LifeSkills Training Program Grant
Altria Client Services, on behalf of Philip Morris USA, John Middleton Co., and U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC, has awarded the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) funding to disseminate the LifeSkills Training (LST) drug and alcohol prevention program in several states. The grant allows CSPV to provide three years of training and technical assistance and program materials to eligible schools or districts. Sites also receive sustainability training and technical assistance to aid them in developing and implementing a plan to sustain the LST program.
The main goal of the LST program is to substantially reduce drug use among young adolescents by teaching prevention-related information, promoting anti-drug norms, teaching drug refusal skills, and fostering the development of personal self-management skills and general social skills. There are also optional violence prevention lessons in the curriculum that focus on anger management and conflict resolution skills.
Through this grant, schools in the following states have received funding to replicate the LST program: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia.
LST Implementation Resources
An additional goal of this grant is to provide online resources for sites implementing the LifeSkills Training program. CSPV has made implementation resources such as the application, program cost calculator, feasibility, training evaluation and process evaluation materials available online for other sites replicating the LifeSkills Training program. Process evaluation materials, such as implementation fidelity checklists as well as questionnaires for teachers and program coordinators, may be used to assist sites in measuring whether the program is being implemented with fidelity (as it was designed). In lieu of a costly full-scale outcome evaluation, a process evaulation in conjunction with pre-post measures, which can be found on the LifeSkills Training program's website, can help determine the effectiveness of the program at a school.