How LifeSkills Training in Schools Can Keep Kids Healthy and Drug-free

March 15, 2018

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.

Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is a research-validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, opioid misuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. This comprehensive and exciting curriculum provides adolescents and young teens in grades 3 – 12 with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations.

 

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Rather than merely teaching information about the dangers of drug abuse, Botvin LifeSkills Training promotes healthy alternatives to risky behavior through activities designed to

  • Teach students the necessary skills to resist social (peer) pressures to smoke, drink, and use drugs
  • Help students to develop greater self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Enable students to effectively cope with anxiety
  • Increase their knowledge of the immediate consequences of substance abuse
  • Enhance cognitive and behavioral competency to reduce and prevent a variety of health risk behaviors

Join us to learn how this evidence-based curriculum can be implemented in your school or community. LST has been proven to reduce alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and other drug abuse, and research on LST demonstrated reductions in violence, delinquency, and most recently, prescription and opioid misuse among middle school aged-youth.

Botvin LifeSkills Training:  A Proven Program for Drug-free Youth on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at noon ET

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

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Positive Youth development grants – 2/28 deadline

February 23, 2018

Communities That Care (CTC) and the Chaffee County Youth Alliance (CCYA) will accept applications until Feb. 28 for mini-grants for community organizations serving youth within Chaffee County.  bully

Grants of up to $1,500 may be awarded to support projects and programs focused on positive youth development and youth-community engagement, according to a press release.

“The CTC evidence-based model is guiding the Chaffee County Youth Alliance team to select and implement youth programs that are the best fit for our community,” Miki Hodge, Chaffee County facilitator, said in the release.

Other grant parameters are:

• The award date is set for March 5.

• The project implementation and grant expenditure deadline is June 30.

• Special youth-driven projects are encouraged. A youth voice component is required.

• A report demonstrating the use of funds and the impact must be submitted after the project completion.

Grant applications may be requested by emailing mhodge@chaffeecounty.org or dolson@chaffeecounty.org.

Communities That Care is a collaborative program of Chaffee County Family & Youth Initiatives and Chaffee County Public Health.

It aims to help communities prevent youth risk problem behaviors before they develop, including delinquent behavior and alcohol, tobacco and drug use.

The system is funded by statewide excess marijuana tax collected in its first year of legalization in the form of marijuana education and prevention programs.

Application deadline is 2/28/18


Botvin LifeSkills Training Featured at SAMHSA’s Prevention Day

February 22, 2018

WHITE PLAINS, NY – The Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) program was featured at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) recent 14th Annual Prevention Day on February 5, 2018. This annual event was held in conjunction with the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA’s) 28th National Leadership Forum at National Harbor, MD. 

LST was featured in a 90-minute Institute attended by prevention practitioners, community leaders, and behavioral health professionals gathered to hear from internationally known prevention expert Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, developer of the LifeSkills Training (LST) program, founder and president of National Health Promotion Associates, and Professor Emeritus at Cornell University’s Weill Cornell Medical College. LST is a highly acclaimed, evidence-based substance abuse and violence prevention program that has been used in schools and communities throughout the US and in 39 countries around the world. Over 30 studies published in scientific journal show that LST can cut adolescent tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use by as much 80%.

Dr. Botvin described the LST approach and the underlying theory of this positive youth development approach to substance abuse prevention. He also summarized the research evidence documenting the effectiveness of LST for preventing tobacco use, underage drinking, and illicit drug use. Among the most exciting research findings were those showing that LST can prevent prescription drug abuse and teen opioid misuse. Further strengthening the potential impact of LST to prevent opioid misuse is a new opioid and prescription drug abuse prevention module available either online as an e-learning program or as a classroom program in print form.

Dr. Botvin was joined at the morning Institute by community prevention leaders who described the success of LST implementation in their communities and included Ronna Yablonski, Executive Director of Cambria County (PA) Drug Coalition and Kat Allen, Coalition Coordinator of CTC Partnership for Youth, a Program of the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (MA). Rounding out the Institute was Craig Zettle, Vice President at NHPA, who addressed critical issues related to long-term sustainability of implementing prevention programs that have been tested and proven effective.

Those attending learned the theory underlying LST, as well as evidence of its effectiveness. Speakers also covered important dissemination issues regarding the adoption, implementation, and sustainability in schools, family, and community settings.

“We’ve come a long way in the field of prevention, and now it’s really about a risk-focused approach. In fact, the LST program has been tested through 35 years of rigorous scientific research that identified these approaches as effective, producing lasting results, and with the potential to save taxpayers a good deal of money,” said Dr. Botvin. “Let’s stop drug abuse before it begins. Now is truly the time to unleash the power of prevention.”

The LifeSkills Training program has been extensively tested and proven effective at reducing tobacco, alcohol, opioid, and illicit drug use by as much as 80%. Long-term follow-up studies also show that it produces prevention effects that are durable and long-lasting.

CADCA’s National Leadership Forum is the largest training event for the prevention field. Attendees learn strategies to address substance abuse and hear from prevention experts, federal administrators, and concerned policymakers. The Forum brings together attendees representing coalitions from all regions of the country and internationally, government leaders, youth, prevention specialists, addiction treatment professionals, addiction recovery advocates, researchers, educators, law enforcement professionals, and faith-based leaders.

 


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 RA-PCCD-OJJDP@pa.gov (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

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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 bmarquis@nida.nih.gov


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.


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