Newsletter: September 2009

Building Healthy Relationship Skills Newsletter – September 2009

  • National Bullying Awareness Week is Oct. 4 – 10
  • Social and emotional intelligence training reduces teen violence
  • NEW curriculum and resources from Dibble!
  • Free bullying and cyber bullying tipsheets
  • Love Notes News
  • The Dibble Institute calendar

Dear Friends,National Bullying Awareness Week is Oct. 4 – 10.  Commit right now to teaching your students social and emotional life skills to counteract bullying and interpersonal violence – we‘ve made it easy for you!  Start by downloading and using our FREE dating violence protocols and the excellent parent tipsheets that Connect with Kids has produced about bullying and cyber bullying referenced below.Social and Emotional intelligence training not only provides the important skills teens need for all their relationships – friendships, family, school and work – research proves it also combats the skyrocketing incidents of in-school violence, cyber bullying, and dating violence. All of our programs intentionally teach strong dating violence avoidance and safety skills.Be sure to check out our great new products and add them to your lesson plans NOW for a strong school year:

Thanks for all your great work and have a wonderful school year,Kay Reed,Executive DirectorP.S Don’t wait – act to make social and emotional intelligence training a part of your school’s safety plan today! And please share this information with others who want to help teens with their social and emotional IQ’s!


Bullying Tip Sheets Teachers, take advantage of two great free resources! Connect with Kids has produced downloadable parent tip sheets about bullying and cyber bullying that support character education in the classroom. These supplements get the whole family behind your good work!


Love Notes NewsThe 2008-2009 Developing Healthy Relationships Initiative pilot funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation trained facilitators from six YouthBuild sites in Love Notes: Making Relationships Work for Young Adults and Young Parents, by Marline Pearson.The goal is to help YouthBuild programs teach healthy relationship skills to participants so they can form and sustain healthy intimate and co-parenting relationships and stay focused on completing their education and learning job skills.Over 200 young adults participated in the pilot project. The evaluation showed that participants improved their attitudes, knowledge and perceived skills associated with healthy relationships. YouthBuild USA has received a second grant to train an additional ten YouthBuild programs in the Love Notes curriculum in the 2009-10 school year.


The Dibble Institute CalendarSeptember 12Back2School Basics ConferenceOntario, CAContact: Heather.Davis@cityofrc.usHealthy Choices, Healthy RelationshipsPresenter:  Char KamperSeptember 19Family and Marriage ConferenceWaukegan, ILInformation and registration: www.familybridgeschicago.org“The Missing Link:  Relationship Education”Presenter:  Carol JacksonSeptember 21-228th Annual SC After School ConferenceColumbia, SCInformation and registration: www.scafterschool.com“The Missing Link: Relationship Education”Presenter:  Charlotte WorleySeptember 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 ReedSeptember 28Risky Business XXII ConferenceDes Moines, IAInformation and registration: www.iaae.net“Introduction to Love Notes:  Making Relationships Work…for young adults and young parents” Presenter:  Joyce HuffOctober 23 and 24Healthy Teen Network Annual ConferenceTampa, FLInformation and registration: www.HealthyTeenNetwork.org“Introduction to Love Notes:  Making Relationships Work… for young adults and young parents”Presenter:  Marline PearsonNeed 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).


About The Dibble InstituteFounded in 1996, The Dibble Institute (TDI) is a private, nonprofit organization created to promote relationship skills training for youth, with a special focus on dating and romantic interactions. Our goal is to help young people gain the skills and knowledge essential for healthy relationships now, and in the future. Some of our activities include:

  • Raising awareness of the needs for and benefits of helping young people learn the skills needed to navigate their romantic lives;
  • Developing and distributing teaching materials designed for use in schools and a wide variety of other settings,
  • Educating opinion leaders and policy makers;
  • Training teachers and youth instructors;
  • Consulting on effective implementation strategies and grant application approaches, and
  • Serving as a clearinghouse to collect and disseminate timely and relevant research and other evidence of the benefits of youth relationship education.

TDI programs are used in all 50 states and around the world in thousands of schools, youth agencies, and other youth programs impacting tens of thousands of young people. We are funded primarily by the sales of our educational materials and training programs. For more information, please visit www.DibbleInstitute.org.©2009 The Dibble Institute – Phone: 1-800-695-7975