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The Institute for Relationship Intelligence reaches thousands of teens each year in urban & suburban areas of NY/NJ with messages of healthy relationships, self-leadership and service to others.

In the last decade, I.R.I. has reached more than 130,000 youth, helping them to focus on achieving their future dreams and avoiding the traps that could endanger their lives and goals!

The Institute for Relationship Intelligence is a 501c3 nonprofit organization (EIN 22-3301766). All donations are deeply appreciated and tax-deductible.

LoveSmarts® 2020 Newsletter

Community Articlees

Creating a Culture of High Expectations for all Youth

January 6th, 2021|Community Articles|

By Linda Doering, SRAS

To learn about the research on the “Pygmalion Effect,” especially as it concerns developing the “high expectations” of Teaching Professionals in their own classrooms was enlightening and profound. Something that has always been hidden in plain sight: drawing out our students’ potential through believing in them and putting that belief, as Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) Educators, into action vs. their self-defeating self-talk such as “I am a product of my past experience and current environment.”

Not only can this be an advantage for students and parents, but also for teachers themselves, as they draw out that budding potential through positive affirmations and creating a class environment of high expectations through:

1. Believing Students can and will succeed;
2. Communicating that belief clearly;
3. Helping Students to not only believe but to put this belief into practice.

This all-inclusive attitude places everyone on the same field of expectations, thus delivering to them equal opportunity, even if not equal results. Even if a student still falls behind, this provides an opportunity to discuss one-on one with each student about what they did to reach their goals and what they did to lower their achievement so they have a positive reference about what they […]

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New HHS Data: YOUTH DRUG USE INCREASES in LEGALIZED STATES

December 25th, 2020|News Articles|

(Alexandria, VA) – State-level data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health [7], the most authoritative study on drug use conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), found significant increases in youth marijuana use in several recently legalized marijuana states versus last year.

“Once again, marijuana is the stubborn outlier – the only drug significantly going up in several areas across the country and across several different age groups,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet, president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) [8] and a former senior drug policy advisor to the Obama Administration.

“Weed normalization and commercialization has […]