No one ever said growing up is easy, and Lions know kids can face some pretty difficult obstacles—peer pressure, bullying and drugs and alcohol among them. That’s why Lions and the Lions Quest program are empowering youth to make positive life decisions for 25 years and counting. The schools-based life skills program has been teaching students from kindergarten to 12th grade to make responsible decisions, communicate effectively and avoid drugs and violence—changing lives one classroom at a time. For educators using the program, the magic is in the method: Lions Quest curricula use individual and team-based learning modules, self-evaluation tools and community service projects to develop skills, build selfesteem and promote an environment of social and cultural understanding. Lions Quest is currently active in almost 50 countries and program materials have been translated into 24 languages. Proof is in the Pudding How do you qualify the results of Lions Quest for students? Ask the students themselves. In 2006, Knox County, Maine, had the highest prevalence of youth arrests in the state. Sociological studies showed county youth had the highest prevalence of risk factors, the second-lowest prevalence of protective factors and the second highest prevalence rate for substance use for youth among the state’s counties. After one year implementing the Lions Quest program, here’s how 300 students in Maine School Administrative District 5 (MSAD 5) rated their own experiences, compared to before the program’s implentation.
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