Family Resources Inc. proposes to continue to provide the Safe2B-You and Me program that will enroll a minimum of 750 high school youth during fiscal year 2021-22. Of this number, 675 or 90% in FY 2021-22 will successfully complete the workshops offered. These services will be provided in Pinellas and Manatee Counties, Florida.
Our intent with the Safe2B-You and Me program is to provide relationship education services to a variety of youth in high schools, focusing primarily on Title 1 and alternative as well as mainstream schools. Many of the youth in alternative schools are in out of home care, those who are struggling in school, come from disadvantaged backgrounds, low-income and may have few healthy role models upon which to rely and learn from. These young people are those most likely to be at-risk for troubled relationships, poor parenting skills and those who have a personal history of trauma and toxic stress in the form of abuse or neglect and/or violence in their home or community. In addition, these are the individuals that are least likely to have had permanent mentors or parental figures in their lives, typically have lower levels of parental education and income, and may already be at high risk of becoming divorced. Finally, we will seek to provide more services in mainstream high schools in our two counties, particularly in areas of the county that are largely low-income.
The goals of the program are to 1) improve healthy relationship/ marriage skills; and 2) improve parenting and co-parenting skills: 3) improve economic stability for low-income participants by assisting with goal setting, budgeting, and self-awareness; and 4) help young people to enter into relationships with realistic expectations and skills in communication and conflict resolution. At least 90% of participants are expected to complete the program. We will accomplish these goals by utilizing a evidence-based program that has been proven in multiple studies to be effective with the chosen population of youth in high school. The Dibble Institute Relationship Smarts Plus 4.0 curriculum directly corelates to the goals of the federal HMRE initiative and has been refined over the years to include added areas of focus and proven engagement strategies. The program will provide 13 primary workshop hours (PWH) and will be offered to youth between the ages of 15-18.
Dr. Lisa M. Davis is the President/CEO. Andy Coble is the point of contact for the proposal. Andy Coble is the Vice-President of Community Services and will oversee the proposed project. Both Dr. Davis and Mr. Coble are part of the Senior Leadership Team of the organization and have a combined 46 years of experience with creating and managing youth programs.