LifeSkills Training (LST) is a proven, highly effective, substance abuse prevention program designed to: provide students with the necessary skills to resist social pressures to smoke, drink and use drugs; to help them develop greater self-esteem, self-mastery, and self-confidence; to enable children to effectively cope with social anxiety; to increase their knowledge of the immediate consequences of substance use.
The Elementary level is for implementation in grades 3-4-5 or 4-5-6 and it consists of 8 lessons for each of the three years. The Middle School level is for implementation in grades 6-7-8 or 7-8-9 and it consists of 15 lessons the first year, 10 lessons the second year and 5 lessons the third year. A High School Level manual is also available.
SD Dept of Social Services Prevention Program and the SD Dept of Health Tobacco Control Program collaborate to offer LST curriculum training across South Dakota. Participants who go through the LST curriculum training can receive reimbursement for travel expenses.. Following the program the SD Tobacco Program will provide additional LifeSkills material, including teacher manuals and student guides at no charge to schools who commit to implementing the curriculum for at least one full school year. Click here for the Life Skills Commitment Form
LifeSkills Training lessons have been aligned to the SD Language Arts Core Content Standards and SD Health Standards.
Click on the links below to access the LifeSkills Training Alignment that fits your need: