Last week, the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) held its 58th Session in Vienna, focused on the issue of drug use among youth worldwide. The CND meeting is the largest anti-drug event on the UN’s calendar. Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) staff was on hand to discuss how Lions Quest has been proven a successful tool in addressing this problem around the world.
During the “Innovations in Youth Drug Prevention” seminar, Lions Quest was recognized alongside a number of other leading programs. Michael Botticelli, Director of the US Office National Drug Control Policy, listed Lions Quest among the programs known to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors that help prevent drug use among young people. LCIF staff presented the results of different studies that show that Lions Quest has successfully reduced alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use in multiple countries, including the US, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, Japan and Czech Republic.
A panel discussion about “The Role of School-Based Social Emotional Skill-Building in Youth Prevention” highlighted the effective collaboration between LCIF and the UNODC in Serbia. Gilberto Gerra, Chief of the UN’s Office of Drug Control (UNODC) Drug Prevention and Health Branch, congratulated LCIF for sponsoring an evidence-based program that has proven successful in so many countries.
At a separate panel discussion, leading experts presented results of a cost-benefit analysis of various drug use prevention programs. That analysis shows that every US$1 invested in Lions Quest’s Skills for Adolescence saves more than US$5 in future costs.
Lions Quest programs are active in more than 90 countries, impacting 13 million youth all over the world. As more and more governments and NGOs take notice of the program’s accomplishments, LCIF continues to find new partners to help expand the program. A newly revised curriculum will be available soon.
If it weren’t for a Lions vision screening at her local elementary school, Brianna Leitten might not be here today. After receiving an irregular result from the Lions, she went in for further testing and discovered a cancerous tumor in her eye. The Lions saved Brianna’s life –and now she is telling her story!
On March 7, 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, 7-year-old Brianna Leitten spoke to over 500 Lions and UN leaders who were gathered for the 37th annual Lions Day with the United Nations. There, she was on a panel with her mother and Lion Mike Bartle discussing the importance of vision screenings.
Watch the videos below of Brianna speaking on Good Day Rochester as she continues to spread the word about vision screenings!
Since its beginning, Lions Clubs International has been dedicated to benefiting the lives of the world’s most vulnerable populations. And there’s no more vulnerable group in our community than children. That’s why, this May 16-22, we’re kicking off the Lions Worldwide Week of Service to help positively impact the lives of youth in our communities and around the world.
This year, International President Joe Preston has made serving children in need one of our international service goals, so consider hosting a project benefiting youth in your community. From organizing a book drive to remodeling a playground, there are countless ways to get involved. It’s easy. Just visit the Lions Worldwide Week of Service webpage to download the club brochure and start planning your project today.
No matter how you choose to participate, you’ll qualify for a Centennial Service Challenge banner patch when you report your service project benefiting Youth, Vision, Hunger or the Environment on the MyLCI Service Activity Report! And remember to bring your cameras, because we’ll be sharing our favorite Worldwide Week of Service photos on the LCI Facebook page. Just use the hashtag #Lions100 when you share your images on social media.
Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the special Centennial moment. Start planning your projects today!
Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) proudly partners with corporations, foundations and many other organizations and governments that share our dedication to improving lives. Working with partners to leverage our shared resources allows LCIF and Lions to have a greater impact around the world.
In keeping with that humanitarian spirit, LCIF is now in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on a pilot project in Serbia. The UNODC has a global drug prevention program (known as GLO-K01) that includes creating and sharing drug prevention guidelines, as well as conducting family- and school-based prevention training. That’s where LCIF comes in! Lions Quest is the UNODC’s first school-based prevention partner.
As the first private/NGO funder of the project, LCIF awarded US$100,000 to begin the collaboration in Serbia, which is currently underway. To date, more than 75 teachers have been trained to implement the program with more than 1,300 students. The project is important not only to Lions Quest but also to the global drug prevention community. Lions know that Lions Quest curriculum builds pro-social skills to enhance drug prevention among youth. This project in Serbia is an opportunity to show the world the impact local volunteers can have when they team up with Lions Quest. The program has been so successful that, in January, the Lions Quest Advisory Committee approved $250,000 in additional funding to expand the program to neighboring countries.
Remember, the success of Lions Quest depends on the commitment of Lions to support their local programs. Click here to learn how all Lions can support Lions Quest locally, and look for updates on the UNODC project in coming months!
Over 50 Leo clubs in Sri Lanka have participated in the Leo Hunger Ride Challenge, organized by the Marawila Chilaw Marians Leo Club. As part of the challenge, Leo clubs distribute homemade lunches to victims of hunger in their communities and generate awareness by challenging other Leo clubs to participate. The goal of the project is to serve 100,000 people suffering from hunger around the world. So far, Leo clubs have served approximately 20,000 through the campaign.
Leos around the world can participate in the challenge. Be sure to use the name “Leo Hunger Ride Challenge” in your own campaigns and share your nomination videos on the Leo Hunger Ride Challenge Facebook page.
See the campaign in action with this nomination video from the University of Moratuwa Leos.
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