Lions Quest, a positive youth development program of Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), and collaborating organization, the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), are working together to help create safer, healthier and drug-free communities. For years, LCIF has maintained a supportive affiliation with the organization, formalizing the relationship in 2007 to have a greater impact on U.S. communities. Through CADCA, U.S. Lions connect with coalitions in their own backyard and are able to impact youth in their local communities on a larger scale. Working with local schools, businesses, healthcare providers, faith organizations, social services agencies, law enforcement, government agencies and the media, Lions can take a comprehensive, community-wide approach to reduce substance abuse. “We work together to create environments so that our youth can grow up to live productive, safe, healthy lives,” said Larry Dilworth, vice president for Development & Events at CADCA. LCIF and CADCA share a common goal: to provide young people with the skills they need to reject drugs and live healthy, productive lives. To further develop the partnership, CADCA and LCIF recently committed to three strategies: • Increase awareness and education about the mission and projects of each organization through all communications vehicles and at each organization’s major conferences. • Provide opportunities for Lions and community coalitions to meaningfully connect at the local level. • Consider future partnerships, both domestically and internationally, that seek to reduce drug use and its associated consequences. “Life skills and service learning are key components of any prevention program in communities because it gives youth the capacity to make the kinds of decisions that they need to make when confronted with the temptations and the availability of illegal or illicit substances,” Dilworth said. Lions Clubs International acquired Lions Quest in 1984. In communities worldwide, Lions work with schools to implement the Lions Quest program, building stronger youth for tomorrow. CADCA is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities. CADCA represents over 5,000 community coalitions across the country. Internationally, CADCA is assisting the U.S. Department of State by teaching anti-drug coalition building principles to community-based organizations in Peru, El Salvador, Colombia, Mexico and Brazil. Partnerships such as the one between LCIF and CADCA are integral in building healthy and safe communities, providing resources that educate today’s youth about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Through the well-established relationship, both organizations are serving more people and making a greater impact. Visit www.cadca.com to learn more.
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