Healthy Relationship News – November 2010


Love U2 Relationship Smarts Plus Smarts PLUS Webinar for youth workers

Do the young people you work with have love lives? And, do those love lives ever cause them (or you) problems or concerns? Learn about Relationship Smarts PLUS an easily implemented, research based, evaluated program that helps young people get smart about their love lives.

Young people today live and breathe in a culture that touts casual sex and casual connections. Relationship Smarts PLUS helps young people acquire practical skills for emotionally healthy and ethically sound relationships. The program helps teens craft a roadmap toward what they hope to achieve, not just what they must avoid.

Relationship Smarts PLUS is based on the results of a 5-year federally funded evaluation by Jennifer Kerpelman, Ph.D. at Auburn University. It covers topics such as:

  • Maturity,
  • Identifying values,
  • Peer pressure,
  • Attractions and infatuation,
  • Building blocks for positive relationships,
  • Assessing relationship health,
  • A low-risk relationship strategy,
  • Principles of smart relationships,
  • The nature of true intimacy,
  • A realistic concept of love, and
  • Breaking up.

The program also includes dating violence prevention and assertiveness skills, communication/conflict skills, identity and future orientation, and a unique approach to pregnancy prevention that educates about the needs of children.

Please join us for an overview of this engaging, evidence-based relationship skills curriculum for middle and high school youth!

Register here.


Wanted: Evaluators

Are you a graduate student in search of a meaningful thesis or dissertation? Or, faculty seeking to advance the field of family life education or positive youth development?

We would like to talk with you about partnering on evaluations of our research based programs!

Please email Executive Director, Kay Reed, to begin the conversation.


Love Notes to be evaluated in a Tier 2 Pregnancy Prevention Innovation Grant

Congratulations are due to the University of Louisville Research Foundation (Louisville, KY ) who will be implementing an adapted version of Reducing the Risk and Love Notes to high risk urban youth ages 14-19 (including immigrants, refuges, former foster youth and other youth from low income neighborhoods with high rates of teen pregnancy).

The University of Louisville Research Foundation will test their interventions by recruiting youth from seven to 15 community based organizations and faith based organizations from the lowest income neighborhoods in west and south central Louisville, KY. A total of 1,260 youth will be served during the five-year grant period.

HHS awards evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention grants


My Paper Boyfriend

My Paper Boyfriend

The National Campaign and The Dibble Institute are pleased to announce the launch of My Paper Boyfriend.  The game focuses on relationships and is designed for teen girls.  After customizing the ideal boyfriend the user will encounter challenging scenarios, and their selections will determine how healthy the relationship is.  Tell the teens in your life to test their relationship smarts by playing My Paper Boyfriend.*


Focus on Teen Digital Behavior with That’s Not CoolThat's Not Cool

That’s Not Cool focuses on preventing controlling or abusive behavior occurring within the digital universe – online, via cell phone, etc. – and encourages teens to draw their own lines about what is, or is not, acceptable relationship behavior.

Learn more at a web conference featuring guest speakers from the Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships initiative who have localized That’s Not Cool in Idaho, Los Angeles, and Austin.

Participation is limited, so be sure to register now!

This sixty-minute (60 min) session will start at 9 AM Pacific Standard Time (12 PM Eastern) on November 16, and will be repeated at 11 AM Pacific Standard Time (2 PM Eastern) on the same day


Funding Streams

Safe Schools/Healthy Students is a Department of Education grant designed to develop “community-wide approaches to creating safe and drug-free schools and promoting healthy childhood development. Programs are intended to prevent violence and the illegal use of drugs and to promote safety (both physical and emotional) and discipline.” Character and relationship education programs can be funded with this grant. Coordination with community based organizations is required. Click here for a link to the grant.

State Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) In late September the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF) announced formula grants to 46 states titled “Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)”. The states (most often through their health departments) that submitted applications are now in the process of preparing full plans to send to ACYF by February 2011 for approval. Click here to see how Dibble programs align with the required adult preparation topics.

Donors, 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!


Relationship SkillsA Core Component of Supportive Housing for Pregnant and Parenting Teens Healthy Teen Network and Child Trends have developed two resources on the core components of supportive housing: The Core Components of Supportive Housing for Pregnant & Parenting Teens, a resource defining and detailing what the core components include, and The Core Components of Supportive Housing for Pregnant & Parenting Teens: Findings from the Field, a report on findings from the field based on a national survey, phone interviews, and case studies.

One of the core components focuses on providing supports and resources to promote healthy relationships. This means helping young people cultivate a sense of self-worth and right to healthy relationships with partners, peers, family, and the community, as well as the skills to resolve conflict, solve problems, and negotiate. It also includes working to engage both young parents, as appropriate, in couple’s counseling with education and support.

Editor’s Note: As we often say here at The Dibble Institute, “We need to continue to help our vulnerable young people with education, housing, mentors, access to health care, etc. but if we don’t teach them how to navigate their love lives, all the rest of our good work could be lost.” Thanks HTN for looking at the big picture!


Save the date –

The Dibble Institute Calendar

November 11, 2010

West Virginia AHPERD Conference

Davis, WV

Workshop: Healthy Choices, Healthy Relationships

Presenter: Irene Varley- Director of Education

November 14, 2010

Kentucky AHPERD Conference

Lexington, KY

Workshop: Healthy Choices, Healthy Relationships

Presenter: Nancy Lenk, Outreach Educator