Love U2

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LOVE U2 – DATING SMARTS: A BIT MORE THAN FRIENDS

Everyone experiences a dating relationship at some point in his or her life. Since most people aren’t born knowing how to “do” relationships right, it would seem that learning relationship skills as early as possible is a good idea.

And since the teenage years are a natural stage of life when young people have serious relationships, high school is a natural time to provide relationship education.

Francesca Adler-Baeder, Ph. D., professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Auburn University, states, “It is recognized that dating patterns are predictive of later relationship patterns. Learning information and skills that support an adolescent as a healthy and socially competent dating partner can translate into becoming a healthy and socially competent marriage partner as an adult.”
Marline Pearson
Love U2: “Relationship Smarts PLUS” is a 13-hour relationship education curriculum for 9th – 12th graders developed by Marline Pearson.  The Dibble Institute in Berkley, CA produces the materials. The program’s goal is “to help young people acquire practical skills and useful knowledge for forming emotionally healthy, mutually respectful, and ethically sound relationships.”

Love U2
is formatted for 13 one-hour sessions. The lessons are high energy and activity based. Different from sex education, they cover topics such as maturity, values clarification and peer pressure, attractions and infatuation, building blocks for positive relationships, identify and future orientation, how to gauge relationship health, the low-risk relationship strategy, principles of smart relationships, the nature of true intimacy and a realistic concept of love, and breaking up. Additionally, the sessions focus on preventative materials including date violence, communication/conflict skills, and pregnancy prevention.

Teens love Love U2.  Responses to the classes have been overwhelmingly positive from both participants and parents alike. Ariel Meza of Amor de Orange County helps facilitate the course to several hundred youth every month. Meza receives frequent feedback from class alumni.

One male Love U2 grad stated, “I enjoyed the role playing activity. It was cool, because we were learning by participating. It wasn’t a boring talk or lecture on how to treat your girlfriend!  We had lots a fun!”

A recent female class attendee said, “My boyfriend and I can’t wait for the next one.  We want a healthy relationship and don’t want to make the same mistakes our parents made!”

smarts-plus-BannerLove U2 is taught continually throughout California in high schools, churches, and at-risk youth programs.

If it’s not offered through your child’s school, house of worship or community center, contact The Dibble Institute.  Unless, the teenagers in your area are some of the lucky ones who already know how to do relationships right.

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  1. April 8, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    When, where and how can I sign up a client and my own teen for the dating “LOVE U2” program? It sounds great! Cost? I would like to do this soon if it is available. Areas-south orange county-Rancho Santa Margarita and Yorba Linda.
    Thank you so much.

  1. October 13, 2009 at 1:12 pm

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