OUR MISSION

Port Chester Cares is a group of individuals, invested in the community, working together in the area of the Port Chester School District to promote positive, safe, productive and healthy lives for all. We achieve this through research, education, and advocacy and by focusing our resources to reduce youth substance abuse and other high risk behavior and promote positive outcomes.


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(GPS 55 South Main Street)

One Gateway Plaza, 4th Floor

Port Chester, New York 10573

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LIFE SKILLS TRAINING

A research-validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence. Port Chester Cares currently teaches to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders at Port Chester Middle School.


PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Botvin LifeSkills Training Middle School program is a groundbreaking substance abuse and violence prevention program based on more than 30 years of rigorous scientific research. Now updated with new graphics, references and statistics, it is proven to be the most effective evidence-based program used in schools today. LifeSkills Training is comprehensive, dynamic, and developmentally designed to promote positive youth development. In addition to helping kids resist drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, the LifeSkills Training Middle School program also effectively supports the reduction of violence and other high-risk behaviors.


PROGRAM LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Personal Self-Management Skills: Students develop skills that help them enhance self-esteem, develop problem-solving abilities, reduce stress and anxiety, and manage anger.

General Social Skills: Students gain skills to meet personal challenges such as overcoming shyness, communicating clearly, building relationships, and avoiding violence.

Drug Resistance Skills: Students build effective defenses against pressures to use tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.


PROGRAM STRUCTURE

• Grades 6-8

• The program is designed to be taught in sequence over three years in middle school. The curriculum is intended to be taught sequentially to build on skills learned in the previous levels.