LifeSkills Training

LifeSkills Training Program Grants

Through funding from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), CSPV is currently offering schools in Colorado containing grades 6-8 or 7-9 four years of funding to implement the LifeSkills Training (LST) program beginning in fall 2018. LifeSkills Training is a universal skill building/drug and violence prevention curriculum designed for ALL students in grades 6-8 or 7-9. The program is typically delivered by classroom teachers, although it can also be delivered by other school staff, School Resource Officers, or Mental Health professionals. The curriculum contains 15 days of core lessons in Level 1, 10 in Level 2, and 5 in Level 3. It aligns well with Health topics, but implementation area is up to the school/district. The grant pays for costs to implement the LST program for four years, including teacher training (years 1-3), teacher stipends or substitute-teacher reimbursement for trainings, teacher manuals, and consumable student workbooks. The grant also includes program sustainability planning and attendance at a Training of Trainers workshop.

Application Materials

School districts in Colorado are invited to apply for this four-year grant through fall 2017. The deadline for applications is October 27, 2017.

Along with a completed application, each district must submit a signed superintendent letter, as well as a signed principal letter and completed LST Participating Schools form for each participating school. Superintendent and principal letters can be found in the Application Letters file. The LST Participating Schools form is located on the last page of the Application file.

An applicant may be a school district, individual school, group of schools from a district or other educational/mental health agency. If more than one school from the same district plans to apply for the grant, those schools should work together to submit a single application. Schools that have taught the LST program in the past or are currently teaching it are eligible to apply.

Colorado Funding Announcement

Colorado Application Files:

  • Application (MS Word)
    Instructions and brief application form. The last page of the Application file is the LST Participating Schools form. One LST Participating Schools form must be completed for each school included in the application.
  • Application Fact Sheets
    Information sheets about their role in the grant for Teachers, Site Coordinators and Classroom Observers.
  • Application Letters
    Letters to be signed by the superintendent as well as the principal of each participating school.

Please see the Program Information page for documents describing the LST Program and its contents as well as a sample lesson.

Through separate funding from Altria Client Services, CSPV has helped over 300 schools in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and the District of Columbia to replicate the middle school curriculum of the LifeSkills Training (LST) program with fidelity.
CSPV is not currently accepting applications in these states, however, this application process is expected to open again during the 2017-2018 school year for funding to begin teaching the LST program during fall 2019. Please check back to obtain application information.