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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

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Winners of 2020 LoveSmart Media Contest Announced!

November 7th, 2020|Community Articles|

Entries at this year’s LoveSmart Media contest were shown at the 2020 Teen Media Summit last month.

The judges chose three entries for recognition.

In 1st Place was the Spoken Word video, “Free To Embrace” performed by Janaeya Smith from the Cool Kids Free Teens club in Paterson, NJ.

In 2nd Place was a Rap music video called “The Abstinence Song” submitted by Joseph and Joshua Buergi  from the Bay Area in California.

The 1st Place winner in the Video Drama category was the Cool Kids PSA. The video, was written and directed by Kasier Carter. Actors included Jared Barnes, Sophia Savage, Nasir Smallwood, Tanishka Daley, Tendaji Thorpe, and Qumar Carter.

Kasier Carter, writer and director of Cool Kids PSA, 1st prize winner of LoveSmart Media Contest- Drama category.

Cool Kids with Sound Studio and Panasonic Camcorder contest prizes. Club Advisor William Smallwood at left

What 15 Teens Say about LoveSmarts Education

September 6th, 2019|Community Articles|

10th Graders at Lincoln HS, Jersey City

  • I liked that everything was straight-forward. I feel like everything that was talked about was serious and real.

  • I really like how open our conversations were. No dead space.

  • It’s teaching me the things I don’t know and information I can take into consideration when I’m in these situations. One thing I learned and I found interesting is the difference between mature and immature love.

  • Yes (I liked the program), because school doesn’t really talk about these types of things.

  • It was very eye-opening hearing what happened with teens who had sex so early in their lives. This can be an eye opener for the younger generation to prevent them from making big mistakes.

  • I would recommend this program for other teens because it opens the eyes of teens whose lives might be going to the wrong path.

9th Graders at Lincoln HS, Jersey City

  • I like the way Ms. Linda gave me a better picture on protecting my feelings and how a relationship is really supposed to be.

  • It’s very detailed and doesn’t sugar coat anything.

  • It informed me on things I didn’t know but needed to know for […]

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Recent Articles


September 1st, 2020|News Articles|

Excerpt from The Public Discourse
By Leonard Sax

History has been made. Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s latest release, “WAP,” has crushed the previous record for the most streams by a song in its first week after launch. For the week ending August 13, WAP garnered 93 million streams in the USA alone. In addition to claiming the #1 spot on Billboard’s Top 100—where it remains at this writing—WAP has also reached the number 1 spot in 15 foreign markets, […]

Three Simple Rules Poor Teens Should Follow to Join the Middle Class

August 26th, 2020|News Articles|

By Ron Haskins
Courtesy of Brookings

Policy aimed at promoting economic opportunity for poor children must be framed within three stark realities. First, many poor children come from families that do not give them the kind of support that middle-class children get from their families. Second, as a result, these children enter kindergarten far behind their more advantaged peers and, on average, never catch up and even fall further behind. Third, in addition to the education deficit, poor children are more likely to make bad decisions that lead them to drop out of school, become teen parents, join gangs and […]