Newsletter: May 2007

Building Relationship Skills NewsletterMay 2007

Dear Friends,

This month, the relational health of our teens is being highlighted in a variety of venues.  May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month and there are a variety of other teen oriented observances ranging from National Prom and Graduation Safety Month to National Foster Care Month.  Our own Love U2® curricula was singled out for recognition as an outstanding approach with teens by the Brookings Institution during testimony about “Solutions to Poverty” before the House Ways and Means Committee on April 26.

Youth relationship and marriage education curricula effectively address some of today’s most pressing social problems including adolescent pregnancy, violence, poor parent-child relationships and marital distress.  Prevention is the key and the place to start is by teaching teens these skills, behaviors and attitudes before they marry.  Empirical research shows that such programs can:

  • Decrease peer-to-peer physical violence, reduce verbal aggression, improve communications with parents and change negative attitudes towards marriage and marriage education.
  • Improve students’ ability to resist sexual pressure and decrease negative behaviors at home and at school.
  • Show promise in reducing dating violence and abuse.

Please take advantage of the rich opportunities available this month to engage teens in healthy relationship building activities and events.

With all warm wishes,

Kay ReedExecutive Director____________________________________________________________________

Love U2® receives commendation in Congressional testimony

In testimony before the Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support, of the House Ways and Means Committee, Isabel Sawhill, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, singled out the Love U2® curriculum for praise as a pioneering effort “. . . to teach young people about healthy relationships at the same time they teach them about avoiding risky sexual behavior and the value of waiting.  In short, these efforts are focused squarely on trying to help young people understand how to achieve responsible and respectful relationships.”

Ms. Sawhill noted that reducing poverty requires a focus both on what government and individuals need to do – “responsible policies and responsible behavior.”  She suggested three priorities to address the issue:  expanding early childhood education, reducing teen pregnancy and early, out-of-wedlock childbearing, and encouraging work.  http://www3.brookings.edu/views/testimony/sawhill/20070426.pdf

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FREE Dibble Institute training in Denver on Thursday, June 28

Don’t forget to register for the 2007 Smart Marriages conference, on June 28 – July 1 in Denver. Even if you can’t come to the entire conference, take advantage of the opportunity to receive a full day of FREE training with our curriculum authors Char Kamper, Nancy McLaren, and Marline Pearson!  Register for #119, “School & Youth Marriage Education” at: http://www.smartmarriages.com/institutes.html.____________________________________________________________________National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

Check out The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy’s website for a wealth of ideas to celebrate National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, review two new web portals and read about Stay Teen, their new website and public service ad campaign for teens.

The first new portal, “What is Your Relationship Reality?” is geared towards teens and includes valuable facts about healthy relationships as well as a place for visitors to share their own relationship realities.  The second, “Why It Matters”, is dedicated to explaining the affect of teen pregnancy on other critical social issues and includes ten helpful fact sheets.   For more information, visit: www.teenpregnancy.org.

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The Dibble Institute for Marriage Education is a nonprofit 501c3 organization dedicated to helping young people learn skills which enable successful relationships and marriages.  We serve as a nationwide advocate and resource for youth marriage education and publish materials which help teach relationship skills.  The Dibble Institute is non-religious and nonpolitical.  Our activities are funded through sales of educational materials and services and through support from foundations, corporations and individuals.