“Our goal is to help every child in Ukraine through Lions Quest.” That lofty aspiration is one that Lions’ Past District Governor Dr. Valentin Kravchenko is determined to help achieve with significant grant funding from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and significant participation from local Lions. “We are supporting schools in their efforts to implement Lions Quest to help all Ukraine children develop conflict resolution skills, become comfortable with diversity, manage their emotions, be resilient in the face of adversity, and have good overall mental health.”
Rewind to 2006, when Lions were awarded US$25,000 in LCIF grant funding to pilot Lions Quest, LCIF’s signature youth development program, in Kyiv. More recently, funds collected by local Lions, augmented by LCIF grants totaling more than US$300,000, have helped implement an enhanced version of Lions Quest while expanding its Skills for Growing and Skills for Adolescence learning modules. An estimated 160,000 students and 9,600 teachers in 200 Ukraine schools are benefitting.
Navigating childhood isn’t easy. As youngsters develop socially, emotionally, and intellectually, they can become overwhelmed. Fortunately, students in Ukraine – particularly children displaced from home due to conflict – are gaining valuable skills to navigate school and build successful futures through Lions Quest (www.lions-quest.org).