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To educate immigrant youth on the importance of developing positive and healthy relationships, Douglas County Family and Consumer Science and 4-H and Youth Extension agents taught Relationship Smarts to 24 English as a Second Language (ESOL) students at Douglas County High School. These students experience distinctive challenges related to academics, socioeconomic status, immigration status, parental involvement, and socio-emotional strains. The Extension agents worked closely with the classroom teacher to provide culturally sensitive relationship education. These students participated in six (1-hour) lessons from the Relationship Smarts 3.0 curriculum. During the classes, the teens learned about self-esteem, maturity, and healthy relationship behaviors.