May 28, 2015
LifeSkills Training Aimed at Reducing Drug Use Available to All
Middle School Students
4,800 Students Have already Received Training
Pennsylvania Middle School students will again have the opportunity to receive
LifeSkills Training (LST). This program aims to substantially reduce drug use
among adolescents by teaching prevention-related strategies, promoting
anti-drug norms, teaching drug refusal skills, and fostering the development of
personal self-management and general social skills. Lessons in the curriculum
also focus on anger management and conflict resolution skills.
than a dozen studies have shown that LST dramatically reduces tobacco, alcohol,
and marijuana use, reduces multidrug use, and also decreases use of inhalants,
narcotics, and hallucinogens. Further, these studies have shown that the
program works with a diverse range of adolescents, produces long-lasting results,
and is effective when taught by teachers.
Chairman Josh Shapiro, along with other State Agencies, such as the Departments
of Education, Drug and Alcohol Programs, Health, and Human Services, strongly
encourages schools to register for this opportunity. “LST is an essential tool
for schools that can help keep students drug and alcohol free and thereby
improve their academic performance. The program teaches kids basic life skills,
personal competence, and skills related to resisting social influences and peer
pressure that promote substance use. And at no expense to our districts, this
is a wonderful chance to help our youth,” said Chairman Shapiro.
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) has supported LST
through funding and technical assistance for over a decade. Most
recently, approximately 4,800 students across 35 school districts participated
in LST through a prior funding initiative offered by the Center of Study and
Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado.
University of Colorado is again offering the opportunity for Pennsylvania
schools to register for staff training on the LST model and receive copies of
the curriculum for use in their classrooms at no cost. Training will
occur during the summer of 2016, with the program offered for three years
beginning with the 2016/17 school year.
drug abuse and overdoses at historically unprecedented rates, using best
practice school-based prevention programming, like LifeSkills Training, has
become a life-and-death matter for our young people,” said Gary Tennis,
Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.
Secretary Pedro Rivera of the Department of Education added, “The more students
engage in opportunities and strategies focused on preventing drug and alcohol
use, the more successful Pennsylvania will be in combating their negative
impacts on families and communities across the Commonwealth,” Rivera said.
“Offering life skills training in our schools will have a lasting impact on the
lives of students and the communities we serve.”
more information about this initiative or to apply for this opportunity, please
The deadline to register is October 31, 2015.
Matthew Leonard, 717.265.8539
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