LifeSkills Training (LST) Substance Abuse Prevention Grant
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.
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 16, 2020 at 4:00pm
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.
The LifeSkills Training (LST) Substance Abuse Prevention Grant allows schools and youth serving organizations to implement the evidence-based Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) Middle School Program.
The Botvin LifeSkills program teaches youth how to:
- Cope with and manage stress and anxiety
- Build positive relationship and communication skills
- Develop refusal skills to prevent and reduce substance use and abuse.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can apply for the grant?
The grant is open to all public schools, school districts, and community organizations who serve middle school age youth.
How do I apply for the LifeSkills Grant?
A school or community organization can apply for the LifeSkills Grant via iGrants, it is Form Package 761.
What will the grant cover?
The grant will cover the cost of teacher and student material; costs; which may include travel, lodging, per diem and substitute fees to send educators to the mandatory training, as well as a data collection stipend.
Does my school need to do anything besides teach the curriculum?
Yes, grantees agree to implement the LifeSkills Curriculum in their schools with fidelity (teaching lessons in order and teaching at least one lesson each week for consecutive weeks until all units in the level are taught. More than one lesson may be taught per week if desired, up to 5 lessons can be taught each year).
Grantees also agree to collect and submit the following data to OSPI in a secure manner, including but not limited to:
- Reporting student information including first and last name, date of birth, city, state, zip code, age, and race/ethnicity to OSPI
- Attendance in LifeSkills classroom sessions
- Pre and post survey from each student
How long is the Botvin LifeSkills Middle School curriculum?
The LifeSkills Middle School program is designed to be taught in sequence over three years to youth in grades 6-8.
- Year 1: Students are taught Level 1 of the program, which has 15 lessons.
- Year 2: Level 2 is taught, which has 10 lessons.
- Year 3: Level 3 is taught, which has 5 lessons.
- Each lesson takes 45 to 55 minutes to teach.
Is this curriculum aligned with the Washington State Health and Physical Education Standards?
An alignment map has been created to show what WA Health and PE standards are met in this curriculum.
Substance Abuse Resources
- Vapes, JUULs, Buds, and Shots: Prevention Interventions with Youth webinar
- Healthy Youth Survey
- Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP)- through SAMHSA
- Nemours KidsHealth- great resource on all kinds of health topics for kids
- Start Talking Now-created by Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
- Seattle & King County; Escape the Vape (resource on electronic cigarettes; created for kids with fun characters)
- A parent’s guide to preventing underage marijuana use by Seattle Children’s Hospital-
- Surgeon General Report on Electronic Cigarettes
- Surgeon General Fact sheet on Electronic Cigarettes
- Resource for parents; Under the Influence of You (WA DOH)
- Out of the Picture; Preventing Underage drinking campaign
- Starts with One-DSHS campaign designed to inform and educate young adults, their parents and others about the dangers of prescription drug misuse.