Life Skills Curriculum


The Life Skills class at Stowe Middle School includes units on Advertising and Media Messages, ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs), Communication Skills, and Positive School Culture.  Our School Counselor, Wendy Shea, and our SAP Counselor, Pierre Laflamme, co-teach the class.  One of the many resources we use for class is the LifeSkills Training program.

The LifeSkills Middle School program is a research-validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. This comprehensive program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations. LifeSkills Training (LST) is a groundbreaking substance abuse and violence prevention program based on more than 25 years of rigorous scientific research and is one of the most effective evidence-based programs used in schools today. In addition to helping kids resist drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, LST also effectively helps to reduce violence and other high-risk behaviors.

LifeSkills Training 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.

Program Components

Rather than merely teaching information about the dangers of drug abuse, Botvin LifeSkills Training promotes healthy alternatives to risky behavior through activities designed to:

Curriculum Outline

Class projects may include the following: