An interesting and important way to help - 7/7/07
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Fri Jul 6 14:44:18 EDT 2007
As I mentioned in my Smart Marriage Conference plenary, Family and Consumer
Science (FACS) teachers are the smartest way we have to reach teens with
healthy relationship skills programs. They are trained family life educators
who are ready and willing to put in their oars and work with us!
And, now they need our input. They are seeking the advice of experts in
order to update the national FACS standards. This link will take you to a
series of surveys several of which are relevant to CMFCE members.
I encourage you and others to complete surveys on the following areas based
on their skills and expertise:
Study Area 6 - Family
Study Area 7 - Family and Community Services
Study Area 12 - Human Development
Study Area 13 - Interpersonal Relationships
Study Area 15 - Parenting
We all agree that we have to start with the kids. Yet, if we don't have
strong, supportive standards and competencies in our schools, we won't be
able to use FACS teachers as a means to an end.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
The Dibble Institute
KayReed at DibbleInstitute.org
Kay Reed was the recipient of a 2007 Smart Marriages Impact award at the
Denver conference Friday luncheon plenary session. This was a powerful
session and I encourage anyone who is interested in strengthening marriage
at a community level to listen to the recording. For one price you get all
three keynote speakers ($15.95 for the CD; $9.95 for the download; or $29.95
for the DVD). Order at 800-241-7785 or at
> #757-004 Friday, June 29
> Marriage and Caste in America
> Kay Hymowitz
> These days marriage is not just a personal issue; it's separating America's
> haves and the have-nots. And it threatens to do so far into the future. A
> lot of people think this is because the less fortunate don't have the money
> to get married. Not true. Marriage is probably the most important way to
> ensure economic security and even success - for you and your children.
> Black Marriage Day
> Nisa Muhammad
> Black Marriage Day spearheaded and anchors the growing national movement
> that invites the Black Community to reconsider marriage. It brings a wealth
> of marriage strengthening resources to the people to those most in need
> and, yet, who have had the least access. More and more community and faith
> organizations, grass roots activists, and lay educators are joining the
> ranks, determined to make a difference. Learn how you and your community can
> get on board.
> We Have to Start With the Kids
> Kay Reed
> Helping youth develop the skills and attitudes necessary for healthy, happy
> marriages is critical if we are truly going to change the culture. Plus, in
> addition to increased confidence that they know why and how to get and stay
> married, the marriage ed programs give side benefits including reduced verbal
> and physical aggression, improved communication with teachers, peers, parents
> and future employers. Bringing programs to your community is no longer an
> option, it's, as the kids would say, a "no brainer". Learn how easy it is!
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