Skills for Action

Skills for Action (SFC) students learn to communicate effectively, analyze and solve problems, set and achieve goals, work successfully as part of a team, and resolve conflict peacefully. Students also develop the means to resist negative peer pressure, make healthy choices, and understand and appreciate diversity in the classroom, school, and broader community. Re-designed in 2009, curriculum changes include updated research, resources and rationale. The SFC kit has new photos and graphics, and is organized into four books - Teacher Resource Guide, Curriculum Manual, Advisory Team Handbook, and Skills Bank. The Skills Bank opens with a chapter describing how it can be used as a stand-alone social and emotional learning and life skills program. A one-day workshop - Social, Emotional and Workplace Skills for Success in School and Life - supports stand-alone Skills Bank implementation.

Lions Quest Exploring the Issues: Teens-Alcohol and Other Drugs is a 15-session mini- curriculum designed to help students gain the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors necessary to be healthy and drug-free individuals. Students research the issues and carry out service projects in their schools and communities, sharing with others what they have learned.

To best serve a broad range of school settings, SFC may be implemented as a one semester course, a one year course, or a multi-year course that is repeated as a service-learning educational methodology for subsequent classes incorporating service-learning into their content areas. It can be integrated into academic or other subject areas such as language arts, health and personal development, social studies, career preparation and family and consumer sciences. As a separate course, the one semester to one year option entails daily implementation with 33 sessions (equal to 70 class periods), appropriate skills from the Skills Bank, and activities from the Making a Difference student magazine. Visit Program Resources to view a variety of curriculum maps.

Implementation Models

Sample Lessons

Grade 9-12 Products

SFC Skills Bank

A highly flexible component of the program, the Skills Bank contains four broad categories of essential skills for life: Cultural Awareness, Interpersonal Communication, Personal Management and Responsibility, and Study and Writing Skills. Each category is comprised of five to nine skills for a total of 26 skill sets. Skill lessons are divided into an introductory rationale, guidelines, and multiple application options:

  • Teach options which introduce students to the new skills
  • Reinforce options deepen the students understanding of the skills
  • Enrich options help students integrate the skills into their lives

Implementation Models

Lions Quest Spotlight!
The Arkansas Lions have partnered with the Arkansas Service Commission (ASC) to bring Lions Quest to schools across the state! A steering committee comprised of Lions, the Arkansas Learn & Serve Coordinator, two ASC members and one Department of Education representative, have developed an action plan with a timeline of June 2011 through August 2013. Funding from the Arkansas Lions Foundation, Lions Clubs International Foundation, and anticipated county drug education funds will provide staff development workshops, classroom curricula and student materials. The first teacher workshop was held in Fayetteville on June 27, 2011. The ASC anticipates that more than 3,000 middle and high school youth will participate in Lions Quest as a result of this partnership.

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