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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!

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LoveSmarts® 2020 Newsletter

Recent Articles

Cohabitation does not lead to stronger relationships

June 5th, 2021|News Articles|

A new study published in the Journal of Marriage and Family finds that the “premarital cohabitation effect” lives on, despite what you’ve likely heard. The premarital cohabitation effect is the finding that those who live together prior to marriage are more likely, not less, to struggle in marriage.

Michael Rosenfeld and Katharina Roesler’s new findings suggest that there remains an increased risk for divorce for those living together prior to marriage, and that prior studies suggesting the effect has gone away had a bias toward short versus longer-term effects.

They find that living together before marriage is associated with lower odds […]

Innocent Mall Encounter Ends in Teen Sex Trafficking

May 8th, 2021|News Articles|

BY CHARLOTTE CUTHBERTSON
Original Post: May 4, 2021
Updated: May 5, 2021

Sabrina Lopez, like many young teens in Holyoke, Massachusetts, hung out at the namesake mall. It was 2003.

She always noticed a large group of kids near an arcade and, as an insecure 13-year-old, wanted to be part of it. One boy in particular caught her attention, so when two girls in his group approached her and asked if she liked him, she said yes.

“And they were like, ‘Would you like me to put you on?’” Lopez recalled to The Epoch Times.

“And I said yes, because I thought that they were playing […]

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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 […]

YOU A WINNER! Music Video Premiere

November 28th, 2020|Community Articles|

We’re sure you’ll enjoy another music video created at the 2020 Free Teens Media Summit in Edison, NJ on the weekend of October 23-25, 2020. It’s called “You a Winner!” The video actors included Jah’shaya Primus, Darlene Chen, Trenazah Jackson, Zyair Hansford and Yvonne Turner.