New Training Dates Available!

June 30, 2011

Check out the Botvin LifeSkills Training website for new training dates. We’ve even added Online Training dates for Elementary and Transitions programs! Click here.


Binge Drinking Causing Brain Damage in Young People

June 29, 2011

A study was conducted on young binge drinkers ages 18 to 25. The study showed that binge drinking on a regular basis can disrupt the area of the brain used for paying attention, decision-making, and impulse control.

The study was conducted on 29 binge drinkers. Women who had four or more drinks in one sitting as well as men who had five or more drinks in one sitting showed thinning of the pre-frontal cortex.

Back in 2009, the 18 to 25 age group showed the highest levels of binge drinking and alcohol use. To read the entire article click here.

Here’s a video from 2010 about the effects of binge drinking on young people:

Funding Opportunity – New Grant Announcement

June 27, 2011

Innovative Social Media Strategies to Reach Open to Smoking Youth

Grant: To identify and counter pro-tobacco messages and related online youth influences by creating and implementing innovative social media strategies to target and influence open-to-smoking youth ages 12-17.

Funder: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Eligibility: Unrestricted.

Deadline: July 25.

Amount: $4 million (total program funding).


Nike Says No to Removing ‘Dope’ and ‘Get High’ T-Shirts from Window Display

June 27, 2011

The Niketown store in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood refused Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s request for the store to remove t-shirts in their window display. The t-shirts, part of an action sports campaign, say ‘Dope’ and ‘Get High’ on them. According to a Nike spokesperson, the shirts in no way condone a pro-drug use message but rather are terms that are used for action sports such as BMX and surfing. To read more of the article click here.

What do you think of the t-shirts? Share your opinions and comments!

Funding Opportunity – New Grant Announcement

June 23, 2011

Public Welfare Foundation – Grants for Organizations that Serve Disadvantaged Communities

The Public Welfare Foundation supports organizations that address human needs in disadvantaged communities. The foundation provides both general support and project-specific grants. For more information on the organization click here.

Grant: The foundation is currently focusing on two program areas: criminal and juvenile justice, and workers’ rights.

Maximum award: $50,000.

Eligibility: public and private entities, including nonprofit organizations and for-profit organizations.

Deadline: July 22, 2011

For complete information about this grant, please visit:


OJJDP highlights findings from 2009 National Youth Gang Survey

June 22, 2011

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs’ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has published, “Highlights of the 2009 National Youth Gang Survey.”

The fact sheet presents findings from the National Gang Center’s 2009 National Youth Gang Survey. The survey collects data from a large, representative sample of local law enforcement agencies to monitor the size and scope of the gang problems happening in America.

The fact sheet discusses the prevalence of gangs in the U.S., rates of gang activity and gang homicides, and factors that may influence gang violence.

To view the fact sheet click here.

To order print copies online from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, click here.

U.S Department of Education to conduct study

June 21, 2011

The U.S. Department of Education is conducting a study on school bullying laws and policies. The department will implement case studies on 24 school sites nationwide. The study will examine anti-bullying policies and how they are influenced by state legislative requirements.

The study hopes to provide school districts with improvements on ways to combat bullying in schools and support bullying prevention activities. The U.S. Department of Education is requesting comments on five different issues:

1. Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of U.S. ED?

2. Will the information be processed and used in a timely manner?

3. How might the U.S. ED enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information being collected?

4. Is the estimate of burden accurate?

5. How might the U.S. ED minimize the burden of this collection on the respondent, including through the use of information technology?

The comments are due by August 1, 2011. Click here for complete more information on the study. Click here for a detailed description of the proposed analysis.


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