The Relationship Foundation’s mission is to teach 9th-12th grade students how to develop healthy relationship practices using classroom presentations, teacher assisted curriculum modules and journaling. We provide students with specific communication skill sets to help them express confidence, leadership, compassion and empathy in all of their relationships. Nonviolent Communication™ is integrated into each lesson we teach and is the basis for strategies students can call upon and utilize for any interaction in which they are engaged.
The Relationship Foundation envisions that our student program Healthy Relationships 101 and our parent program Healthy Parenting 101, in partnership with educational institutions will enrich the family communication dynamic and improve outcomes academically and socially in high schools everywhere. Our experience shows us that this framework gives parents, students, teachers and school administrators a concrete foundation to help them understand the emotional and psychological core that drives relationships at home and in the classroom.
Key To Our Success
Good communication. What is it? What’s good to you might not be good to somebody else. Effective communication is different than good communication. We use a process called “Nonviolent Communication” (NVC) that shows us how to express our needs and feelings without blaming others. It teaches us how to express ourselves by making requests, instead of demands. Students and teachers alike, point to building a vocabulary of needs and feelings as having had the most impact on them. Marshall Rosenberg’s book, Nonviolent Communication, is key to our communication skill set. In New York City, we learn and practice with two organizations that are led by certified NVC trainers.