Middle School Hosts LST Awards Ceremony

January 30, 2009

On Thursday, Demopolis Middle School located in Marengo County, Alabama hosted its first awards ceremony for their students who participated in the Botvin LifeSkills Training program.


Almost 200 students took part in the LST Middle School program which promotes healthy alternatives to risky behavior through activities designed to teach students how to resist peer pressures, develop greater self-esteem and cope with anxiety. Throughout the program, students learned a series of skills such as decision making, assertiveness and effective communication to help them make healthy choices and avoid risks.


While the program is now in its second year in Demopolis, this is the first year that all sixth-graders took part in the program, which will soon be brought to John Essex School and the Linden City Schools system.


The Botvin LifeSkills Training program is a part of the Tombigbee Healthcare Authority’s GROWestAL program that is available through the $25,000 grant provided by the Alabama Department of Public Health in October.

Funding Opportunity: New Grant Announcement

January 28, 2009

140px-us-deptofjustice-sealsvg-copy1The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will award $10 million to enable national organizations to provide mentoring services to special high-risk youth populations.

The goal of the program is to reduce juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, truancy, and other problem and high-risk behaviors.

Funding priority will go to groups that have mentoring programs ready for implementation. Only national programs may apply.

Deadline is February 25, 2009

Click here to for more information and to view the full grant announcement.

Funding Opportunity: New Grant Announcement

January 28, 2009

Below is a funding opportunity that may be applicable for the Botvin LifeSkills Training program.

Friday is the last day to apply for substance-abuse-prevention grants through the 24-Hour Relay Grant Committee.

Funds will come from September’s 24-Hour Relay Challenge and the 2008 Independence Hop & Heritage Festival.

They are administered through the Community Fund of the Monmouth-Independence Community Foundation of Oregon.

The 24-Hour Relay Challenge’s mission is to encourage a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle for youths in the Monmouth-Independence community in Oregon. Grant preferences will be given to groups and activities that share the principles of the 24-Hour Relay Challenge mission.

Qualifications include programs, projects or activities that address the problem of drug and alcohol use among youths and/or promote positive choices. Some programs benefit select groups, but others will benefit the community as a whole. Both types of projects are welcome, but preference is given to those that benefit more people.

Application deadline: Friday, 1/30/09

For information, contact:

 Bob Archer or Marilyn Morton

24-Hour Relay Committee

194 S Main St., P.O. Box 535

Independence, OR 97351

 e-mail farreacher@minetfiber.com or mortons@minetfiber.com

Substance Abuse Prevention and the New Administration

January 26, 2009

The Obama Administration has made an effort to ensure that the public has the ability to provide input as it develops its policies.  Community coalitions can post comments on the Citizen´s Briefing Book to help ensure that substance abuse prevention issues are at the top of the Administration’s list.

The Citizen’s Briefing Book allows users to share their ideas on the issues facing the new administration. Over 125,000 users submitted over 44,000 ideas and cast over 1.4 million votes. The best rated ideas are being gathered into a book and delivered to President Obama.

CADCA formally submitted white papers to the Presidential Transition Team regarding the Drug Free Communities program, the State Grants portion of the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities program, and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. Information contained in these papers can be used to help coalitions develop their comments for the Citizen’s Briefing Book.

Help ensure the new Administration understands the need to enhance substance abuse prevention funding and programs. Check out the website and leave your comments.

Connecticut Cracks Down on Teen Smoking

January 23, 2009

Under a new law that went into effect this month, it is now unlawful for anyone in CT under the age of 18 to use, smoke or possess smoking products in a public place, including chewing tobacco. The violation carries a fine of $50 for the first offense and a $100 fine for further offenses. Minors who purchase or misrepresent their age to purchase tobacco can be fined $50 for the first offense and $100 for further offenses.

According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health and the American Lung Association (ALA), almost 90 percent of adult smokers start before age 18. It’s crucial to reach potential smokers in grade school and middle and high school with stricter laws and prevention programs.

Today is Thank Your Mentor Day

January 22, 2009

As a highlight of National Mentoring Month national20mentoring20month2009, Thank Your Mentor Day (1/22) is when many Americans reach out to thank or honor those individuals who encouraged and guided them, and had a lasting impact on their lives. Thank Your Mentor Day promotes “Four Ways to Honor Your Mentor”:

1) contact your mentor directly to express your appreciation

2) pass on what you received by becoming a mentor to a young person in your community

3) make a financial contribution to a local mentoring program

4) write a tribute to your mentor for posting on www.WhoMentoredYou.org.

By focusing national attention on the need for mentors, individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits  can work together to increase the number of mentors and assure brighter futures for today’s youth.

Research has shown that programs that rely on volunteer mentors can play a powerful role in reducing drug abuse and youth violence while greatly enhancing a young person’s prospects for leading a healthy and productive life.

LifeSkills Tips for Middle Schoolers

January 21, 2009

Tips from the Botvin LifeSkills Training Middle School Level 1 Programms-sg1

  • Sometimes people develop low self-esteem because they think they cannot do anything. However, many people take what they can do for granted. Taking time to reflect and think about what you can do can help you feel better about yourself.
  • It’s important to learn what kinds of situations cause us stress, because being aware of those situations is the first step in learning to cope with them.
  • Even though we may not be able to prevent all stress from affecting us, relaxation techniques can help us to calm down if we do get “stressed out.”
  • Assertiveness means being able to stand up for yourself calmly and firmly. Part of the trouble that children have when they are growing up is that they do not feel comfortable telling their friends they do not want to do something.

The Botvin LifeSkills Training Middle School Program is a groundbreaking substance abuse prevention program based on more than 25 years of rigorous scientific research and is one of the most effective evidence-based programs used in schools today. In addition to helping kids resist drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, the LifeSkills Training Middle School program also effectively helps to reduce violence and other high-risk behaviors.

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