Alecia Dimar 0000-00-00 00:00:00
The Lions Quest program had a banner year. With the conclusion of a milestone celebration, continued growth worldwide and securing a grant and recognition, the future has never looked brighter. Lions Quest, a program of Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), increases service among youth and Lions in communities around the world. The program develops youth of all ages into strong, healthy citizens. “We believe by using the program, our school is a safe and caring environment,” said Margaret Urlich, a principal in New Zealand, “Students learn skills and strategies to make them acceptable community members.” Lions Quest has been celebrating its 25th anniversary this past year. In June at the international convention in Sydney, Q Bear, the program’s mascot, will be at the Foundation’s booth. Lions who donate to the program can be in a photo with the mascot. In addition, a life-size Q Bear will be auctioned off to the Lions Quest supporter with the highest bid. Lions Quest is experiencing significant growth worldwide. Three new countries, Bulgaria, Mauritius and the Philippines, were added in January at the Lions Quest Advisory Committee meeting. Twelve grants totaling US$506,450 were approved. This brings the program closer to International President Eberhard J. Wirf’s goal of being in 60 countries worldwide by the end of this year. The program also surpassed the half million mark, having trained more than 500,000 educators to implement Lions Quest programs. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) exemplify the growth of Lions Quest. CPS has introduced Lions Quest at eight schools to develop students’ social-emotional learning (SEL). The program’s positive presence in CPS recently led to a $10,000 grant from Bank of America. The funds will be used to train 36 teachers and provide Lions Quest curriculum materials to 500 students at Edward Tilden Career Community Academy High School. Tilden has a high drop-out rate and a low graduation rate; the majority of its students come from low-income families. “Youth in Chicago are some of the most at-risk in the U.S.,” said Al Brandel, chairperson of LCIF. “But the Lions Quest program aims to provide these youth with the life skills they need to develop into healthy adults and build stronger communities.” Lions Quest is a leading proponent of SEL, which is attracting positive attention. A recent congressional hearing cited SEL for its links to academic gains. CNN’s American Morning profiled a suburban Chicago school that embraces SEL. 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.
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