Runaway and Homeless Youth Toolkit

Applicant Toolkit

Transitional Living Program/Maternity Group Home

The Dibble Institute’s relationship programs are successfully used to help reduce risks and build protective factors for vulnerable, at-risk or homeless youth and young parents using a Positive  Youth Development approach.

These engaging, relevant, and inclusive programs help youth develop social and emotional well being, offer tools to build healthy permanent connections, and encourage educational completion and employment.

Love Notes 3.0 Classic, an evidence-based relationship skills program, empowers young people by developing these protective factors:

  1. Create strong social supports,
  2. Develop relationship capacity,
  3. Build permanent connections,
  4. Improve social and emotional well being,
  5. Prevent and/or decrease risky behaviors,
  6. Become healthier parents (MHG), and
  7. Learn life skills and employability skills.

Mind Matters – Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience helps to build new habits and skills that help traumatized youth (including runaway homeless youth, trafficked youth and at-risk youth) take charge of their own healing, prevent re-traumatization, reduce stress in young parents, and help ensure the well-being of children.

The lessons address the following topics:

  • Self-Soothing and Regulating Emotions: Cultivate a mindfulness practice
  • Managing Stress Effectively: Learn to deal with intrusive thoughts
  • Developing Empathy: Improve interpersonal communications
  • Creating a Code of Honor: Develop a life of intention
  • Building and Using a Support System: Learn how to ask for help

Money Habitudes for At-Risk Youth gives young people the opportunity to connect their hearts and heads when planning their financial lives. Money Habitudes 2 is written specifically for at-risk and low resource youth in community programs, including pregnancy prevention, teen parenting, and job readiness.

To discuss implementation or sustainability strategies please contact Dixie Zittlow, Director of Outreach at 920-664-6066 or

Request a free 30-day online review copy of our programs.

Love Notes SRA
Relationship Smarts PLUS SRA
Ensure that the unambiguous and primary emphasis and context for each topic is a message to youth that normalizes the optimal health behavior of avoiding non-marital sexual activity Love Notes SRA and Relationship Smarts PLUS SRA focuses on optimal health by teaching teens and young adults relationship skills that encourage and motivate them to make healthy relationship decisions. It clearly explains the benefits of avoiding non-marital sexual activity, and it helps to set straight the myth of normalized teen sex.
Medically accurate and complete All medical information for Love Notes SRA and Relationship Smarts PLUS SRA has been referenced to peer reviewed publications by educational, scientific, governmental, or health organizations.
Age-Appropriate Love Notes SRA may be taught from ages 14 – 19, depending on the risk factors experienced by the population. Relationship Smarts PLUS SRA may be taught with ages 12-16.
Based on adolescent learning and developmental theories for the age group receiving the education Love Notes SRA is an adaptation of Love NotesLove Notes is now listed as an evidence-based pregnancy prevention programs with the Office of Adolescent Health.The curriculum is packed with lively activities, designed specifically to engage youth, that use real-life relationship scenarios written by diverse teens and young adults. Relationship Smarts PLUS SRA is adapted from the original Relationship Smarts PLUS that has been rigorously tested and is a legacy member of the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP), a service of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The curriculum is delivered entirely through activities that are informative, fun, upbeat, and meant to affirm the importance of teen relationship experiences.
Culturally sensitive, recognizing the experiences of youth from diverse communities, backgrounds, and experiences. Love Notes SRA and Relationship Smarts PLUS SRA was developed for high-needs urban and rural youth, utilizes current youth culture and examples from youth of all different types of backgrounds and experiences. It has been successfully implemented with African American youth, Hispanic/Latino youth, American Indian/Alaska Native-youth, and socioeconomically disadvantaged youth, and those who experience the highest rates of teen pregnancy and childbirth.
Any information provided on contraception is medically accurate and complete and ensures that students understand that contraception offers physical risk reduction, but not risk elimination. Love Notes SRA and Relationship Smarts PLUS SRA clearly articulate the message and builds skills to motivate youth to avoid STIs and pregnancy.All lessons contain medically accurate information and, uniquely, build motivation by focusing on the needs of children for safe and stable family lives. Lessons ensure that teens understand the difference between risk reduction and risk elimination.
Education does not include demonstrations, simulations, or distribution of contraceptive devices. Neither Love Notes SRA nor Relationship Smarts PLUS SRA includes demonstrations, simulations, or distribution of contraceptive devices.
Intervention can be adapted with developer approval to become more culturally responsive and linguistically appropriate
Fidelity implementation tools available