Grants for Afterschool Programs Now Available

November 19, 2015

Funding Alert   

Grant: Many states around the country are conducting competitions to award 21st Century Community Learning Center grants. The funding is available through the federal 21st CCLC program, which is designed to provide academic enrichment opportunities, drug and violence prevention, and youth development activities to students during nonschool hours.

Funds may be used for drug and violence prevention programs, like Botvin LifeSkills Training which can be implemented in an after-school setting.

Eligibility: School districts, public charter schools, municipalities, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations and private corporations are eligible.

Deadline: Deadlines vary by state. Click here for full list of RFPs: ww2.ed.gov/programs/21stcclc/contacts.html#state

Preparing grant applications can be a bit challenging. Botvin LifeSkills Training offers several grant application tools to help you in applying for local, state, and federal funding.


New Botvin LST webinar added to the schedule!

November 16, 2015

Please register for LifeSkills Training Middle School program: Effective and Engaging Prevention Education for Healthy and Drug-Free Youth on Thursday, November 19, 2015 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST at: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/6324888232832026370

In this informative presentation, participants will explore the underpinnings of the Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) Middle School program, review program levels and support, and gain insight into program fidelity and implementation options.

Are you considering implementing a quality evidence-based prevention program? Are you and or your colleagues interested in learning more about the field? Then join us at our webinar.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.


Free webinar next week

November 12, 2015
WOW! This week’s 2 webinars are now completely filled to capacity. So by popular demand we added 2 more dates next week…
LifeSkills Training Middle School Program:  Effective and Engaging Prevention Education for Healthy and Drug-Free Youth
In this informative presentation, participants will explore the underpinnings of the Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) Middle School program, review program levels and support, and gain insight into program fidelity and implementation options.
Are you considering implementing a quality evidence-based prevention program? Are you and or your colleagues interested in learning more about the field? Then join us at our webinar.
Duration:  30 minutes
Format:  Webinar
Cost: $0.00 (Space is limited)
About the Presenter:  Craig Zettle has presented at national and international conferences over the last 15 years.  He has been active in prevention education with the Botvin LifeSkills Training program for the last 10 years and regularly consults with schools, districts, federal and state agencies, as well as community-based organizations on the implementation and support of the Botvin LifeSkills Training program.
Register, 2 dates to choose from: Wednesday, November 18th at 11am ET  or  Thursday, November 19th at 1pm ET. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Carmel Unified School District Cuts Bullying, Drug, & Alcohol Use in Half

November 1, 2015
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CASE STUDY

Carmel Unified School district (CUSD) has reason to celebrate this school year as they find bullying, drugs and alcohol use are dwindling due to a multi-year implementation of Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST). Based on the most recent California Healthy Kids Survey results (2014-15), CUSD has seen reductions upwards of 50% for alcohol/drug use and incidents often associated with bullying.

CUSD’s Board of Education identified drug/alcohol and bullying prevention as a top priority and it has been the focus of an objective in the district’s long-term goals. Five years ago, the rural school district in California selected LST as their top prevention program in grades 3 – 10.

“In recent years a group of stakeholders evaluated several evidence-based prevention programs and it was clear from the research that one program stood out from the rest: Lifeskills Training,” said Heath Rocha, Chief Student Services Officer, CUSD.

Through the LST program, students learn more than how to resist pressures to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, and use illicit drugs; they also learn important life skills such as problem-solving, how to manage stress and anxiety, and how to communicate clearly. The combination of drug resistance skills and life skills has proven to be a powerful formula for preventing drug use and bullying.

“With the enormous research supporting Lifeskills Training’s efficacy, coupled with our experience, there is not a better program in existence that does a better job promoting social-emotional development, positive behaviors and relationships, and reduces the risk of alcohol and drug use/abuse,” said Rocha.

In addition to implementing the LST in grades 3 – 10, CUSD created a multi-pronged approach that included a social norms campaign, a parent committee, counseling, and multiple initiatives including a voluntary drug testing program.


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