Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Grant – 2019

Applicant Toolkit

The Dibble Institute is dedicated to your success as an applicant for the 2019 Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Program grants.

Love Notes Sexual Risk Avoidance Adaptation (SRA) is the version of Love Notes that meets all the criteria of this funding announcement because it complies with SRA criteria and is evidence based.

Love Notes is the only evidence based program that HHS has placed on their Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program list that both reduces adolescents’ risk for experiencing a pregnancy by 46%, delays initiation of sexual activity, and helps youth who are already sexually active return to a lifestyle without sex.

Relationship Smarts PLUS SRA, a research informed program based on Love Notes, is developmentally appropriate for younger teens, ages 12-16. Since the content of Love Notes and Relationship Smarts PLUS are virtually the same, one can expect Relationship Smarts PLUS to have similar positive outcomes as Love Notes.

Both Love Notes SRA  and Relationship Smarts PLUS SRA are medically accurate, age appropriate for ages 12-19, culturally and linguistically appropriate, and trauma-informed. Neither program normalizes teen sex.

Addressing trauma and risk behaviors are key components of this grant. Mind Mind Matters JournalMatters – Overcoming Adversity and Increasing Resilience , an evidence informed program, helps to heal the effects of trauma  in young people by giving them skills and tools to manage their own healing and growth. It also builds protective factors to mitigate the impact of the past and to decrease future risk behaviors.

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Below please find tools and grant aids for the SRA adaptations of Love Notes and Relationship Smarts PLUS along with Mind Matters. Let us know if there is other information that you would find useful.

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Training Expectations and Technical Assistance

The Dibble Institute will provide you with:

  • Professional training in the elements of each programs’ model
  • Insights into youth’s risk and protective factors
  • Ongoing opportunities for professional development
  • Technical assistance throughout the project

Third Party Agreement/Memorandum of Understanding

The Dibble Institute is  pleased to sign an MOU with you as part of your grant application. To help us understand your plans, please send an email to Aaron Larson at Aaron@ with the following information:

  • What program(s) you plan to use (If you are not planning to use the Dibble SRA programs, please  explain to help us understand your thinking.)
  • A brief overview of your project – setting, youth targeted, proposed timing of instruction (how many hours/days/weeks), number of youth reached, and instructional hours
  • Recruitment/retention plans
  • Evaluation approach and research question(s), if including
  • How you plan to implement with fidelity and what adaptations, if any, you propose.