About The Relationship Foundation

Our Mission

The Relationship Foundation (TRF) is an educational nonprofit organization that implements Relationship Education and Social and Emotional Learning through an approach known as Nonviolent Communication in an instructional curriculum as well as through workshops and trainings. Our curriculum, Healthy Relationships 101, educates teachers, administrators, counselors, and students how to develop respectful relationship skills. TRF is on the cutting edge of the Trauma-Informed School Movement, which promotes a safe and supportive environment for students to establish resilience for long-term success. Our approach is foundational in helping students to thrive in the classroom and beyond.

Our Vision

We envision a nationwide movement that establishes Relationship Education as a core component of the learning process.

About Us

The Relationship Foundation focuses on youth and community development by enhancing critical thinking, respect, and empathic listening skills. Our founder, Michael Jascz, developed an educational program titled “Healthy Relationships 101,” which provides students with communication skills that empower them to express confidence, leadership, and empathy in all of their relationships. The program is based on the work of Clinical Psychologist Marshall Rosenberg, PhD who developed a process called “Nonviolent Communication” (NVC). We give individuals the tools they need to identify and articulate their needs and feelings without blame and judgment. Our program also addresses social issues such as abusive relationships, bullying, and healthy boundaries.

Our curriculum has reached thousands of students through workshops, assemblies, and classes. We have introduced it into schools throughout New York City and the United States, facilitating seminars and workshops for both teachers and administrators. We work hard to ensure that future students and teachers benefit from these programs. The Relationship Foundation also offers a professional development program for organizations and businesses. Our program has been beneficial to the staff members of social service agencies, private companies, and large firms by enhancing their communication skills and reducing conflict.

Our History

In December 2007, Michael Jascz, a relationship coach in New York City, was invited to speak to a group of high school students in Manhattan. After the presentation, a school counselor emailed the principal saying that he had not seen a group of students transformed in 42 minutes in his 10 years at the school. Subsequently, the school invited Michael to teach “Relationship Education” as a component of their health education classes. As the year progressed, Michael, the students, and the staff recognized the magnitude of their transformation into empathetic listeners and critical thinkers.

The Relationship Foundation was established in 2008.