Love Notes 3.0 – Classic

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Relationship Skills for Love, Life, and Work

By: Marline Pearson, MA
Length: 13 lessons (plus bonus lesson on social media and technology)
Ages: 14-24

Updated edition just released!

Love Notes 3.0 is a completely revised version of Loves Notes 2.1, an adaptation of the evidence-based Relationship Smarts PLUS 3.0. Unplanned pregnancy, single parenting, and troubled relationships are a serious threat to the well-being and futures of many young adults, as well as to their children. Love Notes 3.0 was created for this vulnerable, high-risk audience. In 13 lessons, participants discover, often for the first time, how to make wise choices about partners, sex, relationships, pregnancy, and more.

New content keeps Loves Notes 3.0 current by covering timely topics that are important today:

  • Sexual consent
  • Online pornography
  • Sexting
  • Sexual assault
  • Drugs and alcohol – and their impact on relationships
  • Cyberbullying
  • Technology and social media

Love Notes 3.0 takes an innovative approach to these topics by integrating relationship skills with pregnancy prevention and workforce readiness with practical strategies for motivating change:

  • A realistic context for learning that incorporates language, values, and scenarios that is relevant to this audience.
  • An appeal to aspirations that helps youth cultivate a personal vision for love, intimacy, and success.
  • Important motivations for behavioral change, such as exploring from a child’s perspective the impact of unplanned pregnancy and unstable relationships.
  • Empowerment to achieve healthy relationships at home and at work through both knowledge and practical skills.

Love Notes 3.0 uses popular media and lively activities to engage young males and females in learning. Key topics include:

  • Knowing yourself—personality style, baggage, expectations, mapping your future
  • Forming and maintaining healthy relationships—knowledge, skills, smart steps
  • Frameworks for assessing relationships and making decisions
  • Recognizing unhealthy relationships and responding to dangerous ones, including all new content on cyber bullying, sexual assault, and ways drugs and alcohol affect relationships
  • Effective communication and conflict management skills—the same employability skills young people need to succeed at work
  • Intimacy, sexual values, pacing relationships, consent, and sex.
  • Planning for sexual choices using a comprehensive sex education and harm reduction model
  • Unplanned pregnancy and relationship turbulence through the eyes of a child
  • Updates to the Success Sequence—how the order of school, commitment, and babies impacts your future
  • A bonus lesson on the impact of technology on romantic relationships, sexting, and online porn

Love Notes 3.0 also includes new content and tools to support instructors!

  • We’ve updated the research to keep content current with learning in the field of healthy relationship education;
  • We’ve reordered the content to put the communications lesson before the three sex lessons that conclude the curriculum;
  • We’ve included instructor notes on all PowerPoint slides to improve fidelity in implementation;
  • We’ve added a new Glitter object lesson as a meaningful tool to cover infatuation;
  • We’ve included new videos embedded in the PowerPoints or available for free on YouTube; and
  • We’ve added an optional social media and technology lesson in response to client requests.

The Research Base for Love Notes 3.0

Love Notes 3.0 has been evaluated at the University of Louisville and found to be 46% more effective as an innovative pregnancy prevention strategy for at-risk youth. Federally funded, the study tested Love Notes’ innovative approach against traditional health/body based methods. Read the Issue Brief and check out the Office of Adolescent Health’s report.

Columbia University has also completed an Evaluation Report of Building Brighter Futures (February 2014).

Love Notes 3.0 is an adaptation of the evidence-based Relationship Smarts PLUS 3.0 program recognized as an evidence-based program for its impacts on violence and aggression in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs Practices by SAMSHA.

Program Materials (click for details and prices)
Note: Love Notes 3.0 is not the equivalent of the Love Notes 3.0 – EBP model. To assure fidelity, federally funded teen pregnancy prevention grantees are required to use the Love Notes EBP materials.
Love Notes Binder v2.1 Love Notes 3.0 – Instructor’s Kit love_notes Love Notes 3.0 – Participant Journals
love_notes Primary
Colors – Personality Profile
(English or Spanish)
All Falls Down All Falls Down – DVD, Optional

Digital Materials (click for details and prices)
Love Notes 3.0:
1 Year Digital Subscription
Love Notes 3.0:
3 Year Digital Subscription