Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence

Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence

Following a Big Lottery Fund investment of £25 million, Ambition was selected to deliver one of 25 innovative projects as part of the new Realising Ambition programme.

Ambition is introducing a new scheme called Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence, which has proved successful in the United States and is being delivered in the UK for the first time.

Skills for Adolescence is a personal and social development programme for young people aged 8-14 years old. It helps young people to make informed decisions, become an active member of the community, resist peer pressure and develop positive personal relationships. It also encourages them to resist drug and alcohol usage.

Ambition has been given nearly £1 million in funding to roll out the programme across the UK for the next five years, from October 2012.

We are running the programme in youth clubs nationwide. It's made up of 102 lessons and involves everything from group work to community projects.

Young people in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Lancashire, London, Manchester, Somerset, Tees Valley and Warwickshire are just some of those who will benefit.

Realising Ambition is a UK-wide programme to replicate evidence-based projects that have a track record in improving outcomes for young people. It will replicate 25 of the very best evidence-based practices across the UK (Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales) - early help for young people at risk of offending.

All organisations delivering these interventions are from the voluntary sector and are of different sizes. The learning from the programme will be shared through an open access ‘learning network’. The programme aims to contribute to evidence base of what works and how to effectively reproduce these programmes in other areas.

The Big Lottery Fund (BIG), the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery. BIG is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. Since June 2004 BIG has awarded over £4.4bn. The Fund was formally established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.

Find out more about Lions Quest by contacting jo@ambitionuk.org.

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