The LifeSkills Training program was established to teach students a combination of health information, general life skills, and drug-resistance skills including tobacco prevention that will help them lead happy, healthy, successful lives. LifeSkills Training can be implemented by administrators, school health coordinators, and any teacher interested in offering it as part of their curriculum.
LifeSkills Training was developed by Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, a psychologist at Cornell University. Designed for use with middle school students, the program represents an exciting breakthrough in substance-abuse prevention, including tobacco prevention. It was designed to respond to the disturbing facts about youth and tobacco use.
There are many levels of the LifeSkills Training program; PTM supports LifeSkills for middle school grades 6-8. Training tailored to this age group was the first to be developed and thoroughly evaluated. When it is implemented in the recommended time frame, the program has been shown to reduce tobacco use by students up to 60%.
LifeSkills Training addresses all the major factors leading adolescents to use drugs by teaching a combination of health information, general life skills, and drug-resistance skills. They include:
PTM provides workshops in LifeSkills Training and resources to educators who want to incorporate the LifeSkills Training program into middle school curricula. Workshops are held throughout the year. Two teachers per school are permitted to participate, and materials include 30 student guides and an instructor guide.