Botvin LifeSkills Training Now On!

December 23, 2008

In an effort to provide you with the most up-to-date information regarding all things LifeSkills, LST can now be seen on!

TeacherTube is an educationally focused online community for sharing instructional videos.  As well, it is a site where teachers can post videos designed for students to view in order to learn a concept or skill.

Click on the TeacherTube logo to view LST’s videos and check back regularly as updates are always being made!

Take the next step in becoming part of the TeacherTube education community and sign up to become a member. As a member, you can become a friend of Botvin LifeSkills, rate educational videos, leave comments, and upload videos to the site.


Funding Opportunities: New Grant Announcements

December 18, 2008

Below is a listing of NEW funding opportunities that may be applicable for the Botvin LifeSkills Training program.

CDC Youth Violence Prevention Grantscdc_logo

The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will award a pair of $500,000 grants to assess the efficacy of community policy, economic and environmental changes aimed at reducing youth violence. For more information see the Youth Violence Prevention though Economic, Environmental Policy and Change grant announcement on the CDC website.

Non-profit and public agencies are eligible to apply. Letters of intent due 1/26/09; applications due 2/23/09.

Ed Dept. Grants Help to Curb Substance Abuse, Violence on Campused_prog1_hd_osdfs

The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools has announced applications for its Grant Competition to Prevent High-Risk Drinking or Violent Behavior Among College Students.

Awards are are given for those who develop or enhance, implement, and evaluate campus-and/or community based strategies to prevent high risk behavior among students.

Click here to view full grant announcement and requirements.

Deadline for transmittal of applications is 1/30/09.

ONDCP Letter Warns Parents About Teen Abuse of OTC Medicine

December 15, 2008

ondcpMany parents have no idea that teens today need only look to their local supermarket, pharmacy, or home medicine cabinet to get high using over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold remedies.  To help warn parents of this risk, ONDCP’s National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign has developed a new customizable Open Letter that you can use in your community to educate parents and encourage them to both monitor their teens and look for signs of abuse.

Although overall teen drug use has declined over the last several years, parents are often unaware of this latest threat.  Many of these medications contain Dextromethorphan (DXM), a cough suppressant, which when taken in excessive amounts can cause delusions, loss of consciousness, and even death.  Even more startling is that some teens consume these drugs along with alcohol, making the effects even more dangerous.

But parents can help stop the abuse by safeguarding OTC drugs (and showing extra vigilance during cold and flu season), properly concealing and disposing of old or unused medications, and setting clear rules for teens about all drug and alcohol use.

NOTE:  The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy selected Botvin LifeSkills Training  for excellence as a Model Evidence-Based Substance Abuse Prevention Program.

Youth Smoking Rates Drop in Virginia with LifeSkills Training

December 3, 2008

Youth smoking rates in Virginia have plummeted to the lowest point in a decade according to the latest survey conducted by the Virginia Tobacco Settlement Foundation. VTSF funds model preventionvtsf programs such as Botvin LifeSkills Training to increase youth’s knowledge of the consequences of tobacco and substance use. The implementation of the program is part of a statewide effort to reduce and prevent tobacco use among children and teenagers.

The Botvin LifeSkills Training Program addresses the following Myths and Realities of Smoking:

Myth: Cigarette smoking is not as dangerous as some people say.

Reality: Most health experts agree that cigarette smoking is one of the most serious causes of death and disability in this country.

Myth: It’s easy to quit smoking.

Reality: Most people are unsuccessful at quitting smoking, even though 1/2 of all smokers have tried to quit at least once.

Myth: Smoking is not something I will have to worry about until I’m old.

Reality: Smoking is something that hurts you now. It hurts you physically by decreasing your ability to perform strenuous activities, elevating carbon monoxide levels and decreasing endurance, staining teeth and fingers, affecting your sense of taste, causing you to smell like smoke and costing over $1,000 a year.

Myth: Most people smoke cigarettes.

Reality: Relatively few people smoke cigarettes and even fewer are likely to smoke in the future.

Myth: Smoking is cool and sophisticated.

Reality: Smoking has become socially unacceptable in most places.

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