Skills for Action: Grades 9-12

Skills for Action (SFC) is the high school component of Lions Quest programs. The innovative and flexible curriculum moves beyond the classroom to foster civic responsibility and build essential social, emotional, academic and workplace skills. Community and school-based service-learning experiences provide students with the knowledge and essential life skills to make positive contributions at home, at school, in the community, and in the workplace.

High school is the critical transition period when students prepare for success in college, career, and life. 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.

The Curriculum Manual teaches personal and social responsibility in the context of implementing high quality service-learning experiences to build leadership skills and provide real-world learning experiences. In addition, a supplemental drug prevention unit, Exploring the Issues: Teens-Alcohol and Other Drugs, fosters the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors necessary to be healthy and drug-free individuals.

The full range of social and emotional competencies are explicitly taught through the Skills Bank, a supplement to the Curriculum Manual and a stand-alone program that teaches and reinforces 26 skill sets through 160 concise learning activities in cultural awareness, interpersonal communication, personal management and responsibility, and study and writing skills. These skills are widely recognized as essential skills for college and career readiness.

Skills for Action (SFC) is based on highly targeted research of older adolescents in grades 9 - 12 and incorporates unique features that prepare them for success in school and life now and in the future:

  • Integrated learning: Primary focus on teaching 21st century social, emotional, and workplace skills with targeted learning in drug and bullying prevention, character development, and service-learning - all in one approach
  • Curriculum manuals with flexible implementation models: Curriculum Manual of 33 lessons and Skills Bank of 160 learning activities that can be taught separately or together in one semester, 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-year models
  • Scripted lesson plans: Easy-to-use, interactive, developmentally appropriate lessons that are easily integrated into the existing high school curriculum
  • Skill practice. Multiple opportunities to practice skills in each lesson
  • Project-based learning and leadership activities: Lessons build leadership, personal and civic responsibility, and engagement in the real world
  • Academic integration: Learning activities and instructional practices that support Common Core, Social Studies, and Health with curriculum maps and correlation guides
  • Student Supports: Correlation guide available to guide use of the program with Response to Intervention (RTI) Tier 1 and Tier 2
  • Family and community engagement: Parent and community involvement with program implementation, service-learning projects and as intergenerational mentors for career exploration
  • Onsite and online professional learning opportunities: Onsite and online workshops, technical assistance, toll-free phone support, and ongoing curriculum and resources updates


Skills for Action is designed for maximum flexibility for the demands of todays' high schools. The Curriculum Manual includes 33 lessons that can be condensed into a one-semester course, or expanded into a full-year course at one lesson per week. The Skills Bank can be implemented as 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-year courses with a minimum of one lesson per week or may be integrated into existing subject areas. The Curriculum Manual and Skills Bank may be combined as one course or offered as stand-alone programs. Four additional bullying prevention lessons are available on the Lions Quest website.

Structures for the program include:

  • Separate Course
  • Integrated into English, Social Studies, Health, or Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Student Advisory
  • Student Leadership
  • Service-Learning Program.
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Freshman seminar or Freshman Transition

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Rutland, VT, teacher end-of-year survey results: 94% feel the teacher workshop prepared them to implement the curriculum; 100% reported that Lions Quest lessons & strategies were user friendly; 79% believe Lions Quest enhanced their core curriculum; 79% claim students showed increased respect for & acceptance of others; 65% saw an increase in students participating actively in the classroom or school; 62% experienced reduced disruptive behavior.

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