LifeSkills Training (LST) Grants
LifeSkills Training (LST) is a universal social and emotional skills building/drug and violence prevention curriculum designed for all students in middle school (grades 6-8 or 7-9) and high school (grade 9 or 10). The programs are typically delivered by classroom teachers, but can also be delivered by other school staff, school resource officers, or mental health professionals. The middle school program is a three-year curriculum that contains 15 days of core lessons in Level 1, 10 days in Level 2, and 5 days in Level 3, plus optional violence prevention lessons. The high school program is a single-year curriculum that contains 10 sessions. LST aligns well with health topics, but can be taught in any class that is taken by all students, including advisory, social studies, English language arts, science, math, etc. The implementation area is determined by the school/district.
CSPV was accepting grant applications from schools, districts, or educational agencies in the following states to implement the Botvin LifeSkills Training Middle School and/or High School Program: AL, AZ, GA, IL, KY, LA, MI, NV, NM, OK, PA, TN, VA, and WV. A separate grant was being offered to support the Botvin LifeSkills Training High School program in Colorado and Ohio schools.
These Middle and High School grants provide funding for teacher training, teacher stipends or substitute-teacher reimbursement for trainings, teacher manuals, and consumable student workbooks as well as program sustainability planning and attendance at a Training of Trainers workshop (the last two are available to the grants offered to the 14 states). CSPV monitors program fidelity to ensure schools implement the program as designed, thereby increasing positive outcomes for students and schools.
Please see the Program Information page for documents describing both LST Programs, including lesson topics, sample lessons, and curriculum alignments including Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies.
Typically, there is enough funding to support all schools that apply for these grants as long as they meet implementation fidelity requirements. The application deadlines for all grants closed in mid-February 2022.