Funding opportunity – The Lawrence Foundation Community Grants

September 30, 2011

The Lawrence Foundation is a private family foundation located in Santa Monica, California.

Grant: to support a wide variety of environmental, education, and human service needs across the United States.

Amount: Award amounts vary.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status, public schools and libraries.

Contact: http://www.thelawrencefoundation.org/grants/guidelines.php

Deadline: November 1, 2011.


Addressing Challenging Questions Webinar 9/29

September 26, 2011

There are still a few spots available for this Thursday’s (9/29) webinar on Addressing Challenging Questions at 4pm EDT.

This webinar will address some of the challenging questions students may ask in prevention program classes. Attendees will learn strategies for responding to these questions along with tips on classroom management and creating staff buy-ins.

All teachers, coordinators, administrators, counselors, and school personnel are welcome to attend this webinar. For registration information, click here.


Alcohol ads still reach young people on the radio

September 26, 2011

Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found in recent studies that young people between the ages of 12-20 were more likely to hear radio placement ads for alcohol than adults.In compliance to advertising industry standards on the topic of advertisements for alcoholic beverages, beer and distilled spirit companies agreed to place “alcohol ads in media venues only when underage youth compirses less than or equal to 30 percent of the audience.” However, the CAMY analysis showed that among the 75 markets, 50% of which account for radio audiences 12 and older, failed to meet those standards. 

The National Research Council, the Institute of Medicine, along with 24 state attorneys general agree that the industry must implement a stricter standard that is more “proportional” to the population most at risk for underage drinking – ages 12 to 20 years old. The “proportional” standard would be 15% considering that youth ages 12-20 years old make up 15% of the U.S. population.

To read the full article, click here.


New Guidelines for Alcohol Companies with Social Media Pages

September 21, 2011

The Wall Street Journal reported that new guidelines for alcohol companies were being put into effect on September 30 in regards to the companies’ social media pages.This includes companies’ social media pages, blogs, mobile marketing and any other form of digital communications.

The report also requests that alcohol companies promote responsible drinking and to only “forward promotions to adults 21 and older.” The guidelines were developed by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) along with the European Forum for Responsible Drinking.

To view the new Guidelines, click here.


New Grant Announcement – Lowe’s Toolbox for Education

September 19, 2011

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant Program

Grant: To support school improvement projects at public schools throughout the U.S.

Funder: The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation.

Eligibility: Any individual U.S. public K-12 school or nonprofit parent group associated with a public K-12 school.

Amount: Multiple awards ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 per school.

Contact: http://www.toolboxforeducation.com/

Deadline: October 14, 2011.


New study shows that Americans are smoking less

September 19, 2011

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently conducted a study and found that fewer adults in the United States were smoking cigarettes. This also includes smokers cutting back on the number of cigarettes they smoke a day. The study was conducted over a five year period from 2005 to 2010. The report showed that a total of 19.3% (45.3 million) American adults aged 18 and older smoked cigarettes, which was a decline from the 20.9% of individuals who smoked in 2005.

CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. said, “Any decline in the number of people who smoke and the number of cigarettes consumed is a step in the right direction.” But Frieden believes that the rate at which smoking is declining is not fast enough. “This slowing trend shows the need for intensifed efforts to reduce cigarette smoking among adults,” Frieden said.

To date, tobacco is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in the America, killing an estimated 443,000 American every year. To read the complete article, click here.


Parent Program date added to Fall Schedule!

September 16, 2011

LST will be hosting a Parent Program training at the White Plains, NY headquarters on November 10, 2011. Visit the Training Schedule and register today!


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