Newsletter: June 2008

Building Relationship Skills NewsletterJune 2008

Dear Friends –

Congratulations on another school year of work well done in teaching relationship skills to our teens!

As you plan summer activities for teens and consider programs for next school year, here’s a new research finding to bolster your resolve:

The California Healthy Marriages Coalition (CHMC) has published research findings from the 2008 California Marriage Baseline Survey which indicates that about 80% of all adults surveyed – regardless of differences in gender, income or age – think that teens should be taught relationship skills as part of their high school education! The CHMC will be sharing their full report at the Smart Marriage conference.

Remember you can sharpen your skills with this outstanding summer opportunity: get trained in a Dibble Institute research backed curriculum and GET PAID TO DO IT at the Smart Marriages 2008 Conference from July 2 – 5 in San Francisco!

Ifyou are in California, even if you aren’t registered for the conference, come see us at the exhibit area of the conference and learn how we can facilitate your work. An informational flier is attached – please print a copy and share it!

Smart Marriages 2008The Hilton San Francisco333 O’Farrell StreetSan Francisco, CAContact:

Exhibit hoursJuly 2: 5:30 – 9:30pmJuly 3: 8 – 7pmJuly 4 and June 5: 8 – 6pm

Have a fun and safe summer.  We will be bringing you more great new materials in the fall!

Kay ReedExecutive Directorkayreed@dibbleinstitute.org510-528-7975

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 Good luck!

Upcoming Dibble Institute trainings and workshops:

June 17-18IdahoEssential Disciplines and Relationship Smarts PLUSTrainer: Joyce Huff

June 18-19AAHMIChapel Hill, NCWorkshop (teen panel discussion, Relationship smarts PLUS activity) and exhibitTrainer: Carol Jackson

July 22Kentucky Community Action GroupFrankfort, KYOverview of all Dibble Institute programsTrainer: Irene Varley

July 24North Carolina Family Consumer SciencesGreensboro, NCTrainer: Joyce Huff

July 28Iowa Family Consumer SciencesAmes, IAEssential Disciplines and Relationship Smarts PLUS workshop and exhibitTrainer: Joyce Huff

July 28Ohio Family Consumer SciencesColumbus, OHEssential Disciplines TrainingTrainer: Diana Leigh, Ph.D. and Irene Varley

July 30Nevada Association of Consumer and Technical Educators, Professional DevelopmentHorizon Casino ResortLake Tahoe, NV.Overview of all Dibble Institute programsPresenter: Kay Reed

August 3-9Texas Family Consumer Sciences ConferenceDallas, TXRelationship Smarts PLUS and Essential Disciplines workshopsTrainers: Jessica Pool and Joyce Huff

August 6-8Ohio Family Consumer Sciences ConferenceColumbus, OHTrainer: Irene Varley

Sept. 26Indiana Family Consumer Sciences Training DayIndianapolis, INConnections and Relationship Smarts PLUSTrainer: Irene Varley

August 3-6Virginia Association of Consumer and Technical EducatorsRoanoke, VARelationship Smarts PLUSTrainers: Marline Pearson and Carol Jackson

November 12 – 14Michigan Family Consumer SciencesLansing, MIEssential Disciplines and Relationship Smarts PLUS WorkshopsTrainer: Irene Varley

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.