Botvin LifeSkills Training
Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is an evidence-based substance misuse and violence prevention program. LST’s primary goal is to prevent youth from engaging in risky behaviors that will jeopardize their health and well‐being. Botvin LifeSkills Training focuses on teaching youth drug resistance skills as well as personal management, interpersonal and social skills, dealing with peer pressure, making good decisions, reducing stress and anxiety, and conflict resolution. These skills are important protective factors that result in delayed initiation of illegal substances, decreased use of substances, and decreased aggressive behaviors. LST has been extensively tested and proven effective at reducing tobacco, alcohol, opioid, and illicit drug use by as much as 80%.
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Botvin LifeSkills Training Session Topics
LST for middle school students is 15 lessons that are about 45 minutes long and are offered in classrooms. Below are the topics covered across LST lessons.
Students learn information about marijuana to counter common myths and misconceptions that they may have encountered. They learn how to analyze information, check assumptions, and consider pros and cons.
Students gain awareness about the techniques advertisers use to manipulate consumer behavior and to teach students how to resist these efforts. Students learn how to analyze ads, recognize techniques, and separate fact from fiction.
Interested in participating in LST?
There are PROSPER partners in many communities across Pennsylvania. Search for a PROSPER community near you to learn if your community offers LST.