A number of national and international organizations committed to guiding young people toward responsible, healthy, drug and violence free lives, have supported Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and Lions Quest.
Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Prevention Program
In 2014 Lions Quest began collaboration with the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime (UNODC) to implement a school-based prevention program in Serbia. In October 2014, LCIF and the UNODC completed the cycle of five training workshops in Serbia. In total, nearly 100 teachers were trained to implement an abbreviated version of Skills for Adolescence in nine Belgrade-area schools. The feedback from teachers and other participants has been universally positive, with many expressing their desire to implement the full version of the program in the future.
In 2009 Lions Clubs International (LCI) launched a new partnership with Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) in an effort to strengthen collaboration between community coalitions and Lions clubs members. “Not only do both organizations share a common goal-to provide young people with the skills they need to reject drugs and live healthy, productive lives-but they are both member organizations built on communities working together to make change happen,” said Gen. Arthur T. Dean, CADCA Chairman and CEO. CADCA and LCI have committed to work together to develop strategies to increase awareness and education about each organization’s mission and projects, and to provide opportunities for Lions and coalitions to meaningfully connect at the local level.
In 2002 the US State Department, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) partnered with LCIF to promote and expand Lions Quest in Eastern Europe. INL funds helped to translate curriculum materials and implement Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, the Russian Federation, and Ukraine. In 2009 the INL and LCIF expanded the project to Africa, with funding directed to support workshops in Tanzania.
Evidence-based Social and Emotional Learning Program
Lions Quest programs have received an “Select SEL” and “SEL Promising” rating from CASEL, the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning. This rating is awarded in recognition of Lions Quest’s excellence in three areas recommended by CASEL as the most important starting points for program selection – Outstanding SEL Instruction, Evidence of Effectiveness, and Outstanding Professional Development.
Lions Quest is listed on the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, a service of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Previously designated a “Model” program under SAMHSA’s former NREPP system, Skills for Adolescence remains on the NREPP list as an evidence-based prevention program, rated for Quality of Research and Readiness for Dissemination.