Lions Quest Takes Top Honors in New CASEL Guide

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Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process of acquiring the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to understand and manage emotions, achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy, maintain healthy relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Lions Quest is Lions Clubs International Foundation’s (LCIF) comprehensive youth development program for teaching SEL, character education, bullying prevention, drug awareness, and service-learning.

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is the nation’s leading organization advancing the development of academic, social and emotional competence for all students. CASEL helps make evidence-based SEL an integral part of education from preschool through high school.Throughresearch, practice and policy, CASEL collaborates to ensure all students become knowledgeable, responsible, caring and contributing members of society.Lions Quest logo

CASEL has just released its 2015 CASEL Guide: Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs—Middle and High School Edition, which rates well-designed, evidence-based social and emotional learning programs used in middle and high schools. Lions Quest: Skills for Adolescence is one of only nine programs of the 380 reviewed that received top honors, earning a spot on the Guide’s “SELect” list, meaning they had demonstrated positive effects, such as improved academics and reduced problem behavior.

Lions Quest features three developmentally appropriate program levels—Skills for Growing (grades K-5), Skills for Adolescence (grades 6-8), and Skills for Action (grades 9-12)—that promote a caring, safe, well-managed, and participatory learning environment and allows students to develop 21st century life skills.

For information on how your club can help launch Lions Quest in your area, send an email to lionsquest@lionsclubs.org.

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LQ: Minnesota Lions Unite

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All nine clubs from a zone in Minnesota joined together to tackle two large projects in one weekend. Their first project consisted of planting different grasses and plants along the banks of the river to help prevent erosion. The second project focused on relieving the hunger in their community. The clubs packed 10,000 bags of macaroni and cheese mix. These packaged bags were then sent to their local food pantry. For one club, these projects might have seemed overwhelming, but when Lions come together, there’s nothing they can’t do!

Check out the video above and see how Minnesota Lions team up to address issues such as erosion and hunger in their community. You can watch the entire April Lions Quarterly on the Lions News Network.

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LCIF Awards Disaster Relief Grants, May 2015

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When natural disasters strike, Lions are there to offer help and support. In times of need, Lions are able to rely on disaster relief grants and funds from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF). Emergency Grants provide up to US$10,000 for districts impacted by a natural disaster that has affected at least 100 people, including tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and tsunamis. In May 2015, LCIF provided 6 emergency and disaster relief grants totaling US$55,000.

These grants are addressing immediate needs in:

El Salvador, District D-2CIMG6566crop
$5,000 for tidal wave relief

Honduras, District D-6
$10,000 for tidal wave relief

Tanzania, District 411-B
$10,000 for tornado relief

Texas, USA, District 2-S3
$10,000 for flood relief

Mexico, District B-3
$10,000 for tornado relief

Texas, USA, District 2-S2
$10,000 for flood relief

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Today is Helen Keller Day

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“I appeal to you Lions, you who have your sight, your hearing, you who are strong and brave and kind. Will you not constitute yourselves Knights of the Blind in this crusade against darkness,” Helen Keller addressed to the Lions at the International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, in 1925. The video above is a reenactment of her speech from the 1925 convention.

Helen Keller was born in 1880, in Tuscumbia, Alabama. At 18 months of age, she developed a fever that left her both deaf and blind. With the help of her teacher, Anne Sullivan, Helen learned to use sign language and read braille. A few years later, she learned to speak.

In 1915, Helen Keller founded the American Foundation for Overseas Blind, Inc, (known today as Helen Keller International) which helped blind World War I veterans adjust to their loss of vision.  Throughout much of her adult life, Helen Keller was an advocate for helping people with disabilities.

In 1971, the Lions Clubs International Board of Directors established that June 1st would forever be recognized as Helen Keller Day.

What sight-related project is your club organizing to celebrate Helen Keller Day?

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Preston’s Blog: Lions on a Boat

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Joni and I departed from Germany yesterday, but are still reminiscing of the sights we saw and the people we met. While we were there, we attended “Lions Boat Night,” a fundraiser dinner put on by the Lions of Germany. The boat set sail at sunset. During our excursion through the waterways of Berlin, we chartered a new Leo Club. The evening with a spectacular fireworks display that was synchronized to Strengthen the Pride.

Traveling all across the globe has allowed me to meet so many wonderful members of the Lions family, and in a few weeks Lions from all over will be coming to Hawaii for our 98th International Convention. I am looking forward to seeing you all there! Let’s end this year strong and continue to Strengthen the Pride!

Be sure to follow me on Facebook to see more activities, projects and pictures from my trips around the world.

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Video: Relieving Hunger in South Africa

Monday, December 23, 2013

As December and January’s Relieving the Hunger Global Service Action campaign continues, we’re sharing another video from our Lions Quarterly (LQ) archives. The video above features Lions in…

Video: Lions in Kenya Plant Trees

Monday, December 16, 2013

The “water towers” of Kenya refer to the mountains and forests that capture rain water and snow, which help provide water to local communities during dry months. However,…

Video: Feeding Kids Through Bag-A-Burger

Monday, December 9, 2013

Here’s a video from our Lions Quarterly (LQ) Archives that shows how Lions in South Africa fed hungry children, while also teaching them about the environment, through their…

Help Share #MatteosDream!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Park for Children of All Abilities René Henderson and Liz Lamach of Concord, Calif., have a reason to smile during a difficult time. An inclusive playground for children…