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LifeSkills Training (LST) Substance Abuse Prevention Grants

LifeSkills Grant Opportunities

LifeSkills Substance Abuse Prevention Grant (Form Package 761) allows schools to purchase and teach the Botvin LifeSkills Middle School Program Curriculum and pays for teachers to be trained in the curriculum.

Readiness to Implement LifeSkills Grant (Form Package 962); allows schools, districts, and/or ESDs to analyze local Healthy Youth Survey data, identify substance use prevention and intervention needs, and explore the Botvin LifeSkills Curriculum to see if it is a good fit for them. 

Both grants due NOVEMBER 18, 2021 at 4:00pm.

Applications can be submitted through iGrants, a secure application within OSPI'S Education Data System

Contact Information

Emily Maughan
360-725-6030 
emily.maughan@K12.wa.us

Current Botvin LifeSkills Grants offered through OSPI. 

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.

*** Botvin has just released a new electronic version of Level 1 of the Middle School Program. Schools can use funds from the LifeSkills Grant to purchase it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Grants are open to all public schools, school districts, and community organizations who serve middle school age youth.

Schools and ESDs can apply for the LifeSkills Grants via iGrants, they are Form Package 761, Form Package 961 and Form Package 962.

Each grant covers different things: 

LifeSkills Substance Abuse Prevention Grant: 

The grant will cover the cost of teacher and student material, mandatory training, as well as a data collection stipend.

Readiness to Implement LifeSkills Grant: 

Allows schools, districts, and/or ESDs to analyze local Healthy Youth Survey data, identify substance use prevention and intervention needs, and explore the Botvin Lifeskills Curriculum to see if it is a good fit. 

Facilitator Training Grant:

Allows educators/counselors to participate in the "Middle School Online Training" offered directly by Botvin LifeSkills. Before anyone teaches the Botvin LifeSkills Training Middle School curriculum they need to be trained in it. This grant will also cover the cost of the Teacher's Manual and Student Guide needed for the training.

Yes, for the Lifeskills Substance Abuse Prevention Grant 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

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.

An alignment map has been created to show what WA Health and PE standards are met in this curriculum.

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