Newsletter: May 2008

Building Relationship Skills NewsletterMay 2008

Dear Friends,

Three new grant opportunities have recently been announced that can help you set your teens up for success in their personal and professional lives, and we’re here to help!

The Dibble Institute is pleased to offer our full support to you – at no cost – in applying for all of these grants. Our highly experienced, nationally renowned authors and staff will help you plan great programs and prepare successful applications with our best practices youth curricula.  We provide:

  • Healthy relationship skills and marriage education curricula for teens and youth
  • Analysis and guidance about what information to include in your application
  • Research studies documenting the efficacies of our programs
  • Evaluation instruments for our programs
  • Letters of Support
  • Consultations with authors for program implementation assistance
  • Training for staff, teachers and parents
  • Training to assist in implementing programs
  • Technical support and brainstorming of grant ideas

For questions about our materials and how best to use them in your grant plans, please email Joyce Huff, Director of Outreach. To arrange for consultations, technical support, and training please email your request to

This is an outstanding opportunity to benefit from our combined expertise in grant writing AND healthy relationship education for teens – we all win for the KIDS!

Best wishes!

Kay ReedExecutive Directorkayreed@dibbleinstitute.org510-528-7975

Win $500 – Relationship Reality Contest Deadline Extended!

What does the word “relationship” mean to you??? Teens can still weigh in on this and enter to win $500 by submitting an original 15 – 30 second video about their “relationship reality” on the first ever Stay TV video contest. Deadline is now June 30, 2008 – encourage your kids to compete! More details

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

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 8 Love U2©: Relationship Smarts, PLUSJune 9 Essential DisciplinesWyoming Family and Consumer Sciences 2008Torrington, WYContact: Michelle Aldrich –

July 1 The Art of Loving Well; Essential DisciplinesJuly 2 Connections:  Dating & Emotions; Connections:  Relationships & Marriage1.6 CEUs available for teachers!Smart Marriages 2008San Francisco, CAContact:

July 6 Relationship Smarts PLUS0.8 CEUs available for teachers!Smart Marriages 2008San Francisco, CAContact:

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.