Lions Club launches quest program

POSTED: 02/14/13 12:29 PM

St. Maarten – This coming Monday and Tuesday, the Lions Club will be launching its “Lions Quest Program” whereby 72 teachers, leaders involved in after school programs and those working with children homes and community centers will attend specially designed workshops.

Lions Quest International Trainer, Penny Willis, will be coming over from the U.S. to give the two-day workshops which will be held at the Carl & Sons Convention Hall in Cole Bay.

On Monday and Tuesday during the morning sessions, which starts from 8 a.m. till 12 noon, all those involved in the after school programs and after school community program as well as those involved with children’s homes will be trained and on the same days during the afternoon sessions the teachers of the public schools will receive their training.

Lions Quest is a life skills and prevention program of the Lions Clubs International Foundation, implemented in more than 70 countries throughout the world.

For more than 25 years, Lions Quest has trained more than 500.000 educators and the program has benefited some 12 million youths.

Lions Quest Programs are: Skills for Growing for ages 4- 10, Skills for Adolescence ages 11 – 14 and Skills for Action for ages 15 – 18.

The workshops will deal with the program “Skills for Growing” Kindergarten to 5th grade, and will also be the pilot program as the Lions intend to later introduce the other two skills for participants such as sports managers, coaches and other leaders who deal with the youths.

The Lions have ordered specially designed Lions Quest material to train the participants to the two workshops in teaching children the following skills: learning to accept responsibility, communicating effectively, setting goals, making healthy decisions and resisting pressure such as drugs, bullying etc.

The program further focuses on: social and emotional learning, drug and bullying prevention, character education and service learning.
It also provides the sources for inviting faculty, families and communities into the process and in particular strengthens community and parental involvement.

The six units provide: building a school community, growing as a group, making positive decisions, setting goals for service, growing up drug free and celebrating you and me.

All participants to the workshops will receive the necessary material which they will continue to work with.

The interest for the two day workshops is beyond expectations as many teachers and afterschool program leaders have signed up.

The program and workshops have been endorsed by Minister of Education Sylveria Jacobs.

The Lions Club is very proud to be offering this specially designed program to those who on a daily basis are involved in assisting our youths to develop better moral, social and educational skills on St. Maarten

All expenses for the workshops and materials are being covered by the Lions Club.

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