Program aims to help students

As reported on, youths learn how to deal with difficult decisions using the Botvin LifeSkills Training program. The latest Kids Count Kansas data shows that while expectant mothers and young children in Shawnee County receive services at higher rates compared to the overall statewide rate, the rates at which tobacco use and binge drinking occur in Shawnee County are higher than those across Kansas.

To combat substance abuse and other risky behaviors, Seaman Unified School District 345 implemented Botvin LifeSkills Training, a nationally recognized and evidence-based program that gives middle and high school students the skills to make better choices. The program, implemented by USD 345 at the beginning of the 2010-11 school year, aims to reduce the likelihood they will engage in bullying, drug and alcohol abuse and other destructive behaviors.

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