High School Curriculum

The R Factor ®

Building Resiliency in Young Adults,
A Dads Make a Difference ® Program

Resiliency: the ability to bounce back from or resist stress and crisis.

People with high R factors are:
  • Respectful
  • Responsible
  • Relate well to others
  • Realistic and planful
  • Retain balance in their lives

The R Factor ® Curriculum

The R Factor was created in response to a successful middle school curriculum at Dads Make a Difference. The middle school curriculum builds awareness of the issues of paternity and father involvement. The high school curriculum immerses the student in case studies, discussion of complex social issues, and expert articles, challenging the student to plan for self-improvement and a healthy future.

The R Factor can be completed in eight to ten class periods and allows for flexibility and optional activities. Included are many experiential activities and teacher resources to assist in a smooth transition into the classroom. The R Factor is a research-based curriculum with over fifty references.

Through collaborative skill-building activities and group simulations, students have the opportunity to understand the factors that influence their decision-making. These include the power of risk and protective factors in their lives.

Give students a chance to learn an invaluable skill--teach them to build resiliency.

Goals of The R Factor ®
  • Increase male involvement in relationships, mentoring, fathering, and parenting.
  • Educate youth about the impact on children when growing up without an involved father.
  • Provide opportunities for young men and women to practice effective communication and collaboration skills.
  • Increase preparation and planning for responsible parenting and to advocate for the establishment of legal fatherhood.

The R Factor ® - What's in it for students?

Offer your students an invaluable opportunity to reflect and make changes in their lives by:
  • Studying the impact of attachment theory and life experience
  • Assessing current relationships and interpersonal skills
  • Reading research-based articles written for the program by local experts
  • Analyzing case studies for predictors of risk and protective factors
  • Creating an individual plan of action in order to build resiliency and personal skills

The R Factor ® - One-day Teacher Trainings

Trainings will be scheduled when there is enough interest. A minimum of 8 participants is necessary to hold a training. All training dates are 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and held at a site to be determined.

Cost is $150 which includes a copy of the curriculum, Minnesota graduation standards material, and lunch.

You can purchase the curriculum without training for $79. See Products tab on Home page.

For more information, contact us by e-mail or by phone at 651-439-1117.

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