BGCGW Awarded $210,000 to Support Life Skills Training for 500 Local Youth

Program Funded by Three-Year Grant from Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth

WASHINGTON (October 20, 2010)– Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington announced today a three-year, $210,000 grant from the Virginia Tobacco Settlement Foundation, a division of the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, to teach the LifeSkills Training program to nearly 500 children at local clubs and schools in the Northern Virginia region.

LifeSkills Training provides students with the skills to resist pressures to use tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, and offers information about the health problems caused by these substances. Students participating in the program learn skills to aid in developing a positive self-image, how to resist peer pressure and how to avoid being influenced by advertisements and the media. They also learn how to cope with anxiety and how to better communicate with others and build friendships.

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