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LST Launches New Program to Prepare Students Transitioning from High School


WHITE PLAINS, NY - Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST), an evidence-based substance abuse and violence prevention program, is pleased to announce the launch of Transitions, a unique program designed to help adolescents navigate the transition from high school into the workforce and higher education. This exciting addition to the LST programs allows school districts and community-based organizations to provide to prepare their upper secondary students for successful futures.

LifeSkills Training Transitions is a highly interactive skills-based program that promotes health and personal development. The program contains six engaging sessions, as well as a companion website and podcasts.  The program contains relevant topics and skills for teens such as decision-making, managing stress, and managing time and money.

"Research has shown that engaging young people in pro-social activities and encouraging them to use life skills can lead to a decrease in risk behavior such as drug-use and drinking," said program developer Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin. "School-to-work programs contribute to the overall well-being and healthy development of youth by providing greater opportunities for exploration and an increased desire to meet their goals."

The program is based on the research and evidence demonstrated through more than 25 scientific studies of the Botvin LifeSkills Training approach and can be used as a maintenance level for LifeSkills Training High School program or as a stand-alone program.


About Botvin LifeSkills Training Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is a highly effective evidence-based substance abuse and violence prevention program with more than 25 years of peer-reviewed research behind it. Studies testing its effectiveness have found that LST can reduce the prevalence of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use by as much as 80 percent. The program was developed by Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, professor of Public Health and Psychiatry at Cornell University's Weill Medical College and director of Cornell's Institute for Prevention Research. Dr. Botvin is also founder and president of National Health Promotion Associates which markets health materials. LST has been used with youth in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and in 32 countries around the world. LST is included in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) and has been cited for excellence by numerous organizations including the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (part of the U.S. Department of Justice). Recently LST was selected as a Top Tier prevention program by the Coalition for Evidence-based Policy, an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization in Washington, DC.

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