Early Learning About Healthy Relationships, Data Snapshot: Healthy Marriage Programs for Youth
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
This snapshot describes youth and young adults served by the 2015 cohort of Healthy Marriage (HM) grantees as part of the Fatherhood and Marriage Local Evaluation & Cross-Site Project. It also describes the services the youth received, and the changes they experienced from the beginning to the end of the program. As they become adults, youth will be faced with decisions about relationships and parenthood, with implications for their long-term well-being. HM programs can offer services in high schools, for example as part of a health curriculum, or in other settings. Topics might include romantic relationships, teen dating violence, and effective communication and conflict-management skills. The primary service that HM grantees provide is group-based workshops, which typically range from a few days to a few months in length. Under the 2015 funding opportunity announcement, grantees were also required to offer case management, during which clients receive individualized attention and might receive referrals to other services.