LifeSkills Training (LST) Substance Abuse Prevention Grants
1) LifeSkills Substance Abuse Prevention Grant (Form Package 761); allows schools to purchase and teach the Botvin LifeSkills Training Middle School Program Curriculum and pays for teachers to be trained in the curriculum.
2) Readiness to Implement LifeSkills Grant (Form Package 962); allows schools, districts, and/or ESDs to analyze local Health 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.
3) Adapting Botvin LifeSkills Curriculum to be Taught Virtually Grant (Form Package 991); allows schools to adapt curriculum to be taught virtually, while maintaining fidelity and facilitating interactive skill building activities in a virtual setting.
All grants are due December 17, 2020 at 4:00pm.
Applications can be submitted through iGrants, a secure application within OSPI'S Education Data System.
Three different Botvin LifeSkills Grants are offered through OSPI:
- LifeSkills Substance Abuse Prevention Grant (Form Package 761)
- Readiness to Implement LifeSkills Grant (Form Package 962)
- Adapting Botvin LifeSkills Curriculum to be Taught Virtually Grant (Form Package 991)
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
The grant is 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 962 and Form Package 991.
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.
Adapting Botvin LifeSkills Curriculum to be Taught Virtually Grant:
Allows schools the ability to take the time to adapt the curriculum while maintaining fidelity to be taught in an interactive manner in a virtual setting. Allows schools to purchase the Botvin Curriculum, pay for teacher's training, and data entry.
Yes, for the Lifeskills Substance Abuse Prevention Grant and the Adapting Botvin Lifeskills Curriculum 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.
Substance Abuse Resources
- Vapes, JUULs, Buds, and Shots: Prevention Interventions with Youth webinar
- Healthy Youth Survey
- 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)
- 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.