Social-emotional learning has been proven to decrease problem behaviors such as bullying and substance use and increase positive behavior patterns such as self-discipline and conflict resolution. Lions Quest is LCIF’s social-emotional learning program (SEL), and the Lions of Multiple District (MD) 107 in Finland have successfully implemented Lions Quest. The Finnish government has recognized MD 107’s program as a leader in educational curricula for children, and the Ministry of Education and Culture even awarded MD 107 a grant to conduct teacher training workshops.
Local Lions’ involvement is key to Lions Quest’s success, and over the last 20 years Finnish Lions have raised more than US$6 million to support and grow Lions Quest. Since the first workshop in 1991, more than 16,000 teachers have been trained to implement the program in Finland. Eight certified trainers host teacher training workshops throughout the country. Teachers are trained to work in multicultural classrooms, focusing on diversity and addressing the educational needs of refugee children.
Finnish Lions have expanded Lions Quest beyond the traditional classrooms to focus on youth sports. Trained in much the same way teachers are, coaches encourage good sportsmanship, teamwork and conflict resolution.
Understanding that the needs of today’s students are ever-changing, the Lions also created a guide to Internet safety and cyber-bullying prevention. “Responsibility is Mine” teaches children not only how to keep themselves safe online but also discourages them from hurting others.
Taking the program even further, Finnish Lions have become global leaders in the research of SEL. In collaboration with the University of Helsinki, MD 107 conducted a study that showed that Lions Quest training is effective at building teachers’ ability to develop social and emotional skills in their students. This research was published in the European Journal of Social and Behavioural Sciences.
Lions leaders in Finland work with local Lions on Lions Quest, serving as an example of what can be achieved when Lions are committed to a goal.
This article originally appeared in the May 2016 issue of LION Magazine.
Lions and LCIF have greatly contributed to reducing the global burden of measles and rubella, but there is still work to close the remaining gap. There are more than 20 million children worldwide who have not yet received vaccination against measles and even more who have not received vaccination against rubella. Donate today and together we can reach out to help close this gap.
April is Leo Club Awareness Month! To celebrate and recognize Leo clubs, the Lions Blog will feature stories about Leo service projects around the world. Today’s story features the Penang City Leo Club in Malaysia. This Omega Leo Club was sponsored by Penang Host Lions Club over 30 years ago!
Each month, the Penang City Leo Club prepares and distributes food and drinking water to 50 homeless people. The Leos’ sponsoring Lions club (Penang Host Lions Club) finances the project.
“We intend to create awareness to the public to concern our society and people around us especially those are marginalized and neglected. Not everyone is lucky to be born into a stable home.We want homeless people feel that they are a part of our society. We share our project on social media, such as Facebook, every month and sometimes it gets people’s attention to chip in sponsorship for food.”
The Leo Club Program gives young people the opportunity to serve their communities, develop leadership skills, make new friends and have fun! Learn more about the Leo Club Program and find out how to start a Leo club in your community.
Every child should be vaccinated against measles and rubella, but progress on eliminating these diseases has stalled. Everyone should play a role in closing this gap – governments, health workers, parents, civil society and international organizations. The World Health Organization (WHO) is promoting the importance of immunization for all throughout life.
Watch this video to see how Lions are taking a stand against measles.
Lions have been planting trees to help save the environment since the organization’s earliest days. But in 2011 International President Wing-Kun Tam of Hong Kong, China, challenged the association to join in the effort as never before by asking Lions to plant 1 million trees within one year. “We want to wrap the earth in greenery,” Tam told members in LION Magazine.
Lions, known for going above and beyond expectations when presented with a challenge, took Tam’s goal and blew it sky high.
Multiple District 324 in Southern India played a large role in the initiative’s success. On August 25, 2011, more than 100,000 Lions from 2,855 clubs coordinated with local governments, schools, police, family and friends to plant 3.4 million trees in just 12 hours—a world record. In total, from July 2011 to June 2012, Lions worldwide planted 15 million trees.
The challenge helped address a critical environmental problem. Due to human activity, the Earth’s forests have been disappearing at alarming rates, especially since 1980. Deforestation impacts the whole planet. Converting carbon dioxide to oxygen, trees provide fresh air and stabilize many ecosystems. At the same time, they give shade from the sun, provide a livelihood for millions and beautify the landscape. Trees are the breath of life.
Lions’ monumental effort took much preparation. In fact, Multiple District 324 had been planning the event ever since hearing then-Second Vice President Tam mention the idea at Lions Day at the United Nations in 2009. The Lions of Southern India took time to identify locations—such as school campuses, private farms, major roads and protected forests—where trees were needed and worked with the Indian government to obtain some of the saplings for free.
India’s Lions put just as much effort into what would happen to the young trees after the big event. For about two years, the saplings would need to be cared for by volunteers. In many cases, the Lions turned to the students who had assisted in planting the trees for help. For example, students in a village near Hyderabad took charge of 1,450 saplings, making sure the trees had enough water and care to thrive. In return, the youth received an education in ecology and experienced the joy of watching their trees grow.
Lions in India helped take Tam’s tree planting to new heights in 2011. By sharing the excitement of helping the environment with the next generation, they also planted seeds of stewardship and volunteerism that will grow for years to come.
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