LifeSkills TOT Workshop Applications Due by 4/1

March 25, 2015

Do you want to conduct LifeSkills Training workshops for your organization? Become a Trainer of Trainers (TOT)! Just a few spots left in next month’s workshop. Registrations are due by 4/1. https://lifeskillstraining.com/uploaded_files/TOT%20Enrollment.pdf

Two-day advanced training workshop teaches participants how to deliver and conduct LifeSkills Provider Training Workshops for their organization. Click here for more information.tot


Social-Emotional Learning Pays Off

March 18, 2015

Education Week – Published in Print: March 18, 2015, as The Heart Payoff

A groundbreaking study from Columbia University, “The Economic Value of Social and Emotional Learning,” reveals what we call “the heart payoff.”

For many years, growing numbers of scholars and educators have been exploring the ways in which emotions and relationships contribute to learning. Under the broad umbrella of “social and emotional learning,” hundreds of researchers, teachers, administrators, and policymakers around the country have been trying to promote the social and emotional development of children and adults. At the same time, these pioneers are working to improve the culture of schools, the expectations of adults, the ways in which discipline is meted out, the mind-sets of learners, and the opportunities for young people’s expression, service, and aspiration.

Most people, when introduced to these kinds of social and emotional strategies, assume that they’re “nice”—maybe even “important.” But few think that developing healthy emotions and social connectivity is really a good return on investment.

But that’s the news from the Columbia study’s authors, Henry M. Levin and Clive Belfield. Over the last year, they examined the economic returns from investments in six prominent social and emotional interventions including LifeSkills Training.

Their findings are striking… significant benefits that exceeded costs…

The lead researcher told us, “These are unprecedented returns, particularly given that, while the estimates of the costs are clear, only a portion of the possible benefits are captured.” Benefits include reductions in child aggression, substance abuse, delinquency, and violence; lower levels of depression and anxiety; and increased grades, attendance, and performance in core academic subjects.

via LifeSkills Training: News Detail.


NYS OASAS is seeking funding proposals from not-for-profit community coalitions in New York State whose principal mission is the goal of reducing substance abuse among youth

March 3, 2015

New York State Partnership for Success:  The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS) announces the availability of funds to implement the Strategic Prevention Framework process at the community level. Communities in New York State that can demonstrate a high need to address prescription drug misuse and abuse, heroin abuse, and heroin opiate overdose among persons aged 12-25 and that possess a community coalition that can demonstrate a high capacity to address these issues, are eligible to participate in the competitive RFP process.

Eligible Applicants: NYS OASAS is seeking funding proposals from not-for-profit community coalitions in New York State whose principal mission is the goal of reducing substance abuse among youth. If the coalition does not have 501c 3 status or does not have an established fiscal agent with 501c 3 status, a NYS OASAS-funded prevention provider must act as the fiscal agent for the community coalition. Community coalitions that received funds through the previous SPF-SIG Prevention First NY! Initiative will not be eligible to apply for this Partnership for Success (PFS) funding. 

Bidders’ Conference:  A non-mandatory Bidders’ Conference will be held on Monday, March 16, 2015 from 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in Conference Room 2B at NYS OASAS’ main offices, located at 1450 Western Avenue, Albany, New York 12203.  Bidders may participate by telephone, or in person.. To confirm your attendance, please contact Filomena Bassotti at 518-485-6022 or filomenabassotti@oasas.ny.gov  by 5 p.m. Friday March 13, 2015.

via LifeSkills Training: Funding Opportunities.


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