The Dibble Institute is dedicated to your success as an applicant for the Title V Competitive Sexual Risk Avoidance Education grants. Our materials teach youth personal responsibility, self-regulation, goal setting, healthy decision-making, a focus on future goals, and the prevention of risk behaviors such as drug and alcohol usage without normalizing teen sexual activity.
Love Notes Sexual Risk Avoidance Adaptation (SRA) meets all the criteria of this funding announcement because it complies with SRA criteria and is evidence based. It is medically accurate, age appropriate for ages 14-19, trauma-informed, and, with our permission, may be made culturally and linguistically appropriate by awardees. Love Notes SRA does not normalize teen sex. Love Notes is the only evidence-based curriculum that HHS has evaluated that both reduces the likelihood of pregnancy by 46% and also has positive outcomes for helping sexually active teens to decrease their frequency of sexual activity. More teens who were taught Love Notes stopped having sex and chose to remain abstinent compared to the control group.
Relationship Smarts PLUS SRA, an evidence informed program, is better suited for youth ages 12-16. Because the content of Love Notes and Relationship Smarts PLUS is virtually the same, we expect Relationship Smarts PLUS to share similar great results. Both programs share key program elements that have been found to be effective in positive youth behavior change.
Addressing trauma and risk behaviors is a key component of this grant. Mind Matters – Overcoming Adversity and Increasing Resilience helps to address trauma needs in young people by giving them skills and tools to manage their own healing and growth. It also builds protective factors to mitigate the impact of the past and to decrease future negative factors.
Below please find tools and grant aids for the Sexual Risk Avoidance adaptations of Love Notes and Relationship Smarts PLUS along with Mind Matters that we hope you will find helpful. Let us know if there is other information that you would find useful.
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 Notes. Love 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||✔||✔|
- Love Notes SRA
- Relationship Smarts PLUS SRA
The Dibble Institute will provide you with:
- Professional training in the elements of each programs’ model
- Insights into youth’s risk and protective factors
- Ongoing opportunities for professional development
- Technical assistance throughout the project
The Dibble Institute is pleased to sign an MOU with you as part of your grant application. To help us understand your plans, please send an email to Aaron Larson at Aaron@DibbleInstitute.org with the following information:
- What program(s) you plan to use (If you are not planning to use the Dibble SRA programs, please explain to help us understand your thinking.)
- A brief overview of your project – setting, youth targeted, proposed timing of instruction (how many hours/days/weeks), number of youth reached, and instructional hours
- Recruitment/retention plans
- Evaluation approach and research question(s), if including
- How you plan to implement with fidelity and what adaptations, if any, you propose.