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 training. Our curriculum, Healthy Relationships 101, educates teachers, administrators, counselors, and students on 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 (TRF) focuses on youth and community development by enhancing critical thinking, respect, and empathic listening skills. TRF founder Michael Jascz, along with a team of educators and psychologists, developed a curriculum entitled Healthy Relationships 101. This work 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 communication skill set called Nonviolent Communication (NVC). NVC provides tools to identify and articulate one's needs and feelings without blame and judgment and to listen empathically. Our program also addresses social issues such as avoiding cycles of abuse, bullying prevention, 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 nationally, facilitating seminars and workshops for both teachers and administrators. The Relationship Foundation also offers a professional development program for teachers, administrators, and organizations. Our work has also been beneficial to social service agencies and community groups.

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 before 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, the staff recognized the magnitude of the student's transformation into empathetic listeners and critical thinkers.

The Relationship Foundation was formally established in the 2008-2009 school year.