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Al's Pals

The program provides teachers with a toolbox of skills and techniques that help teachers model and reinforce Al's Pals concepts for first, second, and third grade students throughout the day. The program strengthens the abilities of teachers and parents to help children develop key personal, social, and emotional skills which form the foundation for future success in life.

Lifeskills Training

The Life Skills curriculum was developed by Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, a psychologist at Cornell University, to provide an organized way for all elementary (4-5 grade) and junior high school students (6-8 grade) to learn important skills. Dr. Botvin discovered that students who received this program not only were better prepared to deal with the challenges of life, but were less likely to smoke, drink, or use drugs. The Lifeskills Training program is an exciting new breakthrough which not only prevents tobacco, alcohol and drug abuse, but teaches the knowledge and skills necessary to:

  • Increase self-esteem
  • Increase ability to make decisions and solve problems
  • Communicate effectively
  • Avoid misunderstandings
  • Manage anxiety
  • Make new friends
  • Stand up for your rights
  • Say "no" to unfair requests
  • Resist advertising pressures, and
  • Resist pressure to use drugs

Questions? Contact Linda B. Askew, LCSW, Supervisor, Student Assistance, Youth Development at:

  • Office: (757) 591-4658
  • Mobile: (757) 508-8326
  • Fax: (757) 595-2017