Statewide Drug Prevention & Lifeskills Program

The Botvin LifeSkills Training Program (LST) is FREE for Delaware students 8- to 14-years-old. This comprehensive and exciting program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations. Developed by Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, a leading prevention expert, LST is backed by over 30 scientific studies and is recognized as a Model or Exemplary program by an array of government agencies including the U.S. Department of Education and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

Our trained instructors cover topics such as tobacco, drug and alcohol prevention, assertiveness, anger management, self image and communication skills. Each student is required to take an anonymous pre-assessment survey and post-assessment survey. Students will also receive a celebration gift at the completion of the program.

The following programs are offered to students in after-school and school based settings.

Elementary School Program (3rd to 6th)  
Eight, 30 minute sessions  
Program Topics:  
1. Self-Esteem 5. Dealing with Stress
2. Decision Making 6. Communication Skills

3. Smoking Information

7. Social Skills
4. Advertising 8. Assertiveness
Middle School Program (Grades 6th to 9th)  
13, 45 minutes -one hour sessions  
Program Topics:  

1. Self Image

7. Violence & the Media
2. Decision Making 8. Coping with Anxiey
3. Smoking 9. Coping with Anger
4. Alcohol 10. Communication
5. Marijuana 11. Social Skills
6. Advertising 12. Assertiveness
  13. Resolving Conflicts


For more information or to have Botvin LifeSkills taught at your site please contact Lindsay Hughes at or 302-856-2585 ext. 523.

Grab-n-go activities

Statewide Drug Prevention & Lifeskills Program | Cooperative Extension | University of Delaware

Wellness Wheel

Prevention Education

There are 8 aspects of wellness: physical, social, emotional, intellectual, environmental, spiritual, occupational and financial, this resource site offers a wholistic and evolving approach to positive youth development and prevention of youth engaging in risky behaviors, choosing to live a wellness lifestyle and being role models in their communities.  

Statewide Drug Prevention & Lifeskills Program | Cooperative Extension | University of Delaware

Additional resources

An impact recap of the 2019 Delaware 4-H Escape the vape program, funded by a 6-month mini grant from the American Lung Association.
Information for parents, youth workers, volunteers and professionals who are interested in current trends in youth tobacco, drug and alcohol use in Delaware.
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund are the leading advocacy organizations working to reduce tobacco use and its deadly consequences in the United States and around the world.
A variety of services which enable the children to achieve academic and social success.