Healthy Relationship News – September 2011

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Under Pressure: What African-American Teens Aren't Telling You About Sex, Love, and Relationships

Under Pressure: What African-American Teens Aren’t Telling You About Sex, Love, and Relationships


The National Campaign and ESSENCE Magazine have teamed up to conduct a nationally-representative survey of 1,500 African-American youth ages 13-21 to better understand their attitudes about relationships, sex, dating, parents, the media, and the overall context in which they make decisions about these issues.


Read the full report and get more information at:  


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  Relationship Smarts  

Helping Teens Develop Relationship Smarts in Georgia  


Relationship education is developmentally relevant and timely for youth because they are just beginning to have and understand romantic relationships. While some youth may have witnessed and learned about positive couple interactions from good models, many may have witnessed only poor models of couple relationships.  


College of Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H Extension Agents in various counties across Georgia are trained to provide Relationship Smarts workshops – find a trained agent near you. If you are interested in more information, please contact your county College of Family and Consumer Sciences agent at 1-800-ASK-UGA1


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Why Marriage Matters

New Report: Cohabitation Not Divorce Is Linked to Family Instability  


Released by a group of 18 family scholars, Why Marriage Matters powerfully summarizes major new findings from the social sciences on the state of marriage and family life in the U.S. While divorce rates for families with children have fallen, family instability continues to increase for the nation’s children overall, in part because more than 40 percent of American children will now spend time in a cohabiting household. Read the Executive Summary here.





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Study: Are Cohabiting Parents Bad For Kids?
by Jennifer Ludden, NPR News – August 16, 2011  


As more and more U.S. couples decide to have children without first getting married, a group of 18 family scholars is sounding an alarm about the impact this may have on those children.  


In a new report out on Tuesday, they say research shows the children of cohabiting parents are at risk for a broad range of problems, from trouble in school to psychological stress, physical abuse and poverty.  


The study is put out by the National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values, groups whose missions include strengthening marriage and family life. It suggests a shift in focus is needed away from the children of divorce, which has long been a preoccupying concern for such scholars.


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Love is not Abuse App App educates folks on teen dating abuse  


A new iPhone app launched this week is designed to educate parents about teen dating abuse and violence, and how to get help to combat it.  


The app, Love is Not Abuse, shows how teenagers can use technology such as cellphones and social networking sites to exert control over other adolescents.  


“Technology is a tool for someone trying to exert power or control to do that. We’ve heard of cases of teens in relationships checking up on their partner, 10, 20, even 30 times an hour,” said Jane Randel, of the clothing company Liz Claiborne, which helped to launch the app.


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Teach relationship skills to students

Why is it important to teach relationship skills to students? 


Check out this YouTube video! Representatives from healthy marriage and family programs throughout the country met to share their thoughts in a series of roundtable discussions over the summer of 2010.


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Funding Streams for Relationship Education   

 Verizon Core Initiatives

Verizon Foundation Initiatives


The Verizon Foundation is in the business of improving lives in literacy, knowledge and a readiness for the 21st Century. Specifically, we help people to:

  • Increase their literacy and educational achievement
  • Avoid being an abuser or a victim of domestic violence
  • Achieve and sustain their health and safety


 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


September 21-21, 2011  

Utah State University Adolescent Services  

Training: Love Notes  

Trainer: Dixie Zittlow


September 26 – 27, 2011

Richmond, VA 

Workshop: Relationships Matter: Partnering to Prevent Unplanned Pregnancy

Presenters: Paula Parker-Sawyers, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancies, DC; 

Debbie Agee, Henrico County, VA Tuckahoe High School Family & Consumer Science Teacher on Relationship Smarts PLUS.

October 11-14, 2011

Healthy Teen Network 

Pittsburgh, PA

Workshop: Getting Young Males Attention- New Messages to Motivate and New Skills to Empower

Presenter: Marline Pearson


October 14-15, 2011

Oregon Association of School Libraries 

Seaside, OR

Poster session: Things to Know Before You Say “Go” – tool for romance preparation

Presenter: Elsbeth Martindale


October 19-22, 2011

18th National Forum on Character Education 

San Francisco, CA

Workshop: Building a Healthy Citizenry: One Heart at a Time

Presenter: Kay Reed


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  

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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