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Botvin LifeSkills Training Launches Free Companion Website


WHITE PLAINS, NY Botvin LifeSkills Training announced today the launch of their Middle School Companion Website. The free Companion Website is for use with the award-winning LifeSkills Training (LST) Middle School program, a ground-breaking substance abuse and violence prevention program based on more than 25 years of rigorous scientific research.

The LST Middle School Companion Website consists of two user-friendly sites, one for teachers and one for students. Each level of the curriculum has its own set of activities, which include a crossword puzzle, concentration-style game, and self-check quiz for each unit. All activities reinforce vocabulary and concepts presented in the unit. There is also a resources section for teachers to access information related to the curriculum.

"This companion website is a powerful tool for teachers and students," said program developer Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin. "Its ease of use allows for the seamless integration of the LST Middle School curriculum into the online environment."

In addition to helping students resist drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, the LifeSkills Training Middle School program also effectively helps to reduce violence and other high-risk behaviors. The program focuses on three main domains: Personal Self-Management Skills, which provide students with skills for enhancing self-esteem, learning creative problem-solving, reducing stress and anxiety, and managing anger; General Social Skills, which empower students with skills to meet personal challenges such as overcoming shyness, communicating clearly, building relationships, and avoiding violence; and Drug Resistance Skills, which enable help students to resist pressures to use tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.

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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