Healthy Relationship News – October 2011

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What's Your Relationship Reality?

What’s Your Relationship Reality?


Teens face a ton of issues every day, and dating and relationships are two of the biggest ones. In fact, by the age of 18, more than 80% of teens have been in a romantic relationship. There’s a lot that goes into having a relationship, keeping a relationship, and if necessary, ending a relationship, so The National Campaign gathered a group of teens and asked them what they think about relationships, love, and sex. Every Friday for the next four weeks, a new video will be posted on Tune in to hear what they have to say about Facebook and texting, breaking up, why some teens get into unhealthy relationships, and more. Feel free to share these videos with your students!  


Watch the videos that have been posted so far (and read blog entries from the teens featured in the videos):


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 PREPARE-ENRICH-INSPIRE – 10 lessons based on 30 years of research  


We are delighted to introduce you to our newest curriculum: PREPARE-ENRICH-INSPIRE (PEI), a course on the essentials of successful relationships-based on 30 years of independent research by the PREPARE/ENRICH adult assessment program.  


In ten lessons, PEI provides a teen-friendly, experiential introduction to such fundamentals as self-awareness, dating, love, communication, decision-making and much more. But there are other features that make the program very special

  • The course is based on a leading resource in premarital training: the acclaimed PREPARE/ENRICH adult relationship program, created by David Olson, PhD.
  • The content reflects decades of reliable, reproducible research about which issues and skills have the greatest impact on relationship outcomes.
  • Simple pre- and post- assessments for each lesson let you easily customize content and test student progress.

For plenty of details plus a sample of lesson visit


As always, we hope you’ll send us your comments and ideas about this program — and spread the word to others in your newsletters, links, and recommendations.


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  The Art of Loving Well   

The Art of Loving Well Aligned with English Standards  


Teachers tell us they want to teach relationship skills but need our programs aligned with their academic standards to make it easier to do so. To help you, we are pleased to announce that thanks to Nancy McLaren of Boston University, The Art of Loving Well has been aligned to the English Language Arts Core Standards for Grade 8. (Download them from the right nav bar.)  


Nancy comments, “The English standards charts consist of all the nitty-gritty but don’t make the most compelling point: Teachers involved in four years of field testing consistently reported that their students’ language arts skills improved across the board because they were reading, speaking, writing, thinking about a topic they cared about. Teens’ lives revolve around their relationships and communication, and this curriculum motivates and inspires them. In fact, as you know, students almost always read more selections than are assigned just because of their level of interest.”


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ACF Youth Demonstration Development Project

Report Highlights Resources to Support At-Risk Youth   


The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has released the report, “Synthesis of Research and Resources to Support At-Risk Youth.” The report provides the latest research on the risk factors these youth face, highlights their needs, and describes how ACF and community programs have helped serve them. It then discusses how programs can be better catered to meet at- risk youth’s needs in the future. The report is available online.


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Strategies for Preventing Multiple Risky Behaviors Among Adolescents

Strategies for Preventing Multiple Risky Behaviors among Adolescents


Child Trends has released Preventing Multiple Risky Behaviors among Adolescents, a brief that summarizes seven strategies for preventing multiple risky behaviors among adolescents. Child Trends identified these strategies through a comprehensive literature review, which will be published later this fall. For each strategy, Child Trends synthesized scientific studies and evaluations to highlight several programs that have shown promise for reducing multiple risky behaviors by working with adolescents in family, peer, school, and community settings.  


Risky behaviors are fairly common in adolescence and can be associated with serious, long-term consequences, particularly when adolescents engage in more than one behavior. Although adolescents often take part in multiple risky behaviors, most risk prevention programs have been designed to prevent a single risky behavior. However, research suggests that there are program approaches that may prevent multiple risky behaviors as well as common factors that can influence risk-taking. Designing programs to prevent multiple risky behaviors by specifically targeting common risk and protective factors may be more cost-effective and more likely to produce long-term behavioral change.


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Like us on Facebook Help The Dibble Institute Get More “Likes” on FB!


The Dibble Institute brings you updates, links, and news about relationship education and other related topics via Facebook. Spread the word to your networks and friends!


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Funding Streams for Relationship Education   

 Key Bank Foundation

KeyBank Foundation


The KeyBank Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations that foster economic self-sufficiency in the communities where KeyBank operates in Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and Washington. The Foundation’s Financial Education category supports programs that foster effective financial management and understanding of financial services and tools. Requests may be submitted throughout the year and are reviewed quarterly. Application guidelines and forms are available on the KeyBank website.



Safe Schools Healthy Students Safe Schools Healthy Students

The Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) initiative encourages schools and communities to work in partnership to create safe and healthy school environments in which youth can learn and develop. School districts partner with law enforcement officials, local mental health authorities, and juvenile justice officials to provide students, schools, and communities the benefit of enhanced, comprehensive services that can promote healthy childhood development and prevent violence and alcohol and other drug use. SS/HS grantees are funded through a federal
partnership among the U.S. Departments of Education, Justice, and Health and Human Services. For a complete list of the 100 districts, to see how you could help.


 Safe and Supportive Schools

 Safe and Supportive Schools 


The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $38.8 million in Safe and Supportive School (SSS) grants to 11 states (Arizona, California, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin) to measure school safety at the building level and to provide federal funds for interventions in those schools with the greatest needs. The ultimate goal of the grants is to create and support safe and drug-free learning environments, and increase academic success for students in these high-risk schools.


To address factors that impact conditions for learning – bullying, harassment, violence, and substance abuse – grantees are in the process of implementing programs and/or developing initiatives to collect and use data to make changes to improve student outcomes. If you are in one of the 11 states, click here for your state contact. Call and see how you can be of assistance!


Find your own donor!

Donors Choose, 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!   


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Save the date –

The Dibble Institute Calendar


November 4-6, 2011  

Jump$tart National Education Conference  

Washington, DC  

Workshop: Money Habitudes  

Presenter: Syble Solomon  


November 6-8, 2011  

Building Bridges Conference  

Jefferson City, MO  

Workshop: Money Habitudes  


November 12, 2011
Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Detroit, MI


December 6, 2011
Michigan Jump$tart Teacher Conference
Detroit, MI
Exhibitor: Irene Varley


February 13-15, 2012
Educating for Careers
Sacramento, CA
Workshop: Relationship Education: The Missing Link
Presenter: Kay Reed


February 20-24, 2012
Annual National Fatherhood and Families Conference
Los Angeles, CA
Reach Teens, Teach Teens
Presenter: Kay Reed

Presenter: Joyce Huff


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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 Tour the Dibble  Website!

 Dibble Heart 

Welcome to the many new educators, Extension agents, and clinicians who have recently joined our Dibble community!


Please take a quick tour of our new website. You’ll find:

  • FREE sample lessons and movie guides to help young people get smart about their love lives.
  • Evaluations that show how youth relationship education programs effectively address some of the most pressing social problems we face.
  • Links that we at The Dibble Institute think are good resources for teens, parents, and instructors.



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