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Botvin LifeSkills Program Funded through State Prevention

Rapid City Journal

"Newell -- Each Monday, Sabrina Harmon, Whatever It Takes Coalition director, teaches one LifeSkills Training class per day for each of the sixth through ninth grades in the Newell School District.

Theprogram, which is funded by the South Dakota State Prevention Program helped to purchase the materials used in the classes. Harmon will be reapplying by March 1 in hopes of receiving funding next year. The program was created to work with students from third through ninth grades, but Harmon had to adjust due to the size of the district. The material has been endorsed by the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Assn, and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Drug Strategies, Inc., the National Center for Drug Control, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the White House Office of Drug Policy.

Harmon is going more in-depth than required, spending three to four weeks on each chapter topic. Those topics include Self Image and Self Improvement, Making Decisions, Smoking Myths and Realities, Smoking and Biofeedback, Alcohol Myths and Realities, Marijuana Myths and Realities, Advertising, Violence in the Media, Coping with Anxiety, Coping with Anger, Communication Skills, Social Skills, Assertiveness and Resolving Conflicts."

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