Healthy Relationship News – June 2011


NEW!  My Paper Girlfriend  

My Paper Girlfriend 

Do your male students think they’ve got what it takes to build a healthy relationship? In this online game, boys create their ideal girlfriend and see how they respond to some challenging situations in their relationship.


Introduce My Paper Girlfriend to your young men! They can learn to keep their relationship strong or the two of them will break up!


 CDC Report Links Family Structure and Child Health


As divorce rates remain high and cohabitation becomes more commonplace, an increasing number of U.S. children will spend a larger proportion of their lives in a nontraditional family. A recent CDC study links family structure to child well-being and overall health, both physical and mental. Click here for a copy.


The findings presented in the report indicate that children living in nuclear families – that is, in families consisting of two married adults who are the biological or adoptive parents of all children in the family – were generally healthier, more likely to have access to healthcare, and less likely to have definite or severe emotional or behavioral difficulties than children living in nonnuclear families.


 Money Habitudes™ Listed in Jump$tart Clearinghouse 

Jump$tart Coalition Clearinghouse 

Money Habitudes™ for Teens has been approved for inclusion the Jump$tart Clearinghouse. Jump$tart Clearinghouse is the premier online library of financial education resources, for teachers, parents, caregivers and anyone commited to financial smarts for students.

Click here to find Money Habitudes on the site.



 My Paper Boyfriend wins three Communicator Awards. 

My Paper Boyfriend

Last month, we announced that My Paper Boyfriend had won a regional Addy award. Now we are pleased to learn that it has won two gold Communicator Awards of Excellence, one in the gaming category and the other in the health/wellness category. It also won a silver Award of Distinction for an online marketing game application.


The Communicator Awards are the leading international awards program honoring creative excellence for Communications Professionals. Founded by communication professionals over a decade ago, The Communicator Awards receives over 9,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world. 



June 27 – Open to the Public Training in Relationship Smarts PLUS

Relationship Smarts 

The National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education (NARME) is proud to present the 2011 “Healthy Marriages…Healthy Families” Conference.  Join us for exciting training and workshops at the Hilton Americas-Houston in Houston, Texas.


Register for the open-to-the-public training institute on Relationship Smarts PLUS! (Monday, June 27th)



Funding Streams for Relationship Education     

 Anti-Violence Programs for Youth Funded     


United Methodist Church: A Brighter Future for Children and Youth  

United Methodist Women 

A Brighter Future for Children and Youth, an initiative of the United Methodist Church, supports nonprofit organizations nationwide that address the needs of children and young people age 5 to 18 in the areas of violence prevention, anti-abuse, and relationship abuse. Grants of up to $4,000 are provided to small-scale, community, and church-based programs. Priority is given to programs that have significant involvement of women and youth at the grassroots level. Funded programs should demonstrate the ability to raise additional funds from other sources. Grant requests must be submitted by July 1, 2011. Application guidelines and forms may be downloaded from the United Methodist Church website. 


(Editor’s Note: One way to a brighter, non-abusive future is by learning healthy relationship skills!)   


Marriage/Relationship and Fatherhood Funding Announced

  Administration for Children and Families

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced their plan to competitively award cooperative agreements with organizations for demonstration projects that support healthy relationships and marriage as well as responsible fatherhood. Requests for proposals will be available in mid-June. Completed proposals are due mid-August. Decisions will be made by end of September.


Below are four of the seven grants most relevant to youth relationship education (the fatherhood grants will most likely allow relationship skill building with teen fathers). Sign up on each web page to receive updates as they are announced.


Field-Initiated Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Grants 

Community-Centered Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Grants 

Field-Initiated Responsible Fatherhood Grants 

Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood Grants 


Please consider The Dibble Institute part of your team with proven, research based curricula, training, and technical assistance. Stay tuned to our website. We will post more information on these grants as we receive it. If you would like a personal consultation, please contact us at .


Donors Choose

Donors Choose, an online charity, connects donors to classrooms in need. They are inviting “front-line educators” in public schools to identify the needs of the students they serve. Front-line educators are teachers, librarians, guidance counselors, and school nurses who work full time and deal directly with students. If you are a front-line educator, you can submit the project you would like funded on their website and have donors from around the country help your classroom out. Great resource!



 Tour the Dibble  Website!

 Dibble Heart 

Welcome to the many new educators, Extension agents, and clinicians who have recently joined our Dibble community!


Please take a quick tour of our new website. You’ll find:

· FREE sample lessons and movie guides to help young people get smart about their love lives.

· Evaluations that show how youth relationship education programs effectively address some of the most pressing social problems we face.

· Links that we at The Dibble Institute think are good resources for teens, parents, and instructors.




Save the date –

The Dibble Institute Calendar

June 15-16, 2011

UT Family and Consumer Science Conference

Provo, UT

Workshop: The Teen Brain: The Heart of the “Matter”    

Presenters: Nancy Lenk


June 23-24, 2011

AAFCS National Conference

Las Vegas, NV

Workshop: Curricula Showcase

Presenter: Joyce Huff


June 28-30, 2011

National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education Conference

Houston, TX


· Teen Relationship Curricula Showcase

· The Missing Link – the research behind relationship skills training

· Fundraising 101

Presenter: Kay Reed/Irene Varley 


June 30- July 2, 2011

Stop Girl Bullying

Las Vegas, NV

Workshop: The Missing Link: Relationship Education

Presenter: Joyce Huff


July 11, 2011

Tennessee Career and Technical Education Conference

Murfreesboro, TN

Workshop: What is Your Money Habitude?

Presenter: Nancy Lenk


July 17-20, 2011 

Texas Career Education Conference 

Dallas, TX

Workshop: What is Your Money Habitude?

Presenter: Irene Varley


July 21, 2011

Jump$tart Financial Literacy Conference

Ankeny, IA

Workshop: What is Your Money Habitude?

Presenter: Syble Solomon

July 24-25, 2011

Arkansas ACTE Conference

Hot Springs, AR

Workshops: What is Your Money Habitude?

Seven Principles of Healthy Relationships

Presenter: Dixie Zitlow


July 25-28, 2011

Missouri Association for Career and Technical Education Conference

Workshop: Roundtable Presentation: New Dibble Curricula

Presenter: Nancy Lenk


July 26-28, 2011

Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education Conference

Columbus, OH

Workshop: What is Your Money Habitude?

Presenter: Irene Varley


August 1-5, 2011

Family and Consumer Science Teachers Association of Texas Conference

Dallas, TX

Workshop: What is Your Money Habitude?

Presenter: Nancy Lenk


August 1, 2011

Family and Consumer Science Teachers Association of Virginia Conference

Roanoke, VA


· What is Your Money Habitude? 

· Strategies for Teaching Relationship Education

Presenter: Joyce Huff


August 5, 2011

Family and Consumer Science Educators of Michigan Conference

Frankenmuth, MI

Plenary: Staying In the Game – Reclaiming the Relevance of Family and Consumer Science


· The Missing Link – Relationship Skills Education

· Relationship Curricula Showcase

Presenter: Kay Reed


August 9-10, 2011

Family and Consumer Science Educators of Wisconsin Conference

Green Bay, WI

Workshop: Drawing the Line of Respect

Presenter: Dixie Zittlow