Newsletter: April 2008

Building Relationship Skills NewsletterApril 2008

Dear Friends –

Over the last few months, research about to the importance of teaching healthy relationship skills to teens and youth has continued to build. In addition to the recent Rand Report, three recent findings also document the link between teen and adult outcomes, family structure and healthy relationships:

  • University of Illinois finding that when schools help kids learn to manage their emotions and practice empathy and caring, both their behavior and their grades improve.
  • A recent study by Susan L. Brown and Jennifer Roebuck Bulanda of data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health documents substantially higher levels of domestic violence towards cohabiting young women than towards their married counterparts.
  • A recent study by Yongmin Sun of data from the National Education Longitudinal Study correlates intact family structure during adolescence to successful adult outcome.

These findings provide fresh evidence to fuel our efforts and document our cases for preparing kids for healthy relationships now.

If you’d like to set your teens up for relationship success in their personal and professional lives, we’re here to help! Our research based, best practices teach-out-of-the-box materials and nationally renowned experts can help you develop or refine your teen and youth programs.

Visit our website at www.buildingrelationshipskills.orgfor a wealth of FREE resources, including sample lessons from our Dibble authors as well as teachers in the field that you can adapt to your own programs. And please read about our offer to help you apply for new grant money, our upcoming trainings, and more below.

Thanks for all you do and best wishes!

Kay Reed

Executive Director


Free Customized Grant Assistance from the Dibble Institute!

In response to new grant announcements from ACF and OAPP, we at The Dibble Institute would love to assist you in applying for either grant you are willing to write. We will give you budget estimates for materials and/or training; you can check our website for detailed information; and you can contact Joyce Huff at 316-721-1898 or Joyce@DibbleInstitute.org for help with a letter of support or advice about how to use our curricula in your application. We will be putting together grant tools to help in your pursuit so check our website for updates!


Great Deals on Dibble Institute Training & Materials at Smart Marriages 2008

Early registration is almost over now for the Smart Marriages 2008 Conference from July 2 – 5 in San Francisco – don’t miss out on the amazing opportunities! You can be trained in a selection of our research backed and widely used curricula and get paid to do it! An informational flier is attached – please print a copy and share with your friends and colleagues!

TEACHERS: Here’s a deal especially for you!!!

The Dibble Institute has arranged for you to earn Professional CEUs at our 1-day and 2-day Institutes at the Smart Marriages Conference 2008 in San Francisco this summer. Receive cutting edge training in the latest relationship skills curricula developed especially for teens, and save big time while you’re doing it! ALLteachers may use these units for the quantitative measurement, recording, reporting, accumulation, transfer, and recognition of participation by adults in non-credit continuing education activities.

Click here for the details


April is National Library and Poetry month!

Take the opportunity this week to kill two birds with one stone – encourage youth to read AND effortlessly cultivate healthy relationship skills.

The message of a new report by the National Endowment for the Arts, based on an analysis of data from about two dozen studies from the federal Education and Labor Departments, the Census Bureau as well as other academic, foundation and business surveys is that Americans, especially young Americans, appear to be reading less, and their reading test scores and performance in other academic disciplines like math and science is declining. Employers are rating workers deficient in basic writing skills.

The Art of Loving Well, our literature based curriculum, is an antidote to our fast paced, highly technological world of sound bites, instant messaging, multi-tasking, and immediate gratification. This program helps teens develop “habits of reflection” along with their reading skills – to become less impulsive, to consider the consequences of real life decisions, and to make wise decisions when they face complex situations. Since good communication skills are a crucial ingredient of good relationships, this program challenges teens to grapple with complex ideas, to listen closely to others, and to find the very best words to articulate their own thoughts and questions.


Our 3rd Annual ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP SKILLS LESSON PLAN SEARCH is now underway! We are seeking creative, original lesson plans dealing with any aspect of romantic relationships or marriage. Entries which are easy to teach and are based in current research are encouraged. The competition is held to help teens learn how to navigate their romantic lives and to encourage the educational leaders who teach these essential healthy relationship skills to teens.

Send or FAX your entry to:

The Dibble InstitutePO Box 7881Berkeley, CA 94707-0881972-226-2824 FAX

The first place winner will receive a Dibble Institute gift certificate good for $500 in educational materials; second place winner will receive a gift certificate for $250; and third place winner will receive a gift certificate for $125. Runners up will receive Dibble Institute gift certificates for $50.

The deadline for all entries is September 1, 2008. Judging will be completed by November, 2008. All winning entries will become the property of The Dibble Institute and will be available to the public. None of the entries will be returned.

You can learn more about the contest and download an application to submit your own original lesson. For more information, please contact Joyce Huff at (800) 695-7975 or joyce@dibbleinstitute.org. Good luck!


Upcoming Dibble Institute trainings and workshops:

April 23 Love U2©: Relationship Smarts PLUS trainingHalifax County SchoolsRoanoke Rapids, NCMarline PearsonContact: Bernard Hall, trcbk@mindspring.com

April 28 and 29 Love U2©: Relationship Smarts PLUS Professional DevelopmentProfessional Development Day for Pregnancy Prevention Staff of SNAP Long IslandHosted by SNAP of Long Island22 West Main Street, Suite 7Patchogue, NY 11772Contact: Kim Mansuetokmansueto@snapinc.org631-447-0698 ext. 116

Two professional development days:

April 28

Family Service League790 Park AvenueHuntington, NY

April 29

Cornell Cooperative Extension423 Griffing AvenueRiverhead, NY

June 8 Love U2©: Relationship Smarts, PLUSJune 9 Essential DisciplinesWyoming Family and Consumer Sciences 2008Torrington, WYContact: Michelle Aldrich – teachwyo@yahoo.com

July 1 The Art of Loving Well; Essential Disciplines July 2 Connections: Dating & Emotions; Connections: Relationships & Marriage1.6 CEUs available for teachers!Smart Marriages 2008San Francisco, CAContact: http://www.smartmarriages.com/conferencedetails.html

July 6 Relationship Smarts PLUS 0.8 CEUs available for teachers!Smart Marriages 2008San Francisco, CAContact: http://www.smartmarriages.com/conferencedetails.html


The Dibble Institute for Marriage Education is a nonprofit 501c3 organization dedicated to helping young people learn skills that enable successful relationships and marriages. We serve as a nationwide advocate and resource for youth marriage education. We develop, publish, and distribute materials that help teens learn healthy relationship skills.

Our research based, best practice, developmentally appropriate programs – being taught across the country – teach students the skills and knowledge that are central to building and maintaining healthy romances and, eventually, marriages.  Curricula are easily adapted to classroom, church, community, agency and youth group settings and are appropriate for Family and Consumer Science, career prep and English teachers; youth agency workers; independent living coordinators; abstinence and teen pregnancy prevention workers; camp and after school program staff; Healthy Marriage, CBAE, and Head Start grantees; youth pastors; social workers; and parents.

The Dibble Institute is nonpartisan and nonsectarian. Our activities are funded through sales of educational materials and services and through support from foundations, corporations and individuals.