Allie Stryker 2013-10-08 10:04:24
LCIF Grants Change Lives This school year students in New York might have a new favorite class as part of their curriculum, something that stands out a little more than the regular reading, writing and arithmetic: learning life skills. A program of Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), Lions Quest focuses on social and emotional skill building, anti-bullying, substance abuse, dropout prevention and service learning. The program is designed to create a positive school climate and unite the home, school and community. “Teachers who implement the program discover that strong bonds and positive relationships develop in their classrooms, while students develop important skills such as working collaboratively, making informed decisions, solving problems, and achieving their goals,” explains Joan Fretz, co-founder of the Long Island Social Emotional Literacy Forum. “Students then choose to contribute positively and that maximizes instructional time.” Lions in District 20-S in New York were given a $100,000 Lions Quest grant from LCIF for program implementation in area schools. Lions will conduct 21 workshops to train 660 teachers, benefiting approximately 60,000 students across 13 school districts. This grant was awarded as part of the August 2013 Lions Quest Advisory Committee (LAC) and SightFirst Advisory Committee (SAC) grant review process. The LAC awarded just over US$1.4 million for 26 Lions Quest grant projects. This is the largest grant amount ever awarded at one time for Lions Quest, LCIF’s social and emotional learning program for schoolchildren. While the program implementation in New York is a good example of a Lions Quest grant, Lions Quest is not only available in the United States—teachers have been trained in more than 80 countries. Following a successful pilot program workshop in 2007, Lions in Zambia received a grant of $23,997 to implement Lions Quest for the first time. Combined with local matching funds, this grant allows Lions to conduct two workshops, training 60 teachers to implement Lions Quest in low-income schools. This will benefit approximately 900 students. In other countries and communities around the world, from Mexico to Lebanon to Japan and more, Lions Quest is helping more than 12 million children to become wellrounded citizens. In the realm of sight, the SAC awarded more than $7.4 million for 32 SightFirst grants. As part of these grants, Lions from Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C. were awarded $567,647 to establish a Lions-led low vision rehabilitation network with Johns Hopkins University. Low vision occurs when vision is significantly reduced and cannot be corrected or improved with glasses, contacts or surgery. Through this grant, low vision training and education will be provided to local ophthalmologists, optometrists, therapists and Lions, giving more than 11,700 people with low vision access to services locally. In Belize, Lions are providing assistance to people with diabetic retinopathy. This disease results from poor diabetes management and can lead to vision loss. A SightFirst grant of $130,699 will help Lions expand the existing diabetic retinopathy screening and treatment services at the National Eye Clinic and its five satellite facilities. Implemented in partnership with the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired and the Ministry of Health of Belize, the project will provide training in diabetic retinopathy screening and diagnosis, upgraded equipment and more. An estimated 10,663 people will be screened for diabetic retinopathy and 1,650 people will be treated for the disease over the course of three years. Through these grants and more, Lions and LCIF are making a difference.
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