The program and lessons are based on the Five SEL Core Competencies from CASEL and use a four-phase instructional design. Central to this is a view of students as active participants, initiating their own learning in a natural way that draws on their innate curiosity. The emphasis is on interaction as students work together to learn concepts, practice thinking and social skills, and discover the benefits of cooperating toward mutual goals.
This program is approved for WV Expanded School Mental Health.
Last reviewed: 2023
Intended Outcomes:This program intends to improve the following skills in youth:
- social awareness
- relationship skills
- responsible decision making
Continuum of Care:
Behavioral Health/Mental Health, Disruptive Behaviors, Physical Health, Substance Use
Childhood (4-12), Teen/Adolescent (13-18)
A balanced amount of the research involved diverse populations
This program is for youth who are in 6th-8th grade.
This program is implemented by classroom teachers.
Is Training Required?
Who can provide the required training?
Training is not required but is recommended, especially for school-wide or larger implementations. There is a network of experienced trainers across the country that offer professional development workshops/training targeted to the role each staff member plays in the implementation of the program. The workshops can be done online or virtually. Click here for more information on training.
Program Costs (materials, training, etc.):
Yes, refer to program website
Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research:
Jones, S., Kahn, J., Nelson, B., & Temko, S. (2019, January). Executive Summary: A Quasi-Experimental Evaluation of Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence in Two Middle Schools. Lion’s Quest. Retrieved December 20, 2022, from https://www.lions-quest.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/report-sfa-2019-jan.pdf
Jones, S., Kahn, J., Nelson, B., & Temko, S. (2019, January). Year 2 Report: A Quasi-Experimental Evaluation of Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence in Two Middle Schools. Lion’s Quest. Retrieved December 20, 2022, from https://www.lions-quest.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/report-sfa-2019-jan.pdf
Kidron, Y., Garibaldi, M., & Osher, D. (2016). (rep.). Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence: Implementation and Outcome Study in Wood County, West Virginia. American Institutes for Research. Retrieved from https://www.lions-quest.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SFA-2016jan.pdf
Eisen M, Zellman GL, Murray DM. Evaluating the Lions-Quest “Skills for Adolescence” drug education program. Second-year behavior outcomes. Addict Behav. 2003 Jul;28(5):883-97. doi: 10.1016/s0306-4603(01)00292-1. PMID: 12788263.
(2016). Effective Classroom Management Strategies in the Lions Quest Classroom. Retrieved from https://www.lions-quest.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Brief_TeacherStudent_2016oct.pdf.
Switzer, J. L. (2016). Evaluation of the Intervention Efficacy of Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence (dissertation).
Supported by Research
»WV Ratings Info
Rationale for Rating:
Lion's Quest Skills for Adolescences shows generally positive outcomes across various studies. A majority of research fell within the quasi-experimental and experimental categories; however, the review includes one RCT with generally positive outcomes.
Contraindications or Concerns:
The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare:
Not On Registry
Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development:
Not On Registry
Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness:
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Model Programs Guide:
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Washington State Institute for Public Policy:
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