Title V Competitive 2022 Toolkit

The Dibble Institute is dedicated to your success as an applicant for the Title V Competitive Sexual Risk Avoidance Education grants. Deadline is July 28, 2022

You are eligible to apply for this funding if you will be serving youth in: Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Kansas, North Dakota, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Marshall Islands, and the Virgin Islands..

Let us help you craft a strong proposal!  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 SRAan evidence informed program, is better suited for youth ages 11-16. 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.

People experiencing trauma and toxic stress often have difficulty regulating their emotional responses when facing challenges in school, life, and relationships. Mind Matters’  lessons teach people aged 12 and up to heal from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and other negative experiences with innovative methods based on  current research and neuroscience. These skills give individuals a way to take charge of their emotions and improve their states of mind. Participants learn to address their physical, relational, and mental health needs.

Below please find tools and grant aids for the Sexual Risk Avoidance adaptations of Love Notes and Relationship Smarts PLUS that we hope you will find helpful. Let us know if there is other information that you would find useful.

Email Emily@DibbleInstitute.org for a free 30-day review copy of any of our programs. Please let us know that you are interested in Title V Competitive funding.

  Love Notes SRA Relationship Smarts PLUS SRA Mind Matters
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 does not normalize teen sex. NA
Needs of LGBTQ+ Youth are taken into consideration in the program’s design. Each of the programs are designed for a vulnerable audience of at-risk youth, including LGBBTQ+. The lessons cover important topics for today’s issues including sexual consent, sexual assault, cyber bullying, online porn, sexting, drugs & alcohol – and their impact on relationships. The programs have been written with inclusive language, scenarios, and content that applies to LGBTQ+ youth.
Addresses the Trauma needs of vulnerable youth Both Love Notes and Relationship Smarts Plus are both trauma informed programs. People experiencing trauma and toxic stress often have difficulty regulating their emotional responses when facing challenges in school, life, and relationships. Mind Matters addresses ACEs and trauma in youth, giving them skills and practices to soothe and build resilience.


Medically accurate and complete All medical information 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. Mind Matters may be taught to youth ages 12 and up.
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 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. Each program 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. None of the programs includes demonstrations, simulations, or distribution of contraceptive devices.
Applies core curriculum components that have been found to be effective in positive youth behavior change, especially:  ✔

Delaying initiation of sexual activity until marriage

Returning to a lifestyle without sex

Refraining from non-marital sexual activity

Intervention can be adapted with developer approval to become more culturally responsive and linguistically appropriate
Fidelity implementation tools available

Allowable Adaptations without Publisher Notification

In the real world, curricula occasionally need to be adapted to meet the needs of the young people being served or the setting where they are being used. Below you will find examples of adaptations that are permitted without consultation with Dibble.

Please feel free to discuss further adaptations you are considering with us by emailing Grants@DibbleInstitute.org

Allowable Adaptations for Love Notes and Relationship Smarts PLUS

  • Activities that directly relate to content
    • Additional content may be added to the slide presentations deck from the complete Instructor’s Manual based on participant need and available time.
    • Include Love Notes activities for expecting and parenting teens.
  • Activities that do not relate to the content
    • Change the first names in the scenarios to reflect the participants’ culture and gender.
    • Change the PowerPoint photos to reflect the participants’ culture and gender.
    • Add icebreakers or energizers at the start of each session or between modules if delivering during an extended period of time.
  • Program Delivery
    • Deliver lengthened sessions.
    • Increase the number and frequency of sessions.
    • Teach in-person or online.
    • Use exercises, share facts, or make reminders about key concepts as part of booster text or sessions.
    • Provide make-up sessions, including pre-recorded lessons.
    • May be used with young adults up to age 24.

Unallowable Adaptations

  • Delivery without using the Dibble provided PowerPoints and all participant materials, such as the workbooks and in the case of Love Notes, the Colors Personality Inventory.
  • Delivery by a facilitator who has not been trained by a Dibble Certified Trainer.

The Dibble Institute is pleased to consult with you as you write your grant and after it has been awarded strategies to sustain your activities over time. We have demonstrated over our nine years of implementing a federal grant, how to bring relationship education cost-effectively to large numbers of youth by using existing community systems.

We can also help you develop your sustainability plans by identifying alternative funding streams that support relationship education beyond your grant. For instance, Love Notes has been implemented using Rape Prevention Education funding. And, in some jurisdictions Love Notes and Mind Matters are funded for mental health prevention and early intervention.

Please email Kay Reed, Executive Director, at kayreed @ DibbleInstitute.org to set up a time to consult.

Please call 800-695-7975 for a training quote.

Formal training and follow-up technical assistance are required with this funding. It is essential to assure that your instructors deliver Dibble materials with fidelity while meeting the needs of the young people they serve. Our Master Trainers provide a highly interactive, in-depth experience for all Dibble programs. Trainings may be booked in-person or online depending on the size of your group, health conditions in your state, and your preferences.

Benefits of training your staff:

  • Enhance grant performance
  • Boost speed of grant implementation
  • Increase confidence and competence of instructors
  • Improve program fidelity

All training clients receive Technical Assistance as part of their training package. We offer two hours of complimentary consultation per organization that have held or attended a Dibble training.

We ask applicants to complete this Materials, Technical Assistance, and Training Agreement because we want to make sure that you have everything you need in your budget to assure success.
Please return to Aaron Larson, grant coordinator, (Aaron@DibbleInstitute.org). He will contact you to complete your MOU with The Dibble Institute.

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@DibbleInstitute.org  with the following information:

  • Your completed Training and Materials Agreement
  • What program(s) you plan to use
  • 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.