FOLLANSBEE - More than 50 law enforcement officers working in schools across West Virginia will meet for a Lions Quest workshop today and Tuesday.
Each officer will receive training to implement the Lions Quest program, a social and emotional learning program developed for youth. Funding for the training is provided through a Lions Clubs International Foundation grant.
The workshop is being sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services, with members from local Lions clubs on hand during the event.
"Today's children are the leaders and citizens of tomorrow," said Sandy Parker, regional Lions Quest chair. "All of us who care about children must help them become the best they can be."
Lions Quest has three different programs that provide students in grades kindergarten through 12th with positive youth development. The comprehensive programs bring together parents, educators and community leaders to teach children important life skills within a caring and consistent environment.
This includes developing skills needed for self-discipline, responsibility, good judgment, conflict resolution and the ability to get along with others.
As a curriculum-based program, Lions Quest provides detailed lesson plans and classroom materials. All lessons are designed to complement the standard curriculum, offering a variety of ways to teach and reinforce social and academic skills.
Lions Quest also emphasizes service-learning; students learn leadership skills by organizing and carrying out school and community service projects. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, students who are involved in helping out in the community are happier at home, less likely to use alcohol or other drugs, and more successful in, and committed to school.
The Lions Quest programs are among the most widely used positive youth development and prevention programs in the world.
Lions Quest programs have received the Select Program designation from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning for outstanding life skills education, rigorous evaluation and high quality professional development.
In addition, the sixth- through eighth-grade Skills for Adolescence curricula has received the Model Program award from the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.