Grant Opportunity for Colorado schools/districts

Written by: Jacqueline Tiwonge Nkhonjera
Date Posted: November 20, 2020

Life Skills training is needed now more than ever! In response to this need, The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) at the University of Colorado Boulder is seeking Colorado schools containing grade 9 to implement the Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) High School program. This grant opportunity comes at a critical time when COVID-19 has impacted budgets and demanded social-emotional competencies and healthy coping strategies. It is also an opportunity to address the recent surge in the use of e-vaping products among youth.

What will this program do?

The program seeks to address risk taking behaviors by focusing on healthy decision-making, social-emotional competencies, and substance use refusal skills. Ultimately, this comprehensive approach is designed to help student’s value lifelong health at no cost to eligible schools!

What are some of the program highlights?

  • Includes 10 sessions delivered to students in grade 9.
  • Develops skills for managing emotions, family communication, and healthy relationships. Addresses key risk factors for substance use.
  • Aligns with Colorado standards for health education.
  • Applicable across cultural communities, race, gender, and geographies.

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Jacqueline Tiwonge Nkhonjera

About Jacqueline Tiwonge Nkhonjera

Jacqueline Nkhonjera is the Communications and Advocacy Fellow for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. In this role, she supports strategic advocacy and communications tactics. This includes digital and print communications as well as community outreach and engagement. Before coming to the Children’s Campaign, Jacqueline worked as a public policy fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Colorado, and as a journalist at the National Public Radio (NPR) Education Desk. She graduated from Colorado College in May of 2020 with a degree in Political Science.