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August 30, 2017

Thursday, August 31 is Overdose Awareness Day. The Partnership for Drug Free Kids created the following social media tools for prevention partners:

 

Find the toolkit here: https://drugfree.org/newsroom/news-item/overdose-awareness-day-2017/

 

 

 

August 30, 2017

The grant is for all districts and youth-serving community organizations, serving middle school aged youth, but priority will be given to those schools and organizations serving youth and communities in greatest need or risk of substance use, as well as those sites who were funded for the program in SY 2016-17 and plan to fund a new cohort of students.

The grant will pay for all student and teacher materials for all students in your school or site that will participate in the curriculum. It will also pay for the required instructor and data collection training as well as a stipend for data entry.

Grant applications can be submitted through iGrants, a secure application within OSPI’s Education Data System.  Eligible applicants include school districts, charter school districts, tribal compact schools, public schools, colleges/universities, and non-profit organizations.  The LifeSkills Training Middle School grant application is form package 761.  The grant is due by Sept. 21.  Applications will be accepted and approved on a rolling basis until all grant funds are committed.  Earlier submission is encouraged to determine training needs and secure funds. 

To learn more about the program, see the LifeSkills Training website at www.lifeskillstraining.com, or contact Krissy Johnson at OSPI, at 360-725-6045 or krissy.johnson@k12.wa.us.

August 25, 2017

 

LIFESKILLS TRAINING MIDDLE SCHOOL GRANT OPPORTUNITY

 

There is an opportunity to apply to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for funding for implementation of an evidence-based prevention program to address marijuana and other substance use in your school or youth-serving organization. This grant is for the Middle School LifeSkills Training program helps young people develop refusal/intervention skills to prevent and reduce the use or abuse of marijuana and other harmful substances. The program has also been shown to reduce school violence and bullying, as well as improve school climate. It is a three-level program that is generally provided to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, over a three-year period. 

 

The grant is for all districts and youth-serving community organizations, serving middle school aged youth, but priority will be given to those schools and organizations serving youth and communities in greatest need or risk of substance use, as well as those sites who were funded for the program in SY 2016-17 and plan to fund a new cohort of students.

 

The grant will pay for all student and teacher materials for all students in your school or site that will participate in the curriculum. It will also pay for the required instructor and data collection training as well as a stipend for data entry.

 

To learn more about the program, see the LifeSkills Training website at www.lifeskillstraining.com, or

contact Krissy Johnson at OSPI, at 360-725-6045 or krissy.johnson@k12.wa.us.

August 25, 2017

TEST POST -- this is a direct copy-and-paste from current site.

This message is to announce a FREE facilitator training opportunity from the American Lung Association in Washington. Trainings provide certification in Not On Tobacco program to help teens quit smoking or the Freedom From Smoking program for adult smoking cessation. We hope you can join us.

Please note: Washington residents register free with discount code: freereg

 

Requirement: It is the policy of the American Lung Association that

Facilitators be tobacco free (including use of electronic cigarettes)

in order to conduct the program.

Trainings will be held at the Spokane Regional Health District

Please share with this opportunity with anyone that might be interested in becoming certified to lead smoking cessation groups in the community for teens or adults. For questions, I can be contacted directly at lora.mednick@lung.org or by phone (206) 512-3291 for more information.

August 25, 2017

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The Washington State Department of Health has begun promoting a Youth Suicide Awareness campaign called Start a Convo, Safe a Life.

The DOH learned from high school students that it’s difficult to reach out to friends or classmates who seem depressed, hopeless, or unusually angry to ask them if they are thinking about suicide.  The goal of Start a Convo, Save a Life campaign is to help students know that it is okay, even necessary, to start that conversation.

High School Cafeteria Event
As part of this campaign, High School Cafeteria Events will be held.  For this event, printouts of text messages are posted throughout the cafeteria so that students can engage with them during lunch time. There are two kinds of printouts for the event: one set shows messages that students might receive from friends who are at-risk and the other set is possible conversation starters. The printouts can be used in conjunction with posters in hallways and restrooms.

See the attached for additional information, including no cost materials and resources.

If you are interested in holding a high school cafeteria youth suicide prevention awareness event, contact Sigrid Reinert at Sigrid.Reinert@doh.wa.gov or (360) 236-2843.

August 11, 2017

The Combined block grants for Mental Health and Substance Abuse require that we post the application on our website for public comment.

Click the link below to open up a copy of the Unified Block Grant:          
FFY18-19 WA State Unified Block Grant Application

 

Please forward questions and comments to:  claremm@dshs.wa.gov

 

August 2, 2017

 

Coaches, teachers, parents and healthcare providers play a critical role in in the development of active and healthy lifestyles of teens.  These lifestyles, in turn, enhance youth performance and success in sports, school, career and life. 

 

What are the building blocks of an active, healthy and high-performance youth lifestyle?  They consist of key behaviors that need to be increased, some that must be avoided, and effective communication strategies adults should use to help youth achieve positive growth in their lives. 

 

The key behaviors that need to be increased for youth to live a fit, healthy and successful life are: 1) participating in regular physical activity and sports, 2) eating healthy foods, 3) getting adequate sleep, and 4) controlling stress.

 

It is not enough, however, to just increase these four health, fitness and performance-enhancing habits.  Teens also need to avoid risky behaviors that sabotage their wellness and fitness goals, especially harmful substance use including alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other illicit drug consumption.

 

The good news is there are proven, effective communication strategies coaches, teachers, parents and health professionals can use to motivate and empower teens to live highly active, productive, healthy, and happy lives. 

 

Below I’ll discuss the 6 keys for improving the health and performance of youth who do (and those who don’t) participate in school sports.

 

Read more:

http://preventionpluswellness.com/2017/08/youth-in-school-sports/

 

 

August 2, 2017

 

Tuesday August 22nd, 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT

 

1-hour duration

 

Objectives:

 

1.   Describe why Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) programs are critical to youth health, fitness and performance in sports, school and life.  

 

2.   List the program, training and materials options offered at Prevention Plus Wellness, LLC.

 

3.   Explain the key components, outcomes and uses of the evidence-based SPORT PPW and InShape PPW programs.

 

Register today, limited seating:

 

https://preventionpluswellness.clickmeeting.com/youth-substance-use-prevention-programs-with-fitness-and-health-promotion/register?_ga=2.239566724.601272041.1501700173-357539601.1484052215

 

To inquire: 904-472-5022.

 

Please share this important information with others in your area and state.  Thank you.

 

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