is a social and emotional learning program for Foundation to Year 8.
Lions Quest offers a comprehensive Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) program that supports the development of happy, healthy and resilient young people who are caring and engaged members of their families, schools, and communities. The curriculum materials span nine-year levels (Foundation to Year 8) with a Teacher Resource Guide, Program Guide and student and parent materials at each level.
The social and emotional wellbeing of students and teachers has never been more important than it is now.
Skills for Growing (Foundation to Year 5) and Skills for Adolescence (Years 6 to 8) have been aligned to the Australian Curriculum. They have strong links to strands, sub-strands and key ideas in the Health and Physical Education and Humanities and Social Sciences learning areas and the Personal and Social arena of the cross-curricular General Capabilities.
Benefits for schools and teachers
Easy to implement lessons to develop personal and social capability
FREE student materials on USB
Strong evidence base
Mapped to the Australian Curriculum
Additional resources on website
New Online Teacher Training
* Now available virtually, our online training means teachers located anywhere in Australia can participate.
* Participants view an on-demand webinar and complete a short lesson review activity prior to attending the 2-hour virtual training.
* Each training session is limited to 20 participants and the $225 fee includes a curriculum resource package for one year level.
* Your local Lions Club may be willing to sponsor your participation.
“Great links to the curriculum and fabulous ideas that are easy to implement. A HPE teacher’s dream.”
Amy Kramer HPE Teacher, Qld
“Thank you. I really enjoyed the presentation. The resources are of excellent quality and the organisation is very professional.”
November 2021 online training participant, SA
Watch our Lions Quest webinar
If you would like further insight into the Lions Quest SEL curriculum and what makes it a fabulous classroom resource, please click the arrow on the slide to access the video.
Teachers who register for our online teacher training are asked to view this webinar as a pre-workshop task. Click the video image to gain access to this resource.
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Here is an opportunity to learn more about LCIF’s major youth project and the benefits it offers to young people, schools and Clubs. Click the arrow on the slide to access the video.
At just 15 minutes in length, it’s also a great idea for a Club presentation. Let us know if you’d like to use it this way, and we’ll send you some supporting information.
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What teachers have said about Lions Quest Training
This is a very useful and practical program that I will incorporate into my classroom.
(Port Macquarie primary school teacher)
It was immensely useful to see the structure of a comprehensive SEL program, and how to explicitly teach SE skills.
(Adelaide middle school teacher)
I like the quality of the resources and how simple they would be to implement.
(Cairns HS teacher)
A very worthwhile program. Excellent planning guide. I’m excited! (Casino primary school teacher)
Great links to the curriculum and fabulous ideas that are easy to implement. A HPE teacher’s dream! (
Roma HPE teacher)
Engaging and inspiring PD. Thank you!
(Mount Gambia primary school teacher)
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Discover More About Lions Quest
Lions Quest Skills for Growing and Skills for Adolescence programs offer a classroom and whole-school approach to social and emotional wellbeing. In line with current research on making learning engaging, challenging and meaningful, while developing social and emotional skills and nurturing student wellbeing (Durlak, Weissberg, Dymnicki, Taylor, & Schellinger, 20111.), Lions Quest programs empower teachers to:
- build relationship-centred learning communities with high expectations for behaviour
- use experiential learning approaches that include inclusive and interactive strategies
- include reflection as an integral part of the learning process
- create partnerships with parents and community members to promote personal and social responsibility in young people.
Skills for Growing
(Foundation to Year 5)
In addition to their responsibility for the intellectual development of their students, teachers and schools respond to an expectation to foster caring, responsibility, resilience, respect for others and healthy behaviours. That’s a demanding and vital role!
Skills for Adolescence
(Years 6 to 8)
Schools don’t have to make a choice between fostering their students’ academic learning and nurturing their wellbeing. Lions Quest Skills for Growing and Skills for Adolescence help create the kind of classroom environment essential for academic success and social and emotional wellbeing.
Helping create resilient young people
Lions Quest includes teacher training with comprehensive printed and digital resources
Teacher Training – now online
We are excited to announce that training for our award-winning programs is now available virtually, allowing you to attend our training regardless of your location.
This experience will provide an overview of Social and Emotional Learning and its research, how to teach Lions Quest in a classroom, as well as instructional and implementation strategies. Participants will be required to watch an on-demand webinar and complete a lesson review activity prior to attending the 2-hour virtual training on Zoom.
Nine grade-specific packs with a Teacher’s Resource Guide (Foundation to Year 8) covering six-unit topics:
- A Positive Learning Community
- Personal Development
- Social Development
- Health, Safety, and Wellbeing
- Leadership and Service
- Reflection and Closure
Universal Program Guide:
- Introduction to the Lions Quest programs
- Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
- Successful Implementation
- Lions Quest and the Australian Curriculum
- Instructional Strategies
‘Digital resources (USB)
‘Classroom Lesson’ Resources
- Slides: thumbnails shown in lesson outlines (Teacher Resource Guide)
- Family Connection: take-home worksheets – referred to in each lesson
- Student Journal – worksheets to accompany each lesson
‘Families as Partners Resources
- Parent Meeting Guide – outlines for Skills for Growing and Skills for Adolescence parent meetings
- Letters and Handouts for meetings
- Slides for meetings
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About the Lions Quest Teacher Accreditation Workshops
The traditional Lions Quest one-day teacher accreditation workshops have been placed on hold during the current climate of lockdowns and border closures.
On a positive note, this has given us the opportunity to share ideas with our colleagues in North America and Europe in a quest to develop and offer ONLINE teacher training. Our aim was to provide an affordable and convenient best-practice solution to classroom and school-wide SEL needs.
Along with the award-winning classroom curriculum, the pre-workshop assignments (including a 40-minute on-demand webinar) and 2-hour interactive training module equip teachers to explicitly teach vital social and emotional skills and nurture the wellbeing of their students.
During the workshop, participants
- Reflect on a relationship-centred classroom as the context for social and emotional learning
- Consider SEL research, the CASEL model and the Australian curriculum
- Explore Lions Quest elements as ideal content for SEL
- Plan for Lions Quest implementation
After spending some time planning classroom or schoolwide implementation, participants complete the training module with a clear idea of what they will do first.
Why is it necessary to attend a workshop in order to buy the resources?
The provision of teacher training is regarded as best practise in the SEL arena.
“CASEL SELect programs* are well-designed classroom-based programs that target all five areas of social and emotional competence, provide opportunities for practice, and offer multi-year programming; offer training and other implementation support, including initial training and ongoing support to ensure high-quality implementation; and are evidence-based with at least one carefully conducted evaluation that included a comparison group and pre and post measures that documented a positive impact on academic performance or other important student behaviors … “ (Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning [CASEL] 20133.)
* Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence is a CASEL SELect program.
How much does it cost to attend a workshop?
The introductory online training fee of $225 covers one (single year-level) curriculum pack, pre-workshop assignments, the 2-hour Zoom module and training notes.
The cost of a year-level curriculum pack is $99.
What about funding assistance?
We encourage schools to approach their local Lions Club and request assistance with meeting the cost of teacher training, and we provide a sample letter for this.
Sometimes Lions Clubs International Foundation grant funds reduce the cost of teacher training in a particular area.
Please contact us for further details about Lions Quest one-day accreditation workshops.
3. Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). 2013 CASEL Guide: effective social and emotional learning programs, p16.
Lions Quest Research and Evidence Base
The growing number of social and emotional learning programs available for classroom or whole-school implementation makes the decision about which program to use a difficult one for school leaders. We trust that Lions Quest’s sound evidence base, research proving effective outcomes, links with the Australian Curriculum, user-friendly curriculum materials and engaging, interactive teacher professional development will help make this decision an easier one.
The Lions Quest programs are based on over twenty years of research on pedagogy and content (for example Peter Benson’s Developmental Assets Framework – 1989 1.; the work of Richard Catalano, David Hawkins and colleagues on risk and protective factors – 1996 2.; the resilience research of Emmy Werner and Ruth Smith – 1992 3. and Ann Masten’s more recent 2001 work in synthesising the resiliency research 4.). There is also a growing number of studies (see below) clearly demonstrating that when implemented with fidelity, Lions Quest programs are not only evidence-based, but have also been proven effective.
Lions Quest and Lions Clubs International Foundation’s support for children and young people have been recognised by US-based and international organisations and our research-based programs and high quality teacher professional development receive consistently positive feedback from schools and teachers.
- Effective Classroom Management Strategies in the Lions Quest Classroom.
Eagle Mountain-Saginaw School District, Texas. AIR Final Report, October 2016 – Download
- Lions Quest Skills for Growing: Implementation and Outcome Study in Wood County, West Virginia.
AIR Final Report by Yael Kidron, Mark Garibaldi, Emily Anderson, and David Osher. December 2015 – Download
- Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence: Implementation and Outcome Study in Wood County, West Virginia.
AIR Final Report by Yael Kidron, Mark Garibaldi, and David Osher. January 2016 – Download
- Study Brief: The Effects of Three Lions Quest Programs on Students’ Behaviors and Prosocial Attitudes by Yael Kidron, Mark Garibaldi, and David Osher.2015 – Download
- Evaluation of Project SAVE for LA Webber High School, Lyndonville, New York (Skills for Adolescence and Skills for Action) by Dr. Richard Bradley and Dr. Molly Laird, July 2009 – Download
- Brandon University (Canada) Study of Skills for Growing and Skills for Adolescence,
December 2003 –Download
- Evaluation of the Lions-Quest Skills for Adolescence Program: Second-year behavior outcomes. Addictive Behaviors 28 (2003) Eisen, M., Zellman, G., & Murray, D. Download
- Search Institute – Developmental Assets Framework http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/40_Developmental_Assets_Search_Institute.pdf
- Catalano, R.F. & Hawkins, J.D. (1996). The social development model: A theory of antisocial behavior. Chapter 4 In Hawkins J.D. Delinquency and Crime: Current Theories. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (pp 149-197)
- Werner, E. & Smith R.S. (1992). Overcoming the Odds: High Risk Children from Birth to Adulthood. Cornell University Press
- Masten, A.S. (2001) Ordinary Magic: Resilience Processes in Development. American Psychologist, March 2001.
Information for Lions Clubs wishing to support schools
LCIF, Lions Quest and YOUR Club …
In 1984, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) gave its first grant to Quest International to help expand the Quest program, forming the Lions Quest partnership. From that point, support of Lions Quest became a focus of LCIF’s service to young people throughout the world. For the next eighteen years, LCIF supported Quest at the organisational level through grants and technical collaboration, and at the local level through Lions Club involvement in community implementation of the program in schools.
LCIF took formal ownership of Lions Quest on September 30, 2002. To date, LCIF has awarded more than 360 grants for a cumulative total of more than $20 million to expand or establish Lions Quest programs throughout the world. Since that time, the program has grown to include 40+ languages in over 100 countries. The programs have been implemented in Australia since 1988 when Skills for Adolescence was piloted in NSW secondary schools. The Australian edition of the updated F-8 curriculum was made available in 2017.
Lions have been key to the success and expansion of Lions Quest, supporting the program through local funding, coordinating teacher training, speaking to young people, and undertaking joint service projects with schools.
Click here to download our guide detailing how your Lions Club can become involved.
What schools are saying about Lions Quest
It is fantastic that Lions Quest desire all young people to achieve their potential, and recognise that potential is defined by more than academic achievement – their social and emotional learning is a critical element of their education. Providing workshops and resources like this is necessary and honourable – keep it up!
The workshop was well-organised and presented enabling me to truly unpack the contents in several practical ways. The presenter was passionate about her work and provided a strong role model for lesson delivery.
Year 4 students starting off the school year with Skills for Growing!
Bek Brown, Director of Wellbeing, Hills Christian Community School, SA explains how Lions Quest is being used at their school…
There are so many SEL programs out there that are targeted for schools that it can feel overwhelming and very difficult to pick one. I was searching for a program that would teach students explicit social and emotional skills, while still being engaging and fun.
After going to the Lions Quest training day in September, I was confident that I had found such a program for our school. The curriculum is extremely user-friendly and educators have commented to me that “it is the best SEL program they have come across” and that their students are really enjoying it.
I particularly like the take home worksheets to help families build on what their children are learning in Lions Quest lessons at school. There is no doubt that we need to equip students for life beyond the classroom and Lions Quest – Skills for Growing and Skills for Adolescence help to do just that.”
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How can you get started with Lions Quest?
Download a lesson sampler so you can experience this great program.
If you are a Lions Club offer to sponsor local teachers to attend teacher training / purchase year packs
If you are a school contact your local Lions Club to seek support a teacher/s attend our online training
Contact the Lions Quest team to discuss getting the program into your local schools
Recommend this resource to young people you know or work with
Contact the Lions Quest Team
If you have any questions about Lions Quest please contact the team, they’d be happy to help.
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