LifeSkills Training

LifeSkills Training Program Grants

CSPV has been identifying evidence-based programs since 1996 and helping communities to replicate these programs for nearly two decades, which has provided an opportunity to learn about program replication successes and challenges. Two funding opportunities (below) are available to implement the LifeSkills Training (LST) middle school 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.

National Grant

Through an ongoing grant funded by Altria Client Services, on behalf of Philip Morris USA, John Middleton Co., and U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC, over 300 schools in 16 states have replicated the LST program with fidelity to the program model.

Additional funding has been allocated to replicate the LST program in select states (AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MS, OH, PA, TN, VA, WV), and the application process is now open for funding to begin fall 2019. The grant allows CSPV to provide three years of training and technical assistance as well as program materials to eligible schools or districts. Sites also receive sustainability training and assistance to aid them in developing and implementing a plan to sustain the LST program. Grant information and application materials may be obtained here.

Colorado Grant

The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) received funding from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to disseminate the LifeSkills Training (LST) program in the state of Colorado. The grant allows CSPV to provide four years of training and technical assistance as well as 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.
Grant information and application materials may be obtained here.

LST Implementation Resources

An additional goal of the Altria 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.