Healthy Relationship News – January 2014







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Find Youth Info National Institutes of Justice Requests Assistance With Teen Dating Study   


Organizations that work with youth ages 14-22 are invited to assist with an NIJ study analyzing ways that adults and youth conceptualize teen dating relationships in order to inform future interventions and responses to teen dating violence. Teens who participate in the study will be eligible for gift cards. Organizations can e-mail for more information.



PREPPersonal Responsibility Education Program
Report implementing federal pregnancy prevention grants


This report documents key decisions made by state grantees about the design of their PREP programs. Data was collected through telephone interviews with state grantee officials in 44 states and the District of Columbia.  


Editor’s Note: We congratulate those states (including New York, Georgia, Alabama, Wisconsin, and others) using evidence based relationship skills programs to effectively address the required adult preparation requirements. For more information about how to integrate Dibble’s proven programs to strengthen your outcomes, please email



McCormick Foundation The Youngest Americans  

A Statistical Portrait of Infants and Toddlers in the US   


Being very young, fragile, and poor adds up to developmental risks that can echo throughout life, according to a comprehensive indicators-based portrait of the 12 million U.S. infants and toddlers (birth through two).  


Child Trends and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, in The Youngest Americans: A Statistical Portrait of Infants and Toddlers in the United States, note that both mothers and fathers play important roles in the growth and development of young children. Strongly linked to a child’s well-being are the number and the type of his or her parents (e.g., biological, step) in the household, as well as parents’ relationship with each other.  


Among young children, those living with no biological parents or in single-parent households are less likely than children with two biological parents to exhibit behavioral self-control, and more likely to be exposed to high levels of aggravated parenting, than are children living with two biological parents.  


Single-parent families have much lower incomes, on average, than do two-parent families, while families headed by cohabiting partners fall in-between. Research indicates, however, that the income differential only partially accounts for the negative effects in many areas of child and youth well-being (including health, educational attainment and assessments, behavior problems, and psychological well-being) associated with living outside of a married, two-parent family.



Moving on Up

Moving On Up

College Graduates and Dual-Earner Families Have the Best Odds     


The rags-to-riches story plays better in Hollywood than in reality, says The Pew Charitable Trusts. Moving On Up, a recent analysis from its Economic Mobility project, reports that 43 percent of Americans raised at the bottom of the income ladder remain stuck there as adults, and 70 percent never make it to the middle. A few of the factors that help upward movement? College graduation; dual-earner families; being white; and a healthy intersection of income, savings and wealth.  


Dual-earner families were 3.4 times more likely to leave the bottom quintile than single-earner families and 2.8 times more likely to reach at least the middle quintile than single earner-families.  


(Ed Note: Stable dual-earner families are, more often than not, married couples.)



Married or NotMarried or Not  

Educational attainment and living arrangements of parents living with children under 18


A picture says a thousand words! A 2013 update by the Census Bureau illustrates how family living arrangements line up with parents’ educational attainment.


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New Relationship Smarts PLUS 3.0 

Evidence-based. Proven impact.   


What does (and doesn’t) work in youth relationship education? Now there’s an evidence-based, government-listed program that lets you teach these skills with confidence.  


Just-released, new Relationship Smarts PLUS 3.0 combines proven effectiveness, comprehensive content, and the latest teaching techniques – in one affordable package.  


Research shows the program really works! The impact has been verified by a 5-year rigorous evaluation with 4,000 students, hundreds of teachers, and researchers from Auburn University.  


The new edition goes even further. During the 5-year study, researchers suggested hundreds of ways to improve course content, activities, and more. All these enhancements are integrated into the new Relationship Smarts PLUS 3.0.  


You’ll find many more details on our website – program outline, sample lesson, research data and more.


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Logic ModelLogic Model Library 

Relationship Education and Foster Youth   


The Dibble Institute is starting a library of sample logic models to use in grant development and program implementation. Our first is a logic model focusing on relationship skills and better outcomes for foster youth.  


Please share your favorite logic model with us!



Tip Sheets

Child Welfare Information Gateway Logo  

Social Media: Tips for Youth in Foster Care 


This tip sheet briefly describes the advantages and challenges youth in foster care may encounter when using social media. Issues that should be considered and tips for handling issues are also offered.


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US Department of Labor Youth CareerConnect Grant announcement  


This funding opportunity provides high-school-age youth with education and training in in-demand occupations. The goal is to ensure participants obtain gainful employment, continued education and/or certification in a specific industry.  


Of special interest is the grant requirement that programs must:


Incorporate activities that will develop academic and social s kills, competencies, and behaviors demanded by the high-growth H-1B industry(ies) and occupation(s) targeted through the SGA and stated in the applicant’s statement of need.  


(Ed. Note: Please let us know how we may help you craft a winning grant proposal!)



The American Association of University Women

Community Action Grants AAUW   

 Community Action Grants  


Community Action Grants provide funds to individuals, AAUW branches, and AAUW state organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equality for women and girls. More information is on their website.



Funds for Youth Projects in Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana, and Tennessee

PeyBack PeyBack Foundation 


The mission of the PeyBack Foundation is to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth by assisting programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for children at risk (ages 6-18Priority is given to programs addressing the following categories: Leadership and Life Skills, Mentoring, After-School/Summer Programming, and Healthy Living. The application deadline is February 3, 2014.



Support for Community Programs in the Pacific NW and Northern California

Pacific Power Pacific Power Foundation 


The Foundation provides grants in several categories: The Health, Welfare, and Social Services category supports United Ways, hospitals, health and human service agencies, and youth services. Grants generally range from $2,000 to $5,000. Requests are reviewed quarterly; application deadlines vary by grant category.



Funds for Education, Community, and Health/Medicine

RGK Foundation


RGK Foundation  


Within Community, the Foundation supports a broad range of human services, community improvement, abuse prevention, and youth development programs. Human service programs of particular interest to the Foundation include children and family services, early childhood development, and parenting education.  


Youth development programs supported by the Foundation typically include after-school educational enrichment programs that supplement and enhance formal education systems to increase the chances for successful outcomes in school and life.


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Where is Dibble now?  

Come see us!


February 10-12, 2014

American Council for School Social Work Conference 

New Orleans, Louisiana

Workshop: What’s Love Got to Do With It? Healthy Relationship Education for the Hook-up Generation

Presenter: Janet Pozmantier


February 11-14, 2013  

15th Annual Fathers and Families Conference  

Las Vegas, NV  

Workshop: The Greatest Gift to a Child: A Healthy Parental Relationship  

Presenter: Dixie Zittlow


February 26-28, 2014  

23rd Annual Texas School Social Workers Conference  

Austin, Texas  

Workshop: Guiding Asperger, Autism and Intellectual Disabilities Students through Puberty  

Presenter: Janet Pozmantier  


March 2-5, 2014

25th Annual National Youth-At-Risk Conference 

Savannah, Georgia

Workshop: What’s Love Got to Do With It? Healthy Relationship Education for the Hook-up Generation

Presenter: Janet Pozmantier


March 19-22, 2014  

17th Annual School Social Workers Conference  

Chicago, Illinois  

Workshop: What’s Love Got to Do With It? Healthy Relationship Education for the Hook-up Generation  

Presenter: Joyce Huff  


Would you like a Dibble Outreach Educator at your conference? Email Irene Varley, Director of Education, at to find out how.


Please let us know if you are having an open to the public event featuring Dibble curricula. We would be happy to help you publicize it.


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