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North Oakland Community Coalition brings LST to Lake Orion, MI

North Oakland Community Coalition (NOCC) in Lake Orion, Michigan completed the inaugural session of their Botvin LifeSkills Training program, EmPOWER5 at Paint Creek Elementary School.  Thanks to a grant from the Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority-Substance Use Disorder Services, NOCC was able to offer the program to all four 5th grade classes during winter of 2017. 

Based on preliminary data from the Botvin LifeSkills Training survey, most of the students said they learned about making good decisions, they learned to think about advertising in a different way, they learned how to confront a bully or to say no when offered drugs or tobacco and most said they “enjoyed the hour long sessions and learned a lot” 

Mrs. Lauren Smith, Paint Creek principal, said “We are so appreciative of North Oakland Community Coalition to offer our 5th grade students this opportunity to expand and deepen their thinking for when they are faced with making difficult decisions.  All students, at one time or another are in situations when the decisions they make will either help or hurt them as individuals.  We believe in providing the best information for our students so they choose to make the decisions that will benefit themselves and others in their peer group.” 

NOCC plans to offer the program to the new 5th grade students at Paint Creek in winter of 2018 but also plans to include another Lake Orion elementary school in autumn of 2017.


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