U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
In 1997, SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP)
created the Model Programs Initiative. More than 1,100 programs
were reviewed and more than 150 were designated as Model,
Effective, or Promising Programs under this system. In 2002,
Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence received a "Model"
designation - their highest rating - due to its proven effectiveness
in reducing substance abuse by students, and the program's
promotion of protective factors such as interpersonal communication
skills, decision-making skills, resistance to negative pressure,
and reinforcing pro-social development. SAMHSA's rated programs
were listed on the National Registry of Effective Prevention
In 2004, SAMHSA started the process of expanding this system
to include interventions in mental health and substance abuse
prevention and treatment. The agency also began looking at
ways to improve the transparency, timeliness, and accuracy
of information in NREPP. Rating evidence at the outcome level,
rather than at the overall program level, was one critical
way to provide more transparent information to the public.
Launched in March 2007, SAMHSA's new registry--with its online
searchable database--is designed to serve as a more comprehensive
and interactive source of information than the previous system.
In addition to descriptive information on interventions, the
National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices
(NREPP) now provides ratings for individual outcomes targeted
by an intervention, rather than ratings of interventions overall.
Today, Skills for Adolescence remains on the NREPP
list as an evidence-based prevention program, rated for
Quality of Research and Readiness for Dissemination.
U.S. Department of Education - Safe, Disciplined and Drug-Free
Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence received a "Promising"
program rating from the U.S. Department of Education's Safe,
Disciplined and Drug-Free Schools expert panel. Reviews rated
this program highly for its clear goals and strong rationale.
It was noted that the skill-building activities connected
with research and clearly contributed to the attainment of
the stated goals. Program content and examples took into consideration
the diverse needs of students and content delivery took into
account multiple learning styles.
The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional
Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence and Skills for Action
are considered "Select SEL" programs
by CASEL - their highest rating - for meeting standards
of excellence in three areas: outstanding life skills
education, evidence of effectiveness, and exemplary
Penn State Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness
Funded by the Department of Defense and the U.S. Department
of Agriculture, Penn States Clearinghouse for
Military Family Readiness evaluates the effectiveness
of programs and practices designed for military families.
Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence was designated
as a Promising program. A summary
of the effectiveness can be found on their website.
Healthy Kids Resource Center (CHKRC)
CHKRC was created to encourage schools throughout California
to establish stimulating and effective health education programs.
While all programs available from the CHKRC are research-based,
a limited number of programs have demonstrated the level of
credible evidence of effectiveness that identifies them as
research-validated. Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence
has earned this identification.
Department of Education
The CDE maintains strict criteria for allowing programs to
appear on their Science-Based Programs list. Lions Quest Skills
for Adolescence was named to the list on the following
criteria: It has been determined effective by CHKRC and NREPP;
Prevents alcohol, tobacco or drug use; Prevents disruptive
behavior and violence; and Targets students in one or more
Character Education Partnership
The Character Education Partnership (CEP), a leading nonpartisan
coalition of groups dedicated to character and civic education,
has recognized Lions Quest curricula as "scientifically
supported programs that can improve school climates and positively
impact the development and learning of students."
Further, Lions Quest curricula address CEP's Eleven
Principles of Effective Character Education.
Communities that Care
Communities that Care (CTC) has singled out a number of programs,
including Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence (SFA),
as having an "Effective Approach" to prevention.
Effective Approaches are prevention strategies that have been
shown to be effective in reducing known risk factors and enhancing
protective factors for adolescent health and behavior problems
in high quality research studies. CTC acknowledged SFA's protective
factors in four categories - Peer and Individual, Family,
School, and Community, such as bonding between peers, assertiveness
and refusal skills, goal setting, self-discipline, stress
management, problem solving, and effective communication.
Drug Strategies, a non-profit research institute, included
all three Lions Quest programs in their publication, Making
the Grade: A Guide to School Drug Prevention Programs.
Skills for Growing received the highest rating in coverage
of awareness and resistance skills, while all programs received
"Good" ratings in personal and social skills. Noted
program strengths included emphasis on cooperative leaning,
strong community service components, addressing drug and violence
issues, and personal and social responsibility.
National Youth Leadership Council, National Service Learning
Services Works Retrospective Evaluation
These three organizations, which promote positive youth development
through service, have all recognized Lions Quest curricula
as "Highly Effective" service-learning programs.
Search Institute is a research institution that promotes an
asset-based approach to positive youth development. Lions
Quest programs have been recognized by the Search Institute
as research-based programs that effectively promote the development
of positive assets in youth, while discouraging negative risk
What Works Clearinghouse
Established by the U.S. Department of Education Institute
of Education Sciences, WWC is a central and trusted source
of scientific evidence for what works in education. Lions
for Adolescence was found to have potentially positive
effects on behavior. A summary including research, effectiveness
and references is included.
Ministries of Education in Numerous Countries Around