Healthy Relationship News – October 2010

PREP adult preparation materials and new funding
News flash in the world of youth romantic relationship education!!There are new funds available for helping teens get smart about their love lives and prepare for adulthood!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.In addition to utilizing a proven teen pregnancy prevention program, the grant also requires instruction in three of six adulthood preparation topics. They are:

  1. Healthy relationships, such as positive self-esteem and relationship dynamics, friendships, dating, romantic involvement, marriage, and family interactions.
  2. Adolescent development, such as the development of healthy attitudes and values about adolescent growth and development, body image, racial and ethnic diversity, and other related subjects.
  3. Financial literacy.
  4. Parent-child communication.
  5. Educational and career success, such as developing skills for employment preparation, job seeking, independent living, financial self-sufficiency, and work-place productivity.
  6. Healthy life skills, such as goal-setting, decision making, negotiation, communication and interpersonal skills, and stress management.

Below is an analysis of the Dibble materials that meet at least three (and sometimes more!) of the required topics, making it easy to meet the grant requirements with evidence based materials that both teens and teachers love.

PREP adult preparation topics aligned with Dibble curricula

Healthy Relationships

Adolescent development

Parent-Child Communications

Financial Literacy

Career Success

Healthy Life Skills

Art of Loving Well

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X

X

X

X

X

Connections: Dating and Emotions

X

X

X

X

Connections: Relationships and Marriage

X

X

X

X

X

X

Healthy Choices, Healthy Relationships

X

X

X

X

X

Love Notes

X

X

X

X

X

Love U2: Relationship Smarts Plus

X

X

X

X

X

By clicking on each title in the above chart, you will be able to download a lesson-by-lesson analysis of how each topic is addressed in each curriculum.   You can also download a sample lesson from each program at www.DibbleInstitute.org.Please feel free to contact me or Joyce Huff, Director of Outreach if we can be of assistance to you in preparing your plan!With all good wishes,Kay's SignatureKay ReedExecutive DirectorP.S. We have heard that some states are looking for local partners to implement these grants on the ground. Check to see if your state is writing a grant and make a connection with the department shown on the list.