEL), as well as supporting the Lions Quest program as it is implemented to all youth in grades K-12, in at least one U.S. school district by 2013.
- Lions Quest in Norway received the highest marks possible for having a documented effect in preventing problem behavior and improving the social skills in children throughout the country, according to a report conducted by the Directorate of Education and Training under the Ministry of Education and Research.
- The Prime Minister of Belize recognized Lions Quest as a leading youth development program.
- Lions Quest is currently taught in schools at hospitals in Italy, providing basic skills to afford youth a better future. The lessons are modified to keep the attention of youth and not interfere with medical care being provided.
- For a third year, the Norwegian football team Sarpsborg 08 participated in a leadership workshop conducted by Lions Quest, teaching the players how to be a good role model for youth. The team advanced from division one to premier league last year.
- In Lithuania, Lions Quest is regarded as the most successful LCIF project. Currently, Lions Quest is implemented in 55 schools and has benefited more than 5,000 children. The Lithuanian Ministry of Science and Education, the Department of Drug Control and Lithuanian schools, entrust the program. The European Union recently provided funding to support additional growth.
Unprecedented opportunities exist for the Lions Quest program. Through support from LCIF and Lions, the program will continue to achieve great success. Join the Foundation in its commitment to supporting youth and ensuring a better future for tomorrow.