Youth Prevention Universal Programs
Botvin LifeSkills Training
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. 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 positive social skills
* Increase self-esteem and self-confidence
* Effectively cope with anxiety
* Increase their knowledge of the immediate consequences of substance abuse
This program is designed to work with a classroom-sized group of 15-25 students at a time, ages 8-12 (3rd – 5th grade).
Too Good For Drugs
This program targets all youth in 6th – 8th grade. The curriculum used for this program is an evidence-based program built around a framework of social and emotional skill development such as goal setting, decision making, effective communication, peer pressure refusal, pro-social bonding, conflict resolution, and media literacy.
Too Good For Drugs also promotes academic achievement, alignment with education standards and priorities, and healthy and supportive classroom management.
This program is a series of 10 sessions, 45 minutes each.
Project Toward No Drugs
This YPU program works with all youth in 9th – 12th grade, using the Too Good For Drugs curriculum. The Project Toward No Drug Abuse curriculum is evidence-based and teaches students how to have better relationship skills, increase self-esteem, fight stereotypes, and set short- and long-term goals.
This program is not for youth who are already experimenting with drugs or experiencing legal issues due to drug use. The intention of this program is to continue to educate youth about the consequences of drugs use.
This is a 12 session program, 45 minutes per session.