Community Action

WEBINAR: Exploring Social Poverty: Low-Income Populations and the Impact of Family and Community Ties

The impact of financial poverty has been a focus of researchers for decades. In this webinar Dr. Sarah Halpern-Meekin, author of “Social Poverty: Low-income Parents and the Struggle for Family and Community Ties,” examines another dimension of poverty that has been considerably understudied: social poverty. Social poverty, or lacking adequate of close, dependable, and trusting relationships, is an often-ignored form of hardship that is separate from financial poverty. Developing healthy relationship skills and coping mechanisms through relationship education may help address social poverty. Join us as Dr. Halpern-Meekin discusses the relational and emotional dimensions of poverty and the benefits relationship education has to offer. Specifically, webinar attendees will learn: To identify what social poverty is, and how it may motivate participation in relationship education How programs can purposefully try to build participants’ social resources Presenter: Sarah Halpern-Meekin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison….


WEBINAR: Project Rise: Bringing Relationship Education to Hispanic Youth

Join the staff from Project Rise as they share with you how they are successfully engaging the Latino community including youth and their parents in healthy relationship skills programming. Project Rise is utilizing Relationship Smarts PLUS (Sexual Risk Avoidance Adaptation) to prevent teen pregnancy, reduce associated risk behaviors, and promote healthy adolescent development among Latino teens aged 12-18. They are working in four neighborhoods of Los Angeles County where measures of sexual risk are significantly higher than the national average. In focus groups the young people reported learning: Communication and relationships skills including ways to speak with family and friends as well as controlling their anger How to be self-reflective including understanding infatuation vs true love and effective decision making skills Ways to talk with their parents or a trusted adult about sex and healthy relationships. Presenters:  John Lewis, Southern California Director, Urban Strategies Guillermo Pichardo, Youth Advocate, Catalyst SGV Who Should Attend:…


WEBINAR: “Meet Them Where They Are” Building Protective Factors for the Future

Hear how three agencies that use different funding streams utilize relationship education to meet youth where they are in order to help them to prepare for healthy lives and futures. These organizations use Dibble’s programs to build protective factors so the youth can communicate effectively in jobs, set safe boundaries in relationships, make healthy decisions about their love lives. These agencies serve young people in schools, transitional living homes, and community-based settings. Attendees will: Understand the needs of vulnerable youth Demonstrate how relationship education meets vulnerable youth where they are Learn about best practices used in diverse settings Presenters Panel: Mina Koplin – Salt Lake County, SLC, UT (SLC) – TLP Funded Emily Spruill – Advocates for Children/Flowering Branch, Cartersville, GA – ILP through VOCA funding Reta Johnson – Family Center, Little Rock, AR – PREP Funded Resources: September 2019 Webinar PPT


WEBINAR: Learning about Positive Youth Development: A Free & Fun Course for Youth Work Professionals

What does positive youth development mean to us? We may think about competencies, opportunities, and supports young people need to thrive and make healthy decisions. We may think about youth voice and leadership. In this webinar co-creator Jutta Dotterweich will provide a guided tour of a new, interactive online training course on positive youth development. This free resource consists of six, stand-alone segments, which were developed with a wide range of audiences in mind (e.g., volunteers, parents, frontline youth workers). Join us to learn about this free, engaging, and informative online resource! Specifically, webinar attendees will be able to: Identify at least three key principles of positive youth development Describe meaningful roles for young people Locate web resources that they can apply in their youth programming Presenter: Jutta Dotterweich, M.A. Director of Training, ACT for Youth Center of Excellence. Resources: August 2019 Webinar PPT


WEBINAR: Essential Collaborations: Successfully Implementing Relationship Education with Underserved Students

ChildBuilders of Houston, Texas faced many challenges when introducing Relationship Smarts PLUS to disadvantaged youth. Limited instructional time, untrained staff, lack of funding, discipline issues, student mental health concerns, low parental support, and inconsistent attendance were some of the barriers that discouraged schools from fully participating in the program. They found, however, that one way to overcome these barriers was to partner with community organizations that worked in schools. The successful collaboration between ChildBuilders and ProUnitas now makes it possible for students in Houston public schools to learn the essential social and emotional skills presented in Relationship Smarts PLUS. Learn how their partnership is beneficial for both organizations as well as for the students they serve. Gain an understanding of what it takes to seek and develop new partnerships, communicate goals and expectations, share resources, and secure funding. At the conclusion of this webinar, you will be able to: Identify ways that community…


WEBINAR: Beyond the Feds – Proven Fundraising Strategies for Healthy Relationship Programs

Learn proven strategies of raising private money for relationship skills classes with youth. Our panel will discuss a wide variety of methods they have used to fund classes that help teens get smart about their love lives. Presenter Panel:  Carol Jackson, Program Director of Families Matter in Memphis, TN. Erin Stone, Executive Director of Relationship Skills Center in Sacramento, CA. Kathy Schleier, Executive Director of Family Frameworks in Dalton, GA. Resources: July 2014 Webinar PPT


WEBINAR: Money Habitudes 2 – for At-Risk Youth: What Money Means, and Why it Matters

Do your students show little interest in learning money management skills? Can they understand the skills but do not connect them to the relevancy of them in their lives, therefore show little progress in their personal saving, spending, budgeting behavior? Learn about the newest Dibble program, Money Habitudes 2®, a quick way to introduce vulnerable youth to the non-technical, human side of money – a critical element of successful money management. Learn how Money Habitudes 2® Is relevant for many grant programs including pregnancy prevention, teen parenting, and workforce development. Is valuable for building both financial competence and relationship skills. Is quick and easy to teach. Is youth friendly, fun, and activity focused. Presenter: David Durand, Leadership Development Manager, CCEO YouthBuild, Lennox, California Resources: May 2014 Webinar PPT


WEBINAR: The Greatest Gift to a Child: A Healthy Parental Relationship

Social Science research has taught us a great deal about how healthy and stable couple relationships matter to children. High rates of unplanned childbearing among teens and young adults are generating more gender, racial and income inequality plus producing profoundly unequal outcomes for children. Webinar attendees will examine: the impact of the parental relationship on children, the benefits a healthy parental union brings to a child and how educators can guide parents to create and sustain a healthy, parental relationship in today’s culture. Presenter: Dixie Zittlow, Director of Outreach, The Dibble Institute Resources: April 2014 Webinar PPT


WEBINAR: Up Your Game! Strengthen Your PREP Adult Preparation Topics Using Proven, Adaptable Materials

Now that you have figured out how to deliver excellent, evidence based pregnancy prevention instruction, how about your adult preparation topics? Join PREP Pregnancy Prevention Grant sub-awardees to learn how they are using Dibble evidence based materials to successfully teach the Adult Preparation topics. Learn how to: select the program that best engages your audience and adapt the material to meet your needs for time and topic. Presenters Panel: Felicia Tuggle, LMSW, PREP Director, Georgia Department of Human Services, Atlanta Dr. Ted Curtis, PH.D. CFLE, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, College of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Georgia, Athens Lisa Smith, RN, MSN, IBCLC, University of Utah Adolescent Services, Clinical Nurse at Teen Mom/Teen Health Clinic Robyn McLymont, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Senior Program Manager, OIC of South Florida Delano Grant, PREP Educator, OIC of South Florida Resources:  RSBPBRBP_Connection RSMAD_Connection RSMPC_Connection RSRR_Connection


WEBINAR: Impacting Future Generations: Implementing Relationship Education in the Community Setting

Who can change the world? You can! We can! Together we can change the world by providing relationship education to communities to impact communities in positive ways. Join our presenter as she shares how implementing healthy relationship education can strengthen families, stop the cycle of abuse and empower individuals to be productive citizens. She will examine the research regarding child abuse, family violence, and juvenile delinquency prevention. She will also highlight implementation models of relationship education in re-entry, Head Start, Workforce Development, and financial literacy programs. Presenter: Irene Varley, Director of Education, The Dibble Institute