Lions Quest: Skills for Adolescence

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Program description

Lion’s Quest: Skills for Adolescence, offered by Lions Club International, provides a lesson-based approach to SEL. It includes programming for grades 5-8 and demonstrates evidence of effectiveness at grades 5-7. Programming for grades K-4 are available in the companion program, Lion’s Quest: Skills for Growing. Translated materials for Lion’s Quest: Skills for Adolescence are available in 46 languages, including Spanish, French, Mandarin, and Arabic.

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      • SEL lessons
      • Instructional practices
      • Relationship building
      • Positive classroom management
      • SEL generalization
      • Shared agreements
      • Student voice
      • Systemic support for SEL
      • Adult SEL
      • Group structures
      • Student Voice
      • Service-learning
      • Community partnerships
      • Family Intervention Component
      • School Involvement
      • Activities and Resources for Home
    • Onsite in-person training
    • Virtual training
    • Offsite training
    • Train the trainer model
    • Administrator support
    • Coaching
    • Technical assistance
    • Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
    • Online resource library
    • Self-report tools for monitoring implementation
    • Observational tools
    • Tools for measuring student success

Evidence of effectiveness

Results from a randomized controlled trial (RCT) conducted in the 1996–1997 school year (published in 2003) supported the effectiveness of Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence for middle school students. This evaluation took place in metropolitan areas in the Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, and West US and included 5,671 students in grade 6 (Latinx = 34%, white = 26%, Black = 18%). This evaluation found that students who participated in the program self-reported lower levels of drug and alcohol use compared to students in the comparison group (outcomes reported 12 months after baseline while controlling for outcome pretest). These effects persisted the following year (12 months after post-test and 24 months after pre-test); students who participated in the program were less likely to have engaged in self-reported drug and alcohol use compared to students in the comparison group.

Results from a quasi-experimental evaluation published in 2007 supported the effectiveness of Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence for middle school students. This evaluation included 716 Norwegian students in grades 5 to 7 (White = 100%). This evaluation found that students who participated in the program self-reported more positive substance use self-efficacy, and more positive perceptions of their own social skills and increased levels of school engagement (outcomes reported two years after baseline while controlling for outcome pretest). Students who participated in the program also self-reported lower levels of drug and alcohol use (outcomes reported two years after baseline).

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  • Evidence shown in grades
    5, 6, 7
    School characteristics
      • Urban
      • Northeast
      • Southeast
      • Midwest
      • West
      • Non-US location
    Student characteristics
    • Black / African American
    • Hispanic / Latinx
    • White
    Percentage Low Income
    • Not Specified
    • Improved academic performance
    • Reduced emotional distress
    • Improved identity development and agency
    • Reduced problem behaviors
    • Improved school climate
    • Improved school connectedness
    • Improved social behaviors
    • Improved teaching practices
    • Improved other SEL skills and attitiudes

How does Lions Quest support SEL implementation across multiple settings?

“Lions Quest offers curriculum and supplemental material, and professional development, to help build connections between the home, school, and community. Program resources include service-learning units, guides for family meetings, and supplemental activities to assist educators in building skills beyond the lesson. ”

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References

  • Accepted by CASEL
  • Eisen, M., Zellman, G. L., & Murray, D. M. (2003). Evaluating the Lions-Quest “Skills for Adolescence” drug education program: Second-year behavior outcomes. Addictive behaviors, 28(5), 883-897.

  • Malmin, G. (2007). It Is My Choice (Lions Quest) evaluation part 5 of the report: The impact on the behavior of the students. Unpublished evaluation report.

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