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Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Grants Toolkit

The Dibble Institute’s programs help enhance outcomes for vulnerable, at-risk or homeless youth in the core area of social and emotional well-being as well as reduce risks and build protective factors using a Positive  Youth Development approach.

Our engaging, relevant, and inclusive programs offer tools to build healthy permanent connections, and encourage educational completion and employment.

By including Mind Matters, Love Notes, and/or Money Habitudes in your grant plan. you will both strengthen your proposal and create better outcomes for the youth you serve. Email RelationshipSkills to request free 30 day online review copies. Please let us know that you are applying for RHY funding.

To discuss your implementation plans, budget (including how to access Dibble’s 10% in-kind match), or sustainability strategies please contact us at 800-695-7975.

Dibble programs meet the needs of your youth (and help you write a strong application!)

Mind Matters – Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience helps to build new social and emotional habits and skills that help traumatized youth (including runaway homeless youth and young parents, trafficked youth and at-risk youth) take charge of their own healing, prevent re-traumatization, and reduce stress in young parents that helps ensure the well-being of children.

Mind Matters can be taught to groups (12  one-hour lessons) or individuals (21 15-20 minute sessions).

Mind Matters focuses on six major goals:

  1. Utilize Self-Soothing Skills
  2. Develop an Observing Self
  3. Strengthen Relationships
  4. Compassion for the Hijacked Brain
  5. Practice Self-Care
  6. Live Intentionally

Positive Youth Development

Evidence Base

Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience

Love Notes 3.0 Classic, an evidence-based relationship skills program, empowers young people by developing these protective factors:

  1. Create strong social supports,
  2. Develop relationship capacity,
  3. Build permanent connections,
  4. Improve social and emotional well being,
  5. Prevent and/or decrease risky behaviors,
  6. Become healthier parents (MHG), and
  7. Learn life skills and employability skills.

Money Habitudes for Young Adults gives young people the opportunity to connect their hearts and heads when planning their financial lives. Money Habitudes 2 is written specifically for at-risk and low resource youth in community programs, including pregnancy prevention, teen parenting, and job readiness.


Integrating a trauma informed approach:

Utilizing Mind Matters: Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience in your professional development will help to integrate a trauma informed approach into your organization, partnerships, and community systems.

It will:

  • Educate your staff and partners about trauma and the paths for recovery;
  • Help your staff recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma in youth, families, staff, and others;
  • Giving your staff the tools to integrate knowledge about and response to trauma into your practices
  • Help avoid re-traumatization.


“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

Improving Young People’s Outcome through Harm Reduction and Resiliency Work

As a facilitator, the ultimate hope for program participants is to find meaning in curriculum sessions that eventually lead to behavior change. For some young people who have experienced trauma and adversity, the capacity to experiment with change can be frightening and overwhelming. By incorporating a Harm Reduction Framework into your facilitation, young people are given more opportunities to experience success, believe change is possible, and to strengthen their resiliency. During this webinar, participants will: Review and define Harm Reduction as a framework Discuss the benefits and challenges of Harm Reduction framework Review the role of resiliency and its importance in changing behavior Gain practical tools to improve resiliency for program participants

Presenter: Kim Frierson, Training Specialist for RHYTTAC, the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center

Runaway and Homeless Youth Case Studies

Organization: Great Circle, Springfield, Missouri (DOWNLOAD CASE STUDY)

Funding: Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) grant and the Children Trust

Curricula used: Love Notes

Organization: Starry SAFE Place, Round Rock, TX (DOWNLOAD CASE STUDY)

Program Name: Children at the Heart Ministry

Funding: Runaway and Homeless Youth Grants

Curricula used: Relationship Smarts PLUS

Note: To show our commitment to your good work using these RHY grant funds, The Dibble Institute will give a 10% match on all materials, technical assistance, and training purchased with RHY grant funds.

The Dibble Institute is  pleased to sign an MOU with you as part of your  application.

To help us understand your plans, please send an email with the following information:

  1. A brief overview of your project – setting, populations, proposed implementation plan
  2. Numbers of young people you plan to serve each year of the grant.
  3. Your signed Materials, Professional Development, and Training Agreement. We ask applicants to complete this form because we want to make sure that you have everything you need in your budget to assure success.