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  • Latest Research Findings on Relationship Smarts PLUS!

    Auburn UniversityRelationship Education and Classroom Climate Impact on Adolescents’ Standards For Partners/Relationships

    The effectiveness of relationship education has been supported for youth in correcting faulty relationship beliefs and forming conflict management skills; however, there is very limited research addressing whether relationship education matters for building or modifying relationship standards for romantic partners or relationships.

    Furthermore, whether and how social climate could add to or moderate curriculum effects has not been considered. Using a sample of 1,808 students nested in 106 high school family and consumer science classes in a southern state, this study examined the impact of the general youth-focused relationship education curriculum, Relationship Smarts PLUS, and classroom social climate on one ideal standard for relationship partners, warmth/trustworthiness, and one for romantic relationships, intimacy/loyalty.

    Findings revealed significant and positive curriculum main effects on both standards, while controlling for classroom context.

  • The Dibble Institute Wins REVERE Award for Healthy Choices, Healthy Relationships

    Award from Association of American Publishers (AAP) honors The Dibble Institute for excellence in educational products

    Healthy Choices, Healthy Relationships Revere Award Golden Lamp WinnerWashington, DC; June 3, 2015 – The Dibble Institute is pleased to announce that Healthy Choices, Healthy Relationships was named the winner for classroom supplemental resources at the REVERE Awards Gala on June 3. The award was given for the creation of Healthy Choices, Healthy Relationships (HCHR), which is designed to help adolescents prepare for optimum success in relationships that are central to life. Throughout the lessons, the participants gain information and skills for improving individual wellness, self-esteem, and the ability to relate to others in healthy ways.The REVERE (Recognizing Valuable Educational Resources) Awards recognize creative resources that engage 21st century teachers and learners. Produced by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) PreK-12 Learning Group, the awards are the only of their kind to distinguish learning resources in all media, for all ages, and covering a wide array of educational subject areas and learning environments.The Dibble Institute is dedicated to providing quality materials to equip young people with the skills and knowledge they need to build healthy romantic lives now and in the future. We are thrilled that the judges recognized the creativity of author, Char Kamper, who made HCHR possible.“This year’s winners present an impressive slate of learning resources across all educational settings. While it was difficult to chose just one winner in supplemental resources we were excited to present a REVERE Award to The Dibble Institute for Healthy Choices, Healthy Relationships” said REVERE Awards Judge and Awards committee chairperson, Eric Hamilton, Assistant Director, NCSLET Administration at the American Museum of Natural History.Award winners were evaluated through in-person events and remote judging by 100 evaluators in the education and publishing industries. Along with comments and recommendations given by judges, key principles that drove the evaluation of winners were: quality content and design, audience engagement and appropriateness, usability and originality, and effectiveness. For a full list of winners, click here. Also visit the Awards Gallery which features 2015 winners and finalists.

  • The Dibble Institute makes the S&I 100 Index! SI100 Logo

    We are pleased to announce that The Dibble Institute is now listed as one of 100 high-impact nonprofits that have been carefully vetted through a comprehensive selection process. More than 150 experts participated in a cross-sector collaborative effort to identify and assess the nonprofits that have been selected to be part of the Index. The Dibble Institute was selected because of our:

    • Impact – We have effective, high-impact interventions serving large numbers of individuals in need.
    •  Growth – We are expanding to serve more people nationally with our successful programs.
    • Evidence – We have demonstrated impact validated by third-party studies available on our site.
  • Georgia Extension: Relationship Smarts PLUS 2012 Impact Report

    UGA Cooperative Extension is making an impact in Georgia! Since 2008, 57 county Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H Extension agents across 43 counties, as well as 104 community professionals from 10 counties have been trained by UGA Cooperative Extension in the Relationship Smarts program.

    Since 2009, the Relationship Smarts program has been offered 92 times (in part or in its entirety) and reached 2556 unique youth across 30 counties. In 2012, the RS program was offered 26 times and reached 1021 youth across 15 counties!

    Overall, participating youth have reported increases in knowledge, confidence that they can use the skills learned, likeliness to use these skills, and positive feelings about themselves.

  • Love Notes – A New Curriculum in Partnership with Scenarios USALove Notes (v2.0), a program designed for vulnerable youth, ages 15-24, including pregnant and parenting youth, integrates healthy relationships, pregnancy/STI prevention, youth development and intimate violence prevention.This highly engaging activity-based program uses resources written by youth (poetry, narratives, scenarios) as well as popular media, music and film, including two of the highly acclaimed Scenarios USA films (Toothpaste and Reflections).
  • Syble Solomon, Money Habitudes Developer Honored by Jump$tart

    The North Carolina Jump$tart Coalition annually presents an award to an individual or organization that has made outstanding contributions in educating the youth of North Carolina about personal finances. On April 30, 2013, ,Syble Solomon received that award for her innovative approach to financial behavior, Money Habitudes. Congrats!

  • Free Second Wednesday Webinars

    The Dibble Institute is hosting a free Second Wednesday Webinar series beginning January 2013!

    Every month guest speakers, program authors, or Dibble staff will bring you insight on timely topics related to teen/young adult romantic relationship issues, research, and programs.

    Join us to stay up-to-date on the latest in the field!!!

  • Relationships & Pregnancy Prevention for high-risk youth.

    Finally, “at risk” teens can learn relationship skills and pregnancy prevention in one program. This course was selected for a rigorous Tier II federal comparison of pregnancy prevention strategies. More…

  • Relationship Smarts PLUS listed in National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

    We are pleased to announce that Relationship Smarts PLUS, developed by Marline Pearson, is now listed as one of the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP), a service of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

    NREPP is a searchable database of interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance abuse disorders. SAMHSA has developed this resource to help people, agencies, and organizations implement proven, evidence-based programs in their communities.

    All programs listed on NREPP go through an extensive review process and are rated on their quality of research and on readiness for dissemination. RS+ received high scores on the quality of research (2.75 on a scale of 0-4.0), and a high score (2.8) for readiness and dissemination.

    The application process was exhaustive. Huge credit for this accomplishment goes to Professor and Associate Dean at Auburn University, Dr. Jennifer Kerpelman, for spending six plus years conducting random, experimental design research on RS+ with academic colleagues. Without her tireless work on the evaluation and NREPP application, this would not have become a reality.

    Being listed on NREPP gives organizations wishing to teach RS+ the ability to apply for funds when evidence based programs are required. This is an important accomplishment for RS+, and we are very proud to be listed on NREPP’s list of evidence-based programs.

    Click here for the NREPP RS+ profile.

  • The Dibble Institute Named As Top Performing Non-Profit by Social Impact 100

    We are pleased to announce that The Dibble Institute has been named one of America’s top-performing nonprofit organizations on the Social Impact (S&I) 100 Index.

    Covering 100 high-impact nonprofits, the Index features organizations like Dibble that address the country’s most pressing issues in education, health, youth and poverty. Each of the 100 organizations has been rigorously screened for proof of impact and is only included in the Index if it has the ability to serve more people in need.

    And The Dibble Institute is one of only 100 organizations selected to be in the index based on this rigorous vetting process!

    Donors have the opportunity to fund Building Brighter Futures, an initiative that uses Dibble’s evidence based-programs coupled with our proven approach for cost-effective community saturation. This gives funders the opportunity to make large-scale impact with teens and young adults in their communities, regions, or even states at a low per student cost.

    The Social Impact 100 (S&I 100) was launched by the Growth Philanthropy Network (GPN) in partnership with Duke University. It is the first-ever broad index of U.S. nonprofits that show evidence of results and the potential to grow. The Index helps these nonprofits find the capital they need to reach more people, and empowers donors to make a bigger difference.

    We are proud to be selected as a featured organization on the S&I 100. See for yourself and then share the good news with others who are looking to give with impact.

    To learn more, click here.

  • Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) StarMoney Habitudes Listed on Teaching Money Virginia resource listTeaching MoneyVA.org was created in 2011 to help Virginia’s high school teachers find quality resources that they can use in teaching Virginia’s new economics and personal finance course. Check out what they have to say about our Money Habitudes curriculum!
  • See LOVE U2: Relationship Smarts PLUS on REAL PIC-TV!The Personal Involvment Center of Los Angeles produced this online TV segment on Dibble’s program, Love U2: Relationship Smarts PLUS. Check it out!
  • Lincoln County students learning about healthy relationshipsLearning how to build healthy relationships is the lesson plan at Lincoln County High School.  The curriculum is called “Love U-2: Relationship Smarts Plus”. Read More>>
  • Dibble Named Community Services Block Grant ConsultantBased on Dibble’s successful experiences implementing relationship skills programs with Community Action Agencies, The Dibble Institute has been listed as a consultant in the CSBG consultant bank. Administered by National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP), the Consultant Bank consist of qualified organizations and/or individuals who can provide training and technical assistance to the Community Action Network in various areas including Leadership, Strategic Planning, Governance, ROMA, and other areas of importance to the Network. Dibble programs are being successfully used in re-entry and Head Start programs around the country.
  • Dibble Recognized as ChampionWe are so thrilled! The National Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Science (NATFACS) Awards committee has selected The Dibble Institute as the 2011 recipient of the NATFACS Champion for Family and Consumer Sciences Award. The award recognizes The Dibble Institute for its extraordinary support and concern for Family and Consumer Science teachers. Read More >>
  • Dibble Awarded Healthy Relationship GrantThe Dibble Institute has been awarded a $794,000 grant for up to three years to teach youth and young adults in the Los Angeles Unified School District healthy relationship skills. The grant is from the Administration for Children and Families. Read More >>
  • Building Brighter FuturesA Community Centered Demonstration Project for Youth in Greater Los Angeles The young people of Los Angeles are more likely to live in poverty, more likely to be born to an unmarried mother, more likely to have an unemployed parent, and more likely to drop out of high school than their peers around the country.The Dibble Institute in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the Century Center for Economic Opportunity –YouthBuild (CCEO-YB) will bring relationship skills education with reinforcement through new media for high school youth (Allowable Activities I and II), and relationship skills education with intensive employment services (Allowable Activity III) for young adults in a proven, highly-effective community centered model. >> Read More
    • Teaching healthy relationships at Northampton WestBy Jacqueline HoughThe Daily Herald Staff WriterPublished/Last Modified on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 6:22 AM EDTGASTON — Freshman Margaret Peebles felt the information she learned during the day-long Dating Connections/Love Notes seminar Monday will stay with her for the rest of her life.“It is helping me to have more positive relationships,” she said.The seminar, conducted by Danny Ellis, was held at Northampton West STEM High School. It was designed for high school aged youth with an emphasis on helping them form healthy and meaningful relationships in the critical years when attitudes and behaviors about relationships and sex take root.Peebles said she learned various things, but one key was how people should be treated.>> Read More
    • Teens and Isolation: Technology Changing Way Teens ThinkNovember 23, 2010From this November 2008 online article, “Technology Changing Way Teens Think”, Charlene Kemper, a junior high and high school teacher and lecturer, expresses concern about the effects of technology on teen social development. The full article can be read below:Too much input at one time from multi-tasking, especially if the stimuli are unrelated to each other, can slow down the brain’s ability to link thoughts efficiently, a veteran teacher and well known speaker on teen issues, learning, and relationships from The Dibble Institute said.>> Read More
    • Washburn Students Attend Leadership Training | Ashland CurrentNovember 23, 2010In late October, eight Washburn Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America Members attended a State FCCLA Team Leadership Training at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.According to the Washburn School District, Emily Newago, Candace Hewue, Courtney Halverson, Danielle Hanson, Lauren Belanger, Nadia Nevela, Lucy Shanks, and Emily Scribner were the student members attending.Washburn’s Emilie Newago was selected by State FCCLA Offices to be the Region 1 Representative. Emilie received officer training at the Regional Representative Session called “Over the Rainbow.”All attended a session by the Keynote Speaker Nancy from the Dibble Institute on Relationship Smarts.>> Read More
    • Learning to build healthy relationships: At-risk Montana teens need road-map to safe partnershipsMarch 11, 2010Pretty much everyone on the planet – and in Montana – is interested in love and sex. And based on what’s on television, the Internet and local personal ads, it appears there’s plenty of love and sex to go around. But imagine you’re a teenager or young adult in Montana and you’re interested in love, commitment, marriage, children and a happily-ever-after. Where will you get the wisdom to make healthy relationship decisions? How will you learn to create and sustain a successful long-term relationship – one that’s safe, smart and healthy for you and your children? >> Read More
    • WETZSTEIN: Bill may change relationship talkhttp://www.washingtontimes.comWho knows where the debate on health care reform will be by today, but tucked inside the Senate bill is a small but revolutionary provision that, if enacted, could change the national conversation on teens and sex. The provision, located in the section on “adult preparation,” would funnel millions of dollars to “relationship education.” Why is that revolutionary? Because teaching relationship skills would elevate the focus of sex education about 2 feet, from below the belt to the essential sex organ, i.e., the brain. Aren’t you ready for a change? The kids certainly are. >> Read More
    • Relationship smarts; A curriculum on dating and marriageAmy Frykholm, Christian Century. Sept. 9, 2008I’m in a high school classroom talking to Lisa. (I’ve changed her name and the names of all the students mentioned in this article.) Lisa’s hair is dyed black and purple, and she has numerous piercings, including one in her lower lip that bounces as she talks to me… Read more from Christian Century.org
    • Redlands Daily Facts (CA)

August 13, 2009Institute teaches students the ‘fourth R’Author: JOY JUEDES, Staff Writer

An organization that formed around a Redlands man’s dining room table has become a national resource on relationships. Charlie Dibble, an engineer who moved to Redlands when he retired in the 1960s, became concerned when when he asked his niece about her engagement and she said, “Don’t worry, Uncle Charlie – it’s just my first wedding.”

“Charlie, he’s a guy. He’s got a fix-it mentality,” said Kay Reed, director of the institute that bears Dibble’s name.

“He asked experts, ‘What are you doing to communicate (the importance of relationships) to young people?’ He got the six of us around his dining room table.”

The Dibble Fund, now the Dibble Institute, became official in 1996, and founders started developing curriculum to help young adults develop healthy relationships. They worked with a University of Redlands professor and piloted material at Orangewood High School. The board also tapped Redlands High School teacher Char Kamper, who had created her own family and relationships curriculum for her psychology classes.

“I thought I’ll just come up with something kids can relate to,” said Kamper, who wrote her curriculum after noticing her textbook did not handle relationships “in a current way.”

“Kay heard about it. She sat in the classroom while I was teaching about relationships. Later she called and asked would I write my curriculum for other teachers.” Kamper, who lives in Redlands and has taught at RHS for 23 years, will have her third program, “Healthy Choices, Healthy Relationships,”

published by the Dibble Institute in a few weeks. Her first program was “Connections: Relationships and Marriage.”

“People get the feel for what a landmark idea that was – now it’s part of this national movement to help teenagers,” said Kamper, who graduated from Redlands High School in 1968. “It was so new at the time. I had never done anything like that before but I saw the need for that in my own students. It was grassroots – now it’s a national institution. “It’s been kind of cool to see that.”

Since she accepted Dibble’s request to lead the institute in the mid-1990s, Reed, a 1972 RHS graduate who is based in Berkeley, has secured a $2.5 million, five-year federal grant to provide curriculum and training to teachers. In the first two years of the grant, “more than 11,000 students in eight states developed skills to create positive relationships,” according to a news release.

On an anecdotal level, Kamper said she constantly runs into former students around town who went through the programs. “I can’t tell you how many students tell me, ‘Mrs. Kamper, I still have my book,’ ” she said. “I have kids who have gotten married and said, ‘Thank you – we still remember what we learned in your class.”

“There have been some cool stories over the years.” Kamper, who has a degree in marriage and family counseling from Loma Linda University, said students have told her one of the most useful things the programs taught them was how to break up. On the flip side, she said four couples have gotten married after discovering through the program that they got along.

“It’s a brilliantly simple concept – if you’re not good at being someone’s friend, you’re not good at being someone’s spouse,” said Ken Stein, a Dibble Institute board member for five years and executive director of the YMCA of the East Valley. “With divorce, everything we can do to help folks communicate effectively and be sensitive to one another’s needs,” he said.

The institute received the 21st Century Community Champion Award from the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences in Knoxville, Tenn., in July. The institute was nominated by the association’s North Carolina branch. Dibble was honored for “providing effective educational  resources to family and consumer sciences educators that help young people learn skills necessary for successful relationships,” according to a news release. Reed said the award is a kind of culmination of the institute’s work and growth. “It’s no small matter,” she said. “And it was this little thing that started at Charlie Dibble’s dining room table in Redlands, California.”

Most board members became involved because they knew Dibble personally. “I think being able to see Charlie’s heart and vision really coming to fruition in that young people are learning great skills in dating and hopefully their married lives,” said 10-year board member Bruce Wick. He was active in many local youth activities, including the YMCA and Trinity Episcopal Church, where he was Reed’s youth adviser. “He just loved young people,” she said. Dibble died after a battle with prostate cancer in the mid-1990s.

“Charlie’s quote that stuck with me is, ‘The public school district does a good job teaching the three R’s. The one we concentrate on is the fourth R, really – relationships,” said board member Rich Hickey, who met Dibble through the Redlands Noon Kiwanis Club. “All of us on the board can remember Charlie saying if this can survive, we can do good things,” said Bob Denham, dean of University of Redlands’ School of Education. “And there’s no question in my mind that Charlie’s vision is being carried out by Kay.”

Reed speaks at conferences, trains teachers and is working on a national media campaign on healthy relationships for young adults. She also noted how the institute’s reach has grown since Dibble founded it. “Charlie’s little idea – maybe we can get into the Redlands Unified School District – now these programs are in every state, (and have influenced) hundreds of thousands of young people,” she said. She said the institute’s material is research-based, and the institute works with teachers who know how teens learn.

“It lends itself to common sense and an unexpected return that students who have gone through this are much better at handling conflicts in relationships, and that’s with anybody. It helps in all areas,” Wick said. Kamper still uses the material she developed, and the institute uses, in her introduction to psychology classes. “The first program – Kay calls it her flagship – when we got started it was a novel idea, now it’s assumed,” she said. “When Charlie Dibble left the foundation, Kay and I had to plead with people just to try it. “It’s just a journey how far the acceptance of youth education has come now,” she said. “It’s been hard work to get to this point.”

  • Love U2®: Relationship Smarts PLUS Wins Publishers Association AwardAEP 2009 WinnerBerkeley, CA–June 12, 2009—The Dibble Institute is pleased to announce that their curriculum, Love U2®: Relationship Smarts PLUS has won the prestigious 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award for curriculum based teaching aids from the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP). The AEP Awards recognize the year’s most outstanding materials in the field of teaching and learning.

Dibble’s curricula can be used in classrooms, churches, community groups, agencies and youth groups.Call: (800) 695-7975www.dibbleinstitute.orgrelationshipskills@dibbleinstitute.orgE-mail Staff Writer Joy Juedes at jjuedes@redlandsdailyfacts.com(c) 2009 Redlands Daily Facts. All rights reserved. Reproduced with the permission of Media NewsGroup, Inc. by NewsBank, Inc.Record Number: 13067281