Mission and Vision

We spend at least 12 years preparing for a career.

How much time do we spend preparing for a relationship, any relationship?


w2Our mission is to establish Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) as a core component of current education requirements.  By introducing relationship education to New York City high schools and beyond we have demonstrated that expanded communication skills enable students to establish healthy relationships with everyone in their lives.

Our Vision

w1We envision a society where healthy and fulfilling relationships are built on proven communication skills that lead to greater respect, understanding, and harmony.  This is achieved by raising widespread awareness about the need for SEL and its implementation in education through a national referendum.

Key To Our Success

The Relationship Foundation is an educational initiative that incorporates Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum (SEL) into New York City high schools. We use a process called “Nonviolent Communication” (NVC) that gives one the tools to identify and articulate their needs and feelings without blaming others. It teaches how to express making requests, instead of demands. We also learn that we can actually listen to another person without thinking of what to say in response. This process activates empathy and is simple yet effective. Students and teachers alike, point to building a vocabulary of needs and feelings as having had the most impact on them.

Marshall Rosenberg’s groundbreaking approach, Nonviolent Communication, is the foundation of our work.  For more information on NVC, go to http://www.cnvc.org/

For free monthly intros and workshops on NVC in NYC, go to http://nycnvc.org/