Healthy Relationship News – June 2014

Healthy Relationship News – June 2014

  • What If Everything You Knew About Poverty Was Wrong?
  • I Had a Nice Time With You Tonight. On the App
  • Early depression, anger may taint love life even 20 years later, study shows


  • Before Your Budget is History
  • NEW!!! Hip Hop Dating Guide Activity Book
  • More Than Jobs
  • See You at NARME!


  • Employability Skills Framework
  • A Snapshot of What Teen Families Need


  • Doing the Best I Can: Fatherhood in the Inner City



What If Everything You Knew About Poverty Was Wrong?

Researcher Kathryn Edin left the ivory tower for the streets of Camden—and turned sociology upside down.

Blond and midwestern cheerful, Kathryn Edin could be a cruise director, except that instead of showing off the lido deck, she’s pointing out where the sex traffickers live off a run-down strip of East Camden, New Jersey. Her blue eyes sparkle as she highlights neighborhood landmarks: the scene of a hostage standoff where police shot a man after he’d murdered a couple in their home and abducted their four-year-old; the front yard where a guy was gunned down after trying to settle a dispute between his son and two other teens.

(Ed Note: Dr. Edin will be our featured June Webinar speaker. Find out more here.)

I Had a Nice Time With You Tonight. On the App.

Last Sunday, I spent a lazy afternoon with my boyfriend. We chatted while I made brunch, discussed the books we were reading, laughed at some cat pictures and then settled down with dinner, before bidding each other good night.

We did all of this despite living more than 3,000 miles apart, thanks to smartphone applications and services that helped to collapse time and space.

Early depression, anger may taint love life even 20 years later, study shows

The study, published recently in the Journal of Family Psychology, followed 341 people for 25 years, and found that negative emotions they may have suffered as young adults can have a lasting grip on their couple relationships, well into middle age…” The fact that symptoms of depression and expressions of anger can endure over many large events in life shows how important it is to deal with mental health early.”


June 30th, the end of the fiscal year, is right around the corner!

there something you have wanted to try for your program, but not yet
ordered? Now is the time before your budgeted funds become history.

  • We are happy to send you digital copies of our materials for easy review.
  • We will expedite your order to arrive by June 30th and assure that your invoice is June dated.

Email or call 1-800-695-7975. Let us know how we may be of service.

NEW! Hip Hop Dating Guide Activity Book!
The “street-smart” approach to healthy dating for young adults.

The Hip Hop Dating Guide Activity Book contains 15 fresh and engaging activities that resonate with today’s youth. It teaches practical dating strategies to young adults, especially those who identify with the “street scene” – a sub-culture whose influence is powerful, but whose rules are fluid and unproven.

Author: Yo Jeff Carroll Ages: 14-24 Price: $34.00
Length: 15 thirty-minute to one-hour activities

More Than JobsProviding
Disadvantaged Teens and Young Adults with Healthy Relationship Skills
as a Strategy to Reduce Poverty and Improve Child Well-Being!

ability of young people to forge and sustain healthy relationships can
affect almost every aspect of their lives — school and work success,
physical and mental health, and the overall health and well-being of
their own children.

Note: Dibble’s program, Love Notes, was developed specifically for this
intervention, funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. As a result,
many YouthBuilds and other workforce development programs use it in
their work.)

See you at NARME!
June 29 to July 2, 2014

Explore our newest materials at our Boost your Youth Program Using the Newest Tools workshop (July 1, F2) Visit our exhibit to share your successes with youth!


Employability Skills Framework?

The Office of Vocational and Adult Education
has just announced the Employability Skills Framework. The Framework is comprised of nine key skills, organized in three broad categories: Applied Knowledge, Effective Relationships, and Workplace Skills.

Employability skills are general skills that are necessary for success in the labor market at all employment levels and in all sectors. These skills have a number of names— soft skills, workforce readiness skills, career readiness skills— but they all speak to the same set of core skills that employers want.

(Ed Note: In our work of relationship skills education, this framework could might well be a breakthrough, encouraging career and technical educators to directly address this topic.)

Picture Perfect: A Snapshot of What Helps Teen Families Grow

Like most parents, pregnant and parenting teens are extremely motivated to offer their children a good life. They quickly realize that an education and a career are necessary, and with the right supports, they will complete high school and eagerly seek further education or training. Such supports include learning how to develop healthy relationships. Healthy Teen Network’s new infographic, Picture Perfect: A Snapshot of What Helps Teen Families Grow & Thrive, illustrates these opportunities well.

Second Wednesday Webinar – June 11
Doing the Best I Can: Fatherhood in the Inner City
Kathy Edin, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Professor Edin will discuss her most recent work, “Doing the Best I Can: Fatherhood in the Inner City,” through which in-depth interviews allow unmarried low-income fathers to tell their side of the story.

Edin will explore the real the significant obstacles low-income men face at every step in the familial process: from the difficulties of romantic relationships, to decision-making dilemmas at conception, to the often celebratory moment of birth, and, finally, to the hardships that accompany the early years of the child’s life, and beyond.

Presenter: Kathy Edin, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
When: Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 4:00 pm Eastern/ 1:00 pm Pacific
Duration: 60 minutes
Cost: Free!


Money and TA for Evaluating Fatherhood Programs

Funding and technical assistance (TA) will soon be available from the federal government to help your organization rigorously evaluate your fatherhood program. While competition to secure funding from this source is likely to be fierce, technical assistance should be readily available to help your organization evaluate your program with existing funds and better position your program for funding from public and private sources.

Community Programs in the West and Midwest Funded

Union Pacific Foundation: Community-Based Grant Program

The Union Pacific Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life in the communities served by Union Pacific Railroad, primarily in the midwestern and western United States. Through the Community-Based Grant Program, the Foundation gives priority to requests that address the following categories: Community and Civic, and Health and Human Services. The majority of these grants are intended to help nonprofit organizations build their capacity, increase their impact, and operate more effectively. Nonprofit organizations in the railroad’s service area are invited to submit a preliminary application form online by 4 pm CDT on August 14, 2014.

Grants Address Poverty in the Southeast
Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation assists people in the southeast United States to build just and caring communities that nurture people, spur enterprise, bridge differences, and foster fairness. The Foundation is dedicated to helping people and places to move out of poverty and achieve greater social and economic justice. Grants are provided to local, statewide, and regional nonprofits in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia that work with people in low-wealth communities to shape their own destiny.

Grants Promote Quality of Life Programs in the Western U.S. and British Columbia
May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust

The Trust provides grants to organizations that offer programs for foster children and youth, military veterans and their families, elders, and people with disabilities. The focus is on programs that will enrich the quality of life for the target populations, promote self-sufficiency, and assist individuals in achieving their highest potential. Online letters of inquiry are accepted throughout the year.

Support for Arizona Quality of Life Programs
Cardinals Charities

Cardinals Charities, the grantmaking program of the Arizona Cardinals, supports programs designed to improve the quality of life and enhance opportunities for children, women, and minorities in the state of Arizona. Grant requests of up to $5,000 are preferred, with priority given to grants that support special programs.

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