Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Program 2018

Applicant Toolkit

The Dibble Institute is dedicated to your success as an applicant for the 2018 Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Program grants.

Love Notes is the only evidence-based curriculum that the Department of Health and Human Services has evaluated that has both reduced the teen pregnancy rate by 46% and also had positive outcomes for helping sexually active teens to decrease their frequency of sexual activity. More teens who were taught Love Notes stopped having sex and chose to remain abstinent compared to the control group.

Love Notes, an adaptation of Relationship Smarts PLUS, is developmentally appropriate for older teens and young parents. Since the content of Love Notes and Relationship Smarts PLUS is virtually the same, we expect Relationship Smarts PLUS to share similar results.

Both programs share key program elements that have been found to be effective in positive youth behavior change.

Mind Matters Journal

Addressing trauma and risk behaviors is a key component of this grant. Mind Matters – Overcoming Adversity and Increasing Resilience helps to address trauma needs 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 negative factors.

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

Request a free 30-day online review copy of our programs.

Cross walk between grant requirements and Dibble materials:

  Love Notes SRA Relationship Smarts PLUS SRA
Medically accurate
SRAE curricula with an evidence base

Evidence base

(Relationship Smarts PLUS is an adaptation of Love Notes for younger youth, thus shares the same evidence base.)

Practical implementation strategies

Implementation readiness

Implementation readiness
Risk avoidance approach

SMARTool crosswalk

SMARTool crosswalk
Does not normalize teen sexual activity
Targets at-risk youth

Ages 15-24


Used with high-needs urban, rural, foster, refugee, LGBTQ populations.

Ages 12-16


Used with high-needs urban, rural, corrections, group home populations.

Intervention can be adapted with developer approval
Fidelity implementation tools available

Curricula requirement cross-walk.

For your budget:

Training 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
  • Professional development training
  • Technical assistance throughout the project
  • Training of trainers for ongoing sustainability

Other topics we can help you with:

  • Review and oversight of adaptations to assure fidelity
  • Successful implementation models in schools and youth development programs
  • Identifying referral resources
  • Creating realistic recruitment and retention plans
  • Assisting you prepare your program’s logic model
  • Sustainability planning

Please call Training Coordinator, Cathy Guidry at 800-695-7975 or Cathy @ to begin the needs assessment process and development of your personalized training plan.

Third Party Agreement/Memorandum of Understanding

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

  1. 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.)
  2. A brief overview of your project – setting, youth targeted, proposed timing of instruction (how many hours/days/weeks), number of instructional hours
  3. Recruitment/retention plan
  4. Evaluation approach and research question(s), if including
  5. How you plan to implement with fidelity and what adaptations, if any, you propose.