Runaway and Homeless Youth 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.

End Homelessness

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.

WEBINAR – Empowering Disconnected YouthThe Protective Factors of Healthy Relationship Education with RHY Populations

Love Notes 3.0 (Classic), an evidence-based relationship skills program, empowers young people by developing these protective factors:Love Notes 3.0 Instructor's Manual cover

  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 Journal

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 Money Habitudes 2connect 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.

Request free 30-day online program review copies!

Performance Standards required in TLP and MGH funding:

Standard Recommended Interventions
Social and Emotional Well-being and Strength-based Approach: TLP Projects use a trauma- informed approach, which involves understanding and responding to the symptoms of chronic, interpersonal trauma and traumatic stress, as well as the behavioral and mental health consequences of trauma. TLP Projects also utilizes a PYD framework, which includes healthy messages, safe and structured places, adult role models, skill development, and opportunities to serve others.


Permanent connections include ongoing attachments to

  • families
  • communities
  • schools
  • other positive social networks

For the purposes of the MGH, pregnant and/or parenting youth develophealthy family engagement strategies and parenting skills.

Education/employment includes connecting youth and pregnant or parenting youth to school including post-secondary education or vocational training program; learning or improving interviewing and improving job attainment skills; and securing employment.


For a complimentary 30-day online review copy of any of our programs or to discuss implementation or sustainability strategies please contact:

Dixie Zittlow  |  Director of Outreach.

920-664-6066  |