LST Featured on Canada’s Largest National Morning Show

March 31, 2010

Click here to watch the Canada AM segment on “Top picks for tweens (children ages 8 – 12)”:

Botvin LifeSkills Training Parent Program and both levels of the animated, interactive Elementary CD-ROM were recently awarded the influential PTPA Media Inc.’s Seal of Approval for excellence in parenting products.  The winners of the prestigious Seal of Approval were selected based on the product’s value, functionality, quality, and appeal to families, children, and parents.  

For more information on the award-winning LifeSkills Training Parent Program or the award-winning LifeSkills Training Elementary CD-ROMs, please visit

FDA Issues Regulations to Prevent Youth Tobacco Sales

March 23, 2010

Regulations Restricting the Sale and Distribution of Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco to Protect Children and Adolescents

FDA is issuing a final rule that contains a broad set of federal requirements designed to significantly curb access to and the appeal of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products to children and adolescents in the United States.

Published March 19, 2010, the new rule becomes effective June 22, 2010, and has the force and effect of law. Among other things, the rule:

  • Prohibits the sale of cigarettes or smokeless tobacco to people younger than 18,
  • Prohibits the sale of cigarette packages with less than 20 cigarettes,
  • Prohibits distribution of free samples of cigarettes,
  • Restricts distribution of free samples of smokeless tobacco, and
  • Prohibits tobacco brand name sponsorship of any athletic, musical or other social or cultural events.

Resource To Help Decisionmakers Choose Cost-Effective Substance Abuse Prevention Programs

March 19, 2010

Substance Abuse Prevention Dollars and Cents: A Cost-Benefit Analysis is a SAMHSA report designed to help policymakers and other stakeholders use the results of cost-benefit analysis as an information tool for decision-making and for selecting the substance abuse prevention programs that address their needs, given available resources.

The report states the Botvin LifeSkills Training program has a cost-benefit ratio of 21:1 and yields net benefits of $4,380 per pupil. Cost benefit is defined in this report as the ratio between expenditures to deliver a program and the reduced social costs over time as a result.

OSDFS Grants to Reduce Alcohol Abuse Grant Competition Hosts TA Conference Call for Applicants

March 18, 2010

The Grants to Reduce Alcohol Abuse (GRAA) grant competition will be hosting a technical assistance conference call for applicants. 

 Technical Assistance Conference Call

Conference Name:  GRAA Applicant Technical Assistance

Date:  March 22, 2010

Time:  1:00 pm ET (1.5 hours)

Call In Number:  Attendees:  (888) 989-9740

Participant Pass code:  7261454

Note:  A transcript of this call will be posted at a later time.  By participating in this conference call, you agree that any communication you make during the call or questions you ask may be recorded in the official transcript.

Funding Opportunity: Grant Announcement

March 17, 2010

The Lawrence Foundation focuses on grants to support education, health, human services, and other causes, with the opportunity to support other diverse areas on an occasional basis. The foundation is unusual in that it makes both program and operating fund grants.

U.S.-based IRS 501(c)(3) qualified nonprofits or public schools and libraries are encouraged to apply. Submit a grant application using the Common Grant Application. The Lawrence Foundation has issued a general waiver for all grant seekers applying to their foundation, which means they will not be charged to apply to The Lawrence Foundation using this Web-based application.

Preparing grant applications can be a bit challenging.  Botvin LifeSkills Training offers several grant application tools to help you in applying for local, state, and federal funding.

Mark your Calendars: National Youth Violence Prevention Week, 3/22 – 3/26

March 16, 2010

The National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) is a founding partner of the National Youth Violence Prevention Campaign. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness and to educate students, teachers, school administrators, counselors, school resource officers, school staff, parents, and the public on effective ways to prevent or reduce youth Violence.

This weeklong national education initiative involves activities that demonstrate the positive role young people can have in making their school and community safer.

Click here to learn more about preventing youth violence and delinquency through a universal school-based prevention approach.

Funding Opportunity: Grant Announcement

March 16, 2010

Wyoming Core Prevention

Wyoming Substance Abuse Prevention -The Division places priority on working with individuals, communities, and other state agencies on prevention activities based in current outcomes research. We support a variety of activities and policy changes with a goal of educating young people and adults and encouraging them to make healthy choices about their use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.

Recent trends that influence the models and choices we make in prevention are 1) a focus on evidence-based prevention activities, those based on solid theory validated by research, and those interventions supported by a body of knowledge and expert consensus, and 2) the necessity of outcome goals and measurements.

Core Prevention Application Information

                     Core Prevention Guidance Document (PDF)

                     Core Prevention Application (Word 2007)

                     Core Prevention Application Attachement A (Word 2007)

Note – applications in compatible 97-2003 Word may have minor formating issues but should not affect the overall application.

                     Core Prevention Application (Word 97-2003 Compatible)

                     Core Prevention Application Attachment A (Word 97-2003 Compatible)

Application deadline is 4/15/10

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