LCIF improves access to quality education, vital health services, and positive youth development for young people around the world. Lions Quest, LCIF’s signature youth education program, is a social emotional learning curriculum which gives students the skills to navigate life and prevent bullying and substance abuse.
1 in 3 students reports being cyberbullied; 20% report skipping school because of it or violence.
2 in 3 students in 160 countries worry about violence in and around schools.
Reading scores and bullying are directly correlated.
Schools with positive school climate practices like Lions Quest have lower rates of absenteeism and bullying.
Sources: UNICEF and Thapa, A., Cohen, J., Guffey, S., & Higgins-D’Alessandro, A. (2013). A review of school climate research. Review of educational research, 83(3), 357-385
LCIF Awarded Grants
Since July 2021, LCIF has awarded 25 youth-related grants totaling US$1,554,771. View the grants which improve access to quality education, vital health services, and positive youth development.
Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Statistics
Here’s how social-emotional learning impacts young people:
- Students who participate in SEL showed improved classroom behavior, reduced rates of stress and depression, and improved attitudes towards their school, their peers, and their own self-image. SEL programs like Lions Quest increased students’ academic performance by up to 11 percent.
- Effects of SEL programs like Lions Quest are long lasting. Kindergarteners who participate in SEL programs and have stronger SEL skills are more likely to graduate high school, go to college/university, and obtain stable employment as young adults.
- Including SEL and character development is critical for educating the whole child. This approach can help bridge the achievement gap between students from high- and low-income settings and improve economic mobility for disadvantaged students.
How school climate affects young people:
- Schools with positive school climate practices like Lions Quest have lower rates of bullying and absenteeism. Students in schools with positive school climate practices were more motivated to learn and had higher achievement scores over both the short and long term.
- Bullying in schools harms all students – not just those immediately impacted. A study of student achievement scores across 30 countries found a direct correlation between bullying and student reading scores.
- Research from Harvard University found that students participating in Lions Quest reported significantly improved perception of the school climate as a whole, and improved perceptions of physical and emotional safely.
What Young People Learn in Lions Quest
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) recently published the results of a survey of top employers outlining the skills desired in new college graduates. Likewise, the World Economic Forum identified the top skills needed for the jobs of the future. The most necessary and desired skills are not related to any STEM field or technical proficiency. Instead, they are competencies directly related to the social and emotional skills built by Lions Quest:
- Problem-solving and decision-making
- Critical thinking and creativity
- Ability to work in a team environment
- Communications skills with people inside and outside an organization
- Leadership and the ability to effectively motivate others
- Strong work ethic and perseverance
The Right Education at the Right Time
LCIF is a frequent partner of foundations that research and implement social emotional learning. Our partnership allows us to share best practices from Lions Quest's programming.
Drug Education Essential to Youth
LCIF partners with organizations that inform and educate an environment free of drugs that impact local communities. Our partnership allows the DEA360 program to expand education to those regions affected by the opioid epidemic.