Botvin LifeSkills Training Program Featured at International Conference

April 29, 2014

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Botvin LifeSkills Training, a top-rated prevention program proven to reduce substance abuse and violence, was featured at the 2014 Blueprints Conference for Healthy Youth Development. The conference, held in Denver, Colorado, featured LifeSkills Training (LST) and other prevention programs identified as effective by a national panel of prevention experts. Dr. Botvin’s presentation described the LST program and summarized the scientific evidence proving its effectiveness. The session also focused on practical strategies for promoting the adopting and successful implementation of evidence-based prevention programs such as LST. Joining Dr. Botvin were Alayne MacArthur and Pamela Werb, two senior LST trainers who have extensive teaching, training, and curriculum development experience.  In addition, LST was featured in a well-attended all-day pre-conference workshop session. Attendees participated in an interactive, peer-based training experience covering important topics related to the successful implementation and sustainability of the LST program with an emphasis on strategies for enhancing planning, implementation, student engagement and long-term use of LST. 

The goal of the international Blueprints Conference is to motivate the violence and drug prevention field to adopt evidence-based programs and provide support, guidance, and tools to help practitioners implement these programs successfully in their own communities. More than 500 people attended, including professionals working in the areas of juvenile justice, violence, and drug abuse prevention for youth. The Blueprints Conference is part of a larger initiative to identify and promote the use of prevention programs proven effective through rigorous evaluation research.

“The Blueprints initiative has a tremendous impact on all prevention because it gives decision-makers the tools necessary to identify the most effective programs,” said invited speaker Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, an internationally known prevention expert and developer of the LifeSkills Training (LST) substance abuse and violence prevention program. “In order to improve the quality of health in America and reduce future health costs, it is vitally important that those responsible for selecting and adopting programs have access to information about the most effective and scientifically proven prevention programs and policies.”

LifeSkills Training is a model prevention program identified by Blueprints for Violence Prevention, the national violence prevention initiative. Established in 1996 by Professor Del Elliott from the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Blueprints for Violence Prevention monitors the effectiveness of prevention, early intervention, and treatment programs in reducing adolescent violent crime, aggression, delinquency, and substance abuse. More recently, this initiative has been expanded to focus more broadly on healthy youth development.

via LifeSkills Training: Press Releases.


LifeSkills Goes to Taipei, Taiwan

April 25, 2014

LifeSkills Goes to Taipei, Taiwan

One of our rockstar trainers, Pam Werb, shared these awesome pictures from a LifeSkills Training Middle School workshop that she’s leading in Taipei, Taiwan right now. Any of these teaching skills look familiar to you? 🙂


Get Ready for National Prevention Week May 18-24

April 21, 2014

To help shine a light on the importance of substance abuse prevention, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) has named May 18-24 National Prevention Week 2014. The theme this year is Our Lives. Our Health. Our Future.

via Get Ready for National Prevention Week May 18-24 | CADCA.


Every Dollar Spent on Prevention Can Save up to $50 | Prevention Hub

April 17, 2014

A recent study by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy investigates the effectiveness of drug abuse and violence prevention programmes. Among the programmes the Botvin LifeSkills Training, which is used in 37 countries around the world, yielded the most promising results, saving $50 for every dollar spent. The school-based model proves that prevention programmes do not only provide enormous health benefits to young people, but also economic advantages for the communities they live in. Mentor USA uses the programme as part of their school-based prevention strategy.

Botvin LifeSkills Training equips students aged 5 to 18 with the relevant skills to deal with stressful situations and helps boost their self-esteem. By engaging with the programme, students learn about the negative consequences of substance abuse and become familiar with healthy alternatives.

via Every Dollar Spent on Prevention Can Save up to $50 | Prevention Hub.


Service Learning Grants Available

April 16, 2014

“The Youth Advisory Board grants funds for student-led service-learning projects in the United States and in the Alberta, New Brunswick and Ontario provinces of Canada. These grants address, in a structural way, the issues of environmental responsibility, community safety and natural disaster preparedness, financial education, societal health and wellness issues, and accessing higher education/closing the achievement gap.”

Funder: State Farm Youth Advisory Board 

Eligibility: To receive a grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, organizations/institutions must be located in the United States or Canada. Primary applicant can be anyone involved with a public K-12, public charter, or higher education institution. Non-profit organizations are also eligible if they are able to demonstrate how they plan to actively interact with students in public K-12 schools. Applicants must also have a demonstrated capacity to effectively manage grant funds.

Amount: $25,000 – $100,000

via LifeSkills Training: Funding Opportunities.


Teens and Young Adults Exposed to Tobacco Marketing More Likely to Smoke

April 15, 2014

Teens and young adults who are exposed to marketing materials for tobacco products, such as coupons and websites, were far more likely to begin smoking or to be current smokers than those not exposed, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The findings were reported by Health Behavior News Service.

via Tobacco Promotions Still Reaching Youth | Center for Advancing Health.


Three Ohio Agencies Win Drug Prevention Grants

April 11, 2014

NEW PHILADELPHIA  Agencies in three area counties have received grants from the state to strengthen school-based alcohol and drug prevention programs.

The Building Youth Resiliency grants are a part of Start Talking!, Ohio’s new youth drug prevention initiative. The program is a partnership between the Office of the First Lady, the Governor’s Office of Faith-Base Initiatives and the departments of Aging, Job and Family Services and Mental Health and Addiction Services and targets at-risk students in grades five through nine.

In Tuscarawas County, Personal and Family Counseling Services is receiving a grant of $12,875 to provide the Botvin LifeSkills Training Program to 190 fifth- and sixth-grade students in Newcomerstown Exempted Village Schools and Conotton Valley Union Local Schools.

The program will begin in the 2014-15 school year.

Jodi Salvo, coordinator of the Taking It to the Schools program, said Botvin is the leading school-based prevention education program used in the U.S.

Facilitators from Personal and Family Counseling meet with students once a week for eight weeks. Each week, they discuss a different topic, such as self-esteem and assertiveness.

On the eighth week, parents or caregivers are invited to come to the school for a graduation ceremony, she said. “It gives us the opportunity to show the parents what we discussed.”

via LifeSkills Training: News Detail.


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