Student Leadership Services (SLS) participating in National Study


Student Leadership Services, Inc. (SLS) a non-profit founded in Michigan in 1982 to provide youth-led programs based on youth development theories, drug prevention principles and youth leadership practices in an integrated comprehensive approach will be participating in a National Study implementing Botivin LifeSkills Training (LST-BPP) Bullying Prevention Program for the 2019-2020 school year.  Sixth and seventh grade students from Mason Middle School (Waterford), Royal Oak Middle School (Royal Oak) and Auburn Hills Christian School (Auburn Hills) will be participating. The LST-BPP curriculum is designed to teach students about topics such as bullying and cyberbullying, risk-taking, decision-making for health, managing stress and anger, and family communications. The program also includes an online educational game and resources for teachers and parents. National Health Promotion Associates (NHPA), is the research firm that develops, tests and distributes this program. NHPA, along with 30 middle schools, will be conducting a study funded by National Institutes of Health to evaluate this middle school curriculum. SLS Program Director Dawn Flood, LMSW, CPC-R and Prevention Specialist Elizabeth Kurkowski will be the instructors of LST-BPP program.


Botvin LifeSkills Training Program (  we will be teaching students how to make healthy decisions along with other important topics.  SLS’ intention is to support students in feeling more confident and more empowered in their daily live by making positive life- long decisions. SLS applies these strategies to real life situations.


SLS implements the program while engaging students through interaction and providing a safe and supportive environment. SLS incorporates Cooperative Learning strategies through instruction, hands-on-activities, interactive game, etc. SLS implements not only Botvin LifeSkills, but other evidenced-based programs such as: Strengthening Families Program (SFP), Guiding Good Choices (GGC), Prime for Life (PFL) and their own Nationally Certified student-led high school program Students Leading Students (SLS) and middle school program Students Taking A New Direction (STAND). These programs are funded by Oakland Community Health Network for Oakland County Schools. To learn more about SLS Programs visit