LMTI recognizes the critical necessity for prevention methods to be based on research and evidence. We use multiple layers of evidence based prevention practices to make certain that our unique programming meets the needs of your students and community- and the requirements of your funding sources.
LMTI’s Action Planning process is based on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHSA) Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) model. This system allows students to engage in a five step process that has been proven to help groups create effective prevention programming in their schools and/or communities. Through the SPF, LMTI leaders make active and meaningful contributions in a process that not only engages them fully, and also gets real results. Click here for more information on the SPF.
Environmental Change Strategies
Environmental change strategies incorporate prevention efforts aimed at changing or influencing community conditions, standards, institutions, structures, systems and policies. While at LMTI, young leaders learn to recognize the differences between individual change strategies and environmental strategies. All LMTI students attend experiential workshops that provide examples of environmental strategies that they can utilize in their schools and communities to address challenges they’ve identified with their Action Groups. LMTI leaders also learn about CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) “Seven Strategies to Affect Community Change”, which, when implemented together, increase the likelihood of effectively reducing problems at the community level.
Individual Change Strategies
LMTI also involves programming aimed at helping participants develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to change their own behavior while influencing the behavior of their peers in a positive manner. LMTI includes an emphasis on life and social skills, interactions amongst participants, norms for and a commitment to not using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, and peer-led programming. These components have all been identified by SAMHSA as components of successful prevention programs.