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

Developed by Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, a leading prevention expert, Botvin LifeSkills Training is backed by over 30 scientific studies and is recognized as a Model or Exemplary program by an array of government agencies including the U.S. Department of Education and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

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

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For Washington Public Schools


The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is providing funding, through iGrants (#761), for implementation of this highly regarded and effective prevention program to address marijuana and other substance use in your school or youth-serving organization that works with middle school age children.

This grant opportunity is funded with marijuana/cannabis tax revenues and is available for schools and community organizations serving middle school aged youth.

In addition to its substance use reduction outcomes, the program has also been shown to reduce school violence and bullying, as well as improve school climate. It is a three-level program that is generally provided to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, over a three-year period. Level 1 has 15 lessons, Level 2 has 10 lessons, and Level 3 has 5 lessons, each designed for approximately 45-50 minutes.

The grant will pay for all student and teacher materials for all three levels for all students in your school or site. It will also pay for required instructor training.

To learn more about the program, see the LifeSkills Training website.

Grant application deadline is Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 4:00 pm.

Applications can be submitted through iGrants, a secure application within OSPI'S Education Data System. The LifeSkills Training Middle School grant application is Form Package 761.

To learn more about the grant contact Emily Maughan at OSPI, at 360-725-6030 or


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   Updated 12/8/2017

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