Funding available for Botvin LifeSkills in Pennsylvania

January 31, 2018

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) is accepting applications for Violence and Delinquency Prevention Programs Funds to support a targeted group of evidence-based programs including Botvin LifeSkills Training. Because a substantial body of research exists on the causes and correlates of adolescent problem behaviors, implementing programs that are effective in preventing adolescent problem behaviors continues to be a priority within PCCD. PCCDLogo-2C

To enable communities to implement such programs, PCCD is making available funds to support evidence-based prevention programs. The programs eligible for funding under this announcement include the Botvin LifeSkills Training middle school program.

PCCD will accept applications for two-year grants with total budgets not to exceed $175,000 over the two years. The maximum amount of funding that may be requested in either year is $100,000.

Eligibility for these funds is open to any private non-profit agency, public agency, or unit of local government.

Questions about how you should respond to this funding announcement must be sent by email to (Put “2018 Violence and Delinquency Prevention Programs” in the subject line).

Teaching Marijuana Prevention (for health educators)

January 19, 2018

NHPA is pleased to offer Substance Abuse Prevention Workshops designed for health educators and professionals seeking to expand their experience, knowledge, and skills related to prevention education.

Teaching Marijuana Prevention – 2-part workshop on 1/30 & 2/6

The status of marijuana has undergone rapid legal and cultural shifts in recent years. These changes present specific challenges to school and community health educators.

In this workshop, participants will explore the social and legal trends in acceptance, the pharmacology of marijuana, and effective strategies for responding to the misconceptions adolescents hold about marijuana.

COST: $300 per person.   SPACE IS LIMITED!

NHPA TMP Jan 30 feb 6 2018

Register for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

January 12, 2018


National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW) is almost here! Register your educational event or activity and join with hundreds of communities around the country participating in this annual observance.

Register Your Event!

Do you need event ideas?

Here are a few easy activity ideas to consider:

  • Share the IQ Challenge. This quiz is a fun way to test teens’ drug and alcohol knowledge and helps provide the facts.
  • Print the free “I want to SHATTER THE MYTHS because…” pledge cards and ask youth to answer the question: “Why do you want to shatter the myths about drug use?” Take a picture and share it with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) on Twitter and Facebook by including the hashtag #NDAFW with your photo.
  • Test teens’ knowledge of drugs and alcohol with the NDAFW BINGO card. Download the card and the glossary and play this game with others.

NIDA offers these and other materials free of charge. Plan to order your materials by January 15 to receive them in time for NDAFW.

For more guidance on hosting and planning an event, join us for the #NDAFW Twitter chat at 2 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, January 8, to get prepared! You can find us on Twitter @NIDAnews and be sure to use the hashtag #NDAFW to follow along!

For more information, contact Brian Marquis at NIDA at

Webinar: How LifeSkills Training can Keep Kids Healthy and Drug-free (space is limited)

January 11, 2018

Join us on this free webinar to learn more about the highly effective Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) program and how it can positively impact the lives of youth in elementary, middle, and high school. Explore the LST structure and learn how it can be an effective, enjoyable, and easy-to-teach program!picture1

Botvin LifeSkills Training:   A Proven Program for Drug-free Youth

School districts, individual schools, and their partner agencies are challenged now more than ever with a number of social, emotional, and environmental needs that impact the lives of the youth they serve. Time and resources are at a premium which demands an approach that is not only diverse in it reach, but delivers multiple outcomes, meaningful change, and results.

In fact, the Surgeon General recently named LifeSkills Training (LST) as one of the most effective school-based programs for adolescents aged 10 to 18.*  The LST program is research validated, has universal appeal, is age and developmentally appropriate, will change the lives of the youth you serve for the better.

Join us to learn how the Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) program has been proven to reduce alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and other drug abuse. In addition, research on LST demonstrated reductions in violence, delinquency, and most recently, prescription and opioid misuse among middle school aged-youth.

*Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, 2016

Space is limited! After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

LifeSkills Training Now Aligned to CASEL’s Social Emotional Competencies

January 8, 2018

Botvin LifeSkills® Training and SEL

Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is an internationally recognized, evidence-based program that supports the decrease of risky behaviors such as drug and/or alcohol use, violence, aggression, and delinquency.  By providing youth with effective social skills and self-management skills, such as communication and anxiety management, LST decreases the motivation to use drugs and the vulnerability to social influences that support drug use.  LST provides foundational skills for successful youth development through its alignment with CASEL’s five core SEL competencies. Its cognitive behavioral approach uses a variety of teaching techniques to facilitate discussion, which provides key knowledge, coaching, and behavior skill practice. LST should be considered an approach that can be used effectively used in both schools and youth-serving organizations to support the social and emotional development of youth.

caslWhat is SEL?

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is a Chicago based non-profit organization that for over 20 years has been leading the nation in the area of social and emotional learning.  CASEL provides a unique combination of research, practice, and policy to support its mission to help make evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) become an integral part of education from preschool to high school.

SEL is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.  CASEL has identified five core SEL competencies:  self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.

Why is SEL important?

Short-term benefits

  • More positive social behaviors and attitudes
  • More empathetic
  • Ability to manage stress and depression
  • Improved classroom behavior
  • Better attitudes about themselves, others, and school
  • Fewer conduct problems

Long-term benefits

  • Higher academic achievement
  • Decreased high school drop out rate
  • Fewer arrests
  • Fewer mental health disorders

Register for our webinar on 1/18 at 1pm ET to learn more or Click to view alignment

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