Newsletter: June 2009

Building Healthy Relationship Skills Newsletter – June 2009

  • Rare Dibble public training event
  • New programs from Pearson and Kamper
  • New funding from the National Campaign
  • Love U2®: Relationship Smarts PLUS wins award
  • Parent discussion guide on relationships
  • Tips for engaging teens in relationship education
  • Family strength and adolescent outcome
  • The Dibble Institute calendar

Dear Friends,You’re invited to join us at two special Dibble events about youth relationships during the upcoming Smart Marriages conference in Orlando, FL.Trainings by Marline Pearson and Char Kamper!On July 7th – 8th, you’ll have the rare opportunity to attend trainings with our wonderful authors Marline Pearson(Love U2) and Char Kamper (Connections).We’re offering daylong sessions on each of four different curricula. These will prepare you to teach the programs, understand the underlying theories, and explore evaluation results (more details).As you know, Char and Marline usually hold trainings only for large, private groups. This year, you can train with them independently for two days, for only $270 (conference registrants, $370/day others).Enrollment lets you select any two trainings you wish.

July 7:• Connections: Dating & Emotions (Char), OR• Love U2: Relationship Smarts + (Marline)July 8:• Connections: Relationships & Marriage (Char), OR• Love U2: Baby Smarts (Marline).

Official Launch! New Programs from Marline and CharThursday afternoon (before the banquet) we’ll unveil some (really) innovative teaching resources.

Marline will discuss her edgy Love Notes, a relationship skills program for at-risk young adults and young parents (in English and Spanish).Char will introduce Healthy ChoicesHealthy Relationships, developed for health teachers to teach relationship skills.

We will have advance copies of both programs available at the conference for your review.Tickets for the Official Launch are free…just stop by our exhibit booth any time. Also be sure to ask about our other new programs, and pick up a small thank-you gift.Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.With all good wishes,Kay ReedExecutive Director


New funding from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned PregnancyThe National Campaign announced plans to provide grants to several state or local-level entities that are experiencing increasing rates or stubbornly high rates of teen pregnancy. They seek to enable applicants to undertake activities (building healthy romantic relationship skills, for instance) that would likely benefit their state/locality/tribe as well as help other communities prevent teen pregnancy. Groups working in Healthy Relationships and Healthy Marriages are invited to apply. Initial letters of intent are due by midnight, Eastern Time on Sunday, June 21st and full application information is available in the proposal PDF.Read the full proposal here


Love U2®: Relationship Smarts PLUS wins Association of Educational Publishers awardCongratulations to Marline Pearson! Her program – Love U®: Relationships Smarts PLUS received the Distinguished Achievement Award for grades 9-12 teaching aids! Visit the AEP website for more.


Parent discussion guide on relationshipsTeens report that the most important thing parents can do to teach them about healthy relationships is to talk to them about romance and dating!  To help parents with this topic, The National Campaign and The Dibble Institute developed this great conversation starter for parents: Relationship Redux:  Tips and Scripts for Talking to Your Kids About Relationships. Great to share with the parents of your students! Download a copy for free or buy a set at The Dibble Institute store.


Tips for engaging teens in relationship educationAre you puzzled about how best to reach teens with healthy relationship skills programs? The National Healthy Marriage Resource Center has just published an outstanding “how-to” guide entitled: “Appealing to Teens to Participate in Healthy Marriage / Relationship Education.” It offers practical advice (much from Dibble Institute experts) about engaging teenagers in healthy relationship and marriage programs.


Family strengths and adolescent outcomesRegardless of family economic circumstances, teens do better in caring, strong, involved families. That is hot-off-the-press from Child Trends. Exploring The Links Between Family Strengths and Adolescent Outcomesdocuments the positive links between parental care, involvement, role modeling and supervision and significantly better outcomes for adolescents in both lower-income and higher-income families.  (Editor’s Note: One can posit that, in general, it is easier for intact families to provide young people with these assets. Family formation matters!)


The Dibble Institute Training CalendarJune 6Wyoming Family Consumer Science Pre-ConferenceRock Springs, WYContact: Michelle AldrichWhy Buy the Cow? and Love U2®: Baby Smarts Trainer: Joyce HuffJuly 7 – 8Smart Marriages 13th Annual ConferenceShingle Creek Resort HotelOrlando, FL

School & Youth Marriage Education Programs, Kay Reed, chairFirst Comes Love – Institute Training – More Info!CLICK FOR FLYER to post in your community or send to your email list.CONNECTIONS – Char Kamper, MALove U2® – Marline Pearson, MAWe have to start with the kids! Get trained research-based programs; teach students the skills and knowledge that are central to building and maintaining healthy marriages. Curricula are easily adapted to classroom, church, agency, and youth group settings. Each of these programs meets the Federal criteria for youth relationship education.

June 16-19South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Summer Institute Charleston, SCContact: Irene VarleyLove Notes for Young Parents – New Pathways to PreventionLoving Safe, Loving Smart: Healthy Relationship Skills for Young ParentsWorkshop Presenter: Marline PearsonJune 16Idaho Professional-Technical Educators’ Summer ConferencePocatello, IdahoContact: Natalie Middleton 405-848-2171Relationships Smarts PLUS and Essential DisciplinesTrainer: Joyce HuffJune 22, 2009Marriage MATTERSHalifax, NCContact: Juanita Tate 919-832-1004Relationships Smarts PLUSTrainer: Marline PearsonJuly 12-15YouthBuild Transformation InstituteChicago, ILClosed sessionLove NotesTrainer: Marline PearsonJuly 21-24North Carolina ACTE/FCS ConferenceGreensboro, NCContact: Natalie Middleton 405-848-2171‘Why Teaching Teens about Marriage Matters”Presenter: Natalie MiddletonJuly 28Michigan Family and Consumer Science Teachers ConferenceEast Lansing, MIContact: Natalie Middleton 405-848-2171Connections: Relationships and MarriageHealthy Relationships, Healthy ChildrenTrainer: Char KamperJuly 28-30Ohio Family and Consumer Science Teachers Summer ConferenceColumbus, OHContact: Irene Varley“Teaching Teens Through Tough Times”Presenter: Irene VarleyAugust 3 – 6Virginia Family and Consumer Science ConferenceRichmond, VAContact: Natalie Middleton 405-848-2171“Why Teaching Teens About Marriage Matters”Presenter: Natalie MiddletonSeptember 252nd Annual Kansas Healthy Marriage ConferenceLawrence, KSContact: Joyce Webb 316-295-2335“Don’t Worry, It’s Just My First Wedding” Keynote“Fundraising 101 – Strategies for Thriving in Changing Times” WorkshopPresenter: Kay ReedNeed a Speaker?The Dibble Institute can customize a keynote, plenary, or workshop to meet the individual needs of your organization. Our presentations are interactive, high-paced and exciting!Simply let us know what you are trying to accomplish and we will do our best to get you there.For more information, please contact Irene Varley, Director of Education, at 941-360-1859 (M-F, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Eastern Time).


The Dibble Institute, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is dedicated to promoting healthy relationships and helping teens make wise choices! All of our materials are free of political or religious bias. Visit our Website & Catalog atwww.DibbleInstitute.org, or call 1-800-695-7975.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. Our activities are funded through sales of educational materials and services and through support from foundations, corporations and individuals.©2009 The Dibble Institute – Phone: 1-800-695-7975