Healthy Relationship News – December 2017



SECOND WEDNESDAY WEBINAR – At your convenience

The Fracking Boom, a Baby Boom,
and the Retreat from Marriage


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New York Times

Lovers, Prospectors and Predators by David Brooks

The world seems full of sexual predators these days. But I don’t think good men wake up one morning and suddenly start thrusting their tongue down the throats of women they barely know. You’ve got to walk through a certain number of doors before you’re capable of that kind of behavior.


National Public Radio

Lessons in Love for Generation Snapchat

Along with explicit sexual education classes, some schools are beginning to offer more G-rated lessons on love. Experts say the so-called “iGen” is woefully unprepared to have healthy, caring romantic relationships and young people need more guidance. So schools are adding classes that are less about the “plumbing” of relationships, and more about the passion …


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Promoting Social and Emotional Learning in the Middle and High School Years

Adolescence is a critical period to invest in young people’s social-emotional competence (SEC) which is essential for youth to succeed in school, work, and civic life. This brief provides an overview of frameworks that define social emotional competence, and reviews the current landscape of universal school-based programs designed to promote its growth in middle and high school students. Click here for the full report.


American Academy of Pediatrics

Dating violence associated with nonmedical use of prescription drugs

Researchers have found links between teen dating violence and nonmedical use of prescription drugs. However, males and females experience this violence differently, according to the study “Physical and Sexual Dating Violence and Nonmedical Use of Prescription Drugs.” Previous research has shown dating violence is associated with risky behaviors, but studies linking it to NMUPD have been limited.


Bowling Green State University

Age of First Marriage > Age of First Birth

Over the past 35 years, the median age at women’s first marriage has surpassed the median age at first birth. In the newest Family Profile, Crossover in the Median Age at First Marriage and First Birth: Thirty-Five Years of Change (FP-17-22), we document the trends in women’s age at first marriage and first birth using recent Current Population Survey (CPS) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) National Vital Statistics. The median age at women’s first marriage remains higher than the median age at first birth, and the share of births to unmarried women remains constant at 40%, signaling the decoupling of marriage and childbearing and the delay in both marriage and childbirth.

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The Relationship Educator

The Relationship Educator: Keeping Relationship Educators Up-To-Date

The Relationship Educator Blog is designed to help relationship educators do their work even better by sharing informative and engaging summaries of current research on relationship education issues.

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At Your Convenience

Second Wednesday Webinars

Podcast from Freakonomics Radio:
The Fracking Boom, a Baby Boom, and the Retreat From Marriage

We invite you to listen to the following podcast as it clearly lays out the argument for marriage as a values vs. economic decision.

More than 40 percent of U.S. births are to unmarried mothers, and the numbers are especially high among the less-educated. Why? One argument is that the decline in good manufacturing jobs led to a decline in “marriageable” men. Surely the fracking boom reversed that trend, right?

Presenter: Stephen J. Dubner, Host, Freakanomics Radio, and Melissa Kearney: Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland

Who Should Attend: Healthy marriage and relationship professionals, violence prevention staff, middle and high school health and Family and Consumer Sciences teachers, counselors, college student affairs personnel, parents, and anyone who works with and cares about young people.

When:  December 2017, anytime

Cost: Free!

Click here to listen to the podcast.

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America's Promise Alliance

New Funding Opportunity Available for Collaborative Efforts that Foster Healthy Schools

Are you interested in creating healthy schools for your community? Is your organization known for its ability to collaborate? Do you have a passion for creating the conditions for every child to have a healthy, successful life?

You may be eligible to apply for the America’s Promise Healthy Schools Fund. Three to five two-year grants of up to $300,000 are available to districts and organizations that are working toward creating healthier school environments for all children. Applicants from 20 priority states are eligible.

Recognizing that school-centered health intersects with many areas outside of education-housing, employment, transportation, and food access- as well as many audiences, we’re looking for efforts that serve as a hub for cross-sector collaboration, youth and community engagement, and broader policy and systemic change.

Learn more and register for an informational webinar on December 7.

Grants Strengthen Oregon Rural Communities

Ford Family FoundationThe Ford Family Foundation

The Ford Family Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that enhance rural communities throughout the state of Oregon and in Siskiyou County, CA. (The Foundation defines rural as communities with populations of 35,000 or less and not adjacent to or part of an urban area.) The Foundation’s competitive program focuses on early childhood development and school-aged children programs, child abuse prevention and intervention, access to health services for children, and the development of public community spaces. In addition, the Foundation provides Technical Assistance Grants, as well as Good Neighbor Grants to address critical needs. Grant applications are accepted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website for more information about the funding guidelines and application process.

Organizations in West Virginia and Southwestern Pennsylvania Funded

Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation

Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation

The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations throughout the state of West Virginia and in southwestern Pennsylvania (Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, and Washington counties). The Foundation’s grant priorities for both geographic areas include the following: education, with a focus on successful learning throughout the educational system, including professional development for teachers, arts education, and career education; and economic development, with emphasis on the promotion of entrepreneurship, technology-based development, and the growth of new capital for businesses in distressed communities and areas of high unemployment. In West Virginia only, the Foundation also provides grants in the areas of health and human services and community development. Applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the application guidelines.

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