The Council provides the following programs for elementary and middle school students, with the overall goal to preclude the onset of the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs by youth and to foster the development of social and physical environments that facilitate healthy, drug-free lifestyles:
Botvin LifeSkills™ Training Program is an evidence-based prevention curriculum consisting of eight sequential sessions in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. It is designed to teach children three major skill components: drug resistance skills, personal self-management, and general social skills. Research shows that students who develop skills in these three domains are far less likely to engage in a wide range of high-risk behaviors. Prevention Specialists also conduct presentations to parenting groups as an opportunity to learn and use cooperative activities with their children.
Botvins LifeSkills™ Training for Middle Schools is an evidence-based prevention program implemented with middle school youth enrolled in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades. The program uses effective drug prevention strategies designed to change behavior and increase awareness. Through behavioral rehearsals and receiving up-to-date knowledge about alcohol and other drugs, students gain awareness of “pro-drug media messages” and develop resistance, personal-management, problem-solving, decision-making, effective communication and general social skills.
Project Alert is an evidence-based prevention program for middle school youth, who are “at high risk” for potentially using drugs. The program aims to motivate adolescents to not use alcohol, tobacco and other drugs by teaching them effective resistance skills. This program focuses on preventing the onset of use and intervening so those who are experimenters do not become regular users. The program also seeks to decrease “risk factors” that have been demonstrated to predict drug use.