Healthy Relationship News – November 2014





Dibble goes Digital

Take a tour of our new platform!



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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!

Explore Dibble Digital


Healthy Marriage and Responsible FatherhoodOffice of Family Assistance –
Dibble featured in “Highlights from the Field”


Individuals, couples, fathers and mothers across the country have experienced significant positive life changes after participating in healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood programs. Click here to learn how The Dibble Institute’s grant project with disconnected youth in Los Angeles is building brighter futures.


Association of American Publishers logoAmerican Publishers Association: REVERE Award Winner Profile

Winning product organization: The Dibble Institute
Winning product name: Relationship Smarts PLUS 3.0

Marline Pearson, author of Relationship Smarts PLUS, answers a series of questions about the creation of her program, the 2014 Distinguished Achievement winner in the Supplemental Resources subcategory of Life Skills and Character Education.


Donors Choose LogoAttention: School Teachers

A generous donor has given The Dibble Institute $1,000 to help teachers, who have not been able to afford Dibble materials over the past year, to obtain them at no cost.

We have decided to also use this donation to introduce teachers to a very successful fundraising organization that over the past decade has helped fund 70% of the projects that teachers have submitted to them.

It’s easy to apply for this money. Simply sign up at describing your students, their needs, and the Dibble materials that will best help your students.

Our donor will cover 40% of the cost once you, working through, raise the remaining funds.
For orders over $100, the usual 10% shipping is free!
For more details contact Aaron Larson, Teacher Success Manager at

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University of TexasSexting Increases Sexual Behavior Among Teens

Sexting may be the new “normal” but it definitely is not healthy.  A study that explored the relationship between teenage sexting, or sending sexually explicit images to another electronically and future sexual activity found that sexting may precede sexual intercourse in some cases and further cements the idea that sexting is a credible sign of teenage sexual activity.


The National Marriage ProjectBefore “I Do”

Bigger Weddings, Fewer Partners, Less ‘Sliding’ Linked to Better Marriages

The more people who attend your wedding to share in the launch of your marriage, the better the chances you will have a happy marriage years down the road. And, counterintuitively, the more relationships you had prior to your marriage, the less likely you are to report a high-quality marriage.

Those are two of the key findings in a new report, “Before ‘I Do’: What Do Premarital Experiences Have To Do With Marital Quality Among Today’s Young Adults?,” from the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia.


National Public RadioFor More Millennials, It’s Kids First, Marriage Maybe

Decades ago, an “oops” pregnancy might have meant a rush to the altar. But when Michelle Sheridan got pregnant three years ago, the topic of marriage never came up with her boyfriend, Phillip Underwood, whom she lives with in Frederick, Md.

If anything, it was the opposite.


Institute Of American ValuesDon’t Give Up on Marriage Now

   David Blankenhorn

“Should we give up on marriage? Some very smart people have apparently reached this conclusion. The latest and possibly most prominent is my friend Isabel Sawhill, whose new book is Generation Unbound: Drifting into Sex and Parenthood without Marriage … I admire Isabel Sawhill deeply, but I respectfully disagree with this recommendation.”

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CDC Logo Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Infographic

Facts everyone should know about Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Violence, and Stalking.

Financial AbuseThe Abuse Few Talk About

In support of domestic violence awareness, many campaigns focus on prominent types of abuse (physical, sexual, and emotional) to bring awareness to domestic violence and forget to talk about a common and destructive form of abuse, financial abuse.

Not only is financial abuse experienced in approximately 98% of abusive relationships, but victims claim that it is the number one reason they stayed in the relationship or returned to their abuser.

(Ed. Note: Money Habitudes, a way to understand your own and a partner’s approach to money, may be a way to prevent such abuse.)

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Second Wednesday Webinars

Dibble goes Digital!

Our most popular TEACHING TOOLS

are now online.

This webinar will introduce our new online platform – Dibble Digital.

Our most popular curricula, activity books, and lessons are now available digitally.

Learn the many benefits to you and your students of accessing Dibble teaching tools online. Get a virtual tour and see exactly what our new digital products look like.  We’ll suggest best ways to use them.

Presenters: Kay Reed, Executive Director
Aaron Larson, Dibble Digital Coordinator

Who Should Attend: Dibble customers; those considering purchasing a Dibble program; grant managers; Instructors; Youth agency staff.

When: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

at 4:00 pm Eastern/1:00 pm Pacific

Duration: 60 minutes

Cost: Free!

Register Now!

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Teen Pregnancy Prevention Funding Opportunities Forecasted for 2015

Recently the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) and the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) announced forecasts about teen pregnancy prevention funding opportunities expected to be released in early 2015. Please note that the information provided below is from the federal government. All grant inquiries should be directed to the OAH and FYSB respectively as noted in the grant forecasts.

HHS Grants ForecastOAH

Rigorous Evaluation of New or Innovative Approaches to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

The Funding Opportunity Announcement will provide competitive funding to organizations to develop and rigorously evaluate new and innovative approaches to prevent teen pregnancy.

Family and Youth Services BureauFYSB

Specific Funding Opportunity from FYSB for Florida, Indiana, North Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Marshall Islands, and Palau

Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Competitive Grants under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

The Administration for Families and Children (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families’ (ACYF) Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) will be accepting applications from local organizations and entities, including faith-based organizations or consortia, for the development and implementation of the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) in Florida, Indiana, North Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Marshall Islands, and Palau.

The purpose of this program is to support projects that educate youth, between the ages of 10 and 19 years, and pregnant and parenting youth under age 21, on abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and HIV/AIDS. Projects are also required to implement at least three of six adulthood preparation subjects.


Georgia Natural GasGrants Enhance Georgia Communities

Georgia Natural Gas Corporate Giving Program

The Georgia Natural Gas Corporate Giving Program supports a wide range of nonprofit organizations in the communities throughout Georgia that the company serves. Grantmaking areas of interest include the following: children and youth services, education, senior services, energy assistance for consumers in need, environment and sustainability, and meaningful educational and cultural opportunities for the entire community.

Funding requests may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Georgia Natural Gas website for more information.


The Kerr FoundationGrants Enhance Youth Programs in the Oklahoma Region
The Kerr Foundation

The Kerr Foundation primarily provides support to nonprofit organizations in Oklahoma; however, the Foundation also considers requests from organizations in the surrounding states of Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas, as well as organizations located in Washington, DC. The Foundation offers grants to organizations that provide new or enhanced opportunities, particularly for youth, which address the following areas of interest: education, health, cultural development, and community services.

Grants generally range from $1,000 to $50,000. The application deadline for consideration at the March 2015 Board meeting is January 16, 2015. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the application guidelines and download the application form.



American Association of University Women

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.

Since the inauguration of the Research and Projects Fund in 1972, AAUW has provided support to hundreds of communities around the United States to advance education and equality for women and girls. Early projects focused on public interest issues, including women’s struggles to balance home and work life, the establishment of women’s resource centers on college campuses, and the emergence of women’s political involvement in the antinuclear movement.


AgStar LogoSupport for Programs Serving Minn. and Northwestern Wisconsin

AgStar Fund for Rural America

The AgStar Fund for Rural America is dedicated to promoting agriculture and rural communities, and to addressing the issues facing rural America. The Fund supports nonprofit organizations in the service area where AgStar has a significant business presence in Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. The Fund focuses its giving program in the following four major areas: education, environment, technology, and quality of life. Grants of up to $10,000 are provided for direct project or program costs. Online applications will be accepted from October 1 through November 30, 2014. Visit the AgStar website to review the funding guidelines and application instructions. sub-section

(CO, NM, UT, WY)

Daniels Fund The Daniels Fund

The Daniels Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations in funding areas–Aging, Alcoholism, & Substance Abuse, Amateur Sports, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, K-12 Education Reform, Ethics & Integrity in Education, Homeless & Disadvantaged, and Youth Development. The fund was established by Bill Daniels, using the experiences and relationships of his life as motivation.


Grants Address Poverty in the Southeast

Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

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.

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Come See Us

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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