Healthy Relationship News – June 2015






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New Pathways for Fathers and Families Grant Toolkit

Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Toolkit

Are you applying for the New Pathways for Fathers and Families Grant and/or the Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Grant? To see how Dibble programs correlate with the curricula requirements in the grants go to links above. And, contact us if we can be of service –



Keep Relationship Education Going This Summer

Free Movie Guide for Disney’s Frozen

The Disney movie, Frozen, has captivated audiences of all ages. The Dibble Institute has prepared a FREE movie guide to help you continue healthy relationship education over the summer!

Teens will explore and discuss the relationships between Elsa, Anna and Hans. This guide also looks at the relationships of Olaf and the Snow Monster. Click here to download FREE Frozen movie guide.

A fun activity anytime, but especially the summer months!

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National Public RadioSex Ed Works Better When It Addresses Power In Relationships

At schools that offer comprehensive sex education, students tend to get the biology and the basics — they’ll learn about sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy, how to put a condom on a banana and the like.

But some public health researchers and educators are saying that’s not enough. They’re making the case that sex ed should include discussion about relationships, gender and power dynamics.


Before I DoBefore I Do:

What Do Premarital Experiences Have to Do with Marital Quality Among Today’s Young Adults?

The relationship sequence—with sex, cohabitation, and sometimes children preceding marriage—has become the norm of our society.  But it raises some interesting questions.
Actually, what people do before marriage appears to matter.  Specifically, how they conduct their romantic lives before they tie the knot is linked to their odds of having happy marriages.


New York TimesNY Times: Single Motherhood, in Decline Over All, Rises for Women 35 and Older

Single parenthood was on a “mysterious and alarming rise,” becoming a “huge problem,” according to a 2013 article in the Atlantic. The lawyer defending same-sex marriage bans before the Supreme Court last month argued that out-of-wedlock births were growing rapidly.

In fact, however, the birthrate for unmarried mothers, which had been steadily increasing since the early 1980s, peaked in 2008 and has declined 14 percent since, more than the decline for all women. The recent declines were sharpest among teenagers; black and Hispanic women; and those without a college degree — all of whom have typically had the highest rates of single motherhood — according to data from the Census Bureau and the National Center for Health Statistics.


Child TrendsThe Developing Brain: Implications for Youth Programs

The brain, with more than 100 billion neurons, is the body’s most complex organ. There is increasing global attention to the growing field of brain research, but what are we learning today that may inform programs that serve children? How do environment and life experiences impact brain development? What can be done to mitigate the negative effects of trauma on the brain? As our knowledge of the brain grows, so too does the opportunity to use this information to actively shape programs, practices, and policies that promote the well-being of children and youth.

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WebinarWEBINAR – Measuring Outcomes for the Next Generation of Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Programs

Thu, Jun 11, 2015 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM PDT

Child Trends will be presenting recommendations for measuring outcomes for healthy marriage and relationship education programs. These tips apply to data collection from and about two key populations:

  • parents in complex families, and
  • high school-aged adolescents.

During the webinar, we will:
1) introduce outcome measures spreadsheets for each population,
2) explain how to use the measures spreadsheets for research and evaluation, and
3) give tips for collecting data from parents and teens.

Register here


You Tube

Free Video

Relationship DUI – Deciding Under the Influence

This “Lecture Doodle” cleverly illustrates the risks of “sliding vs. deciding”. It’s a great way to bring the point home to youth and useful with all Dibble programs.


DC dot GovBullying Prevention and Intervention:  A Training Toolkit

The Bullying Prevention and Intervention in DC Educational Institutions training toolkit — created in partnership with the youth research center Child Trends — is a comprehensive package of guides, presentation slides, scenarios and self-assessments for schools or other entities to train their staff on how to prevent and respond to incidents of bullying. The toolkit is available at no-cost, and provides the information necessary for a staff member to train themselves as a facilitator that can then conduct an interactive and informative training.

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June 10

Second Wednesday Webinars

Connecting the Dots:
Healthy Romantic Relationships in Adolescents’ Lives

Healthy romantic relationships during adolescence are important.  They help shape behaviors during adolescence, plus they provide the basis for healthy relationships during adulthood.

This webinar will provide participants with a better understanding of the multiple dimensions of adolescent relationships and how these relationships influence other areas of teen and young adult lives. This webinar also identifies commonalities among healthy relationship education programs and other youth interventions, including teen pregnancy prevention, teen dating violence, social skills, and college and career readiness programs.

At the end of this webinar, participants will learn:

  • Why healthy adolescent romantic relationships matter
  • Healthy and unhealthy aspects of adolescent romantic relationships
  • Linkages between relationship education programs and other youth needs and interventions

Mindy Scott, Ph.D., Deputy Program Area Director and Senior Research Scientist with Child Trends

Who Should Attend: Youth-serving program staff and administrators in the fields of pregnancy prevention, reproductive health, teen dating violence, workforce development, career readiness, researchers working on issues related to adolescents, policy makers, funders, grant managers and writers.

When: Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 4:00 pm Eastern/1:00 pm Pacific.

Duration: 60 minutes

Cost: Free!

Register Now!

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Department of Health and Human Services

Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education

New Pathways for Fathers and Families

Our grantee application toolkits are ready! They are filled with the tools you need to write a strong grant using Dibble’s evidence based and evidence informed curricula.

One tool we have is a table comparing our program contents against those the grant asks you to cover. You can download that grid for the Healthy Marriage grant here (grid 1) and here (grid 2). And for the Fatherhood grant here.

Our programs have been proven to effectively reach both teens in high schools and at-risk youth. Read a summary of our evaluations here.

Please let us know your questions. Email us at

Happy to be on your team!

New Pathways for Fathers and Families Grant Toolkit    

Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Toolkit


Avon Foundation

Avon Foundation Campus Grants Program

Support for College and University Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs

The Avon Foundation for Women is pleased to announce a total of $250,000 for 25 new grants to expand the Avon Foundation Campus Grants Program. Colleges and universities may apply for funds for bystander projects aimed at reducing campus sexual assault and dating abuse.

(Ed Note: Perhaps an opportunity to teach healthy relationship skills to bystanders to prevent sexual abuse?)

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Four TeensDibble goes Digital
You asked. We delivered.

Our most popular TEACHING TOOLS
are now online.

The Dibble Institute’s content-rich teaching tools for building healthy relationships just got easier to use. Take a look!

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