How it all Started

It all Started With Relationships
It all Started With Relationships

CRE began with a question:

"Why does my son need a permission slip to learn anatomy in his science class?" The teacher’s response sparked an idea.

In 1995, Joneen Mackenzie heard the answer, "Our curriculum goes from body parts to contraception, and that's all we have to teach." In that moment, she recognized a major gap in health education. Students weren't getting any information about how to develop and build healthy relationships. Joneen Mackenzie, a registered nurse, saw firsthand the negative outcomes of poor relationships in the lives of children and adults, so she decided to help change these patterns for future generations. She partnered with social scientists to develop a curriculum that would direct young adults toward their best relationships and their best lives. This need illuminated other areas where people would benefit from relationship resources, which led to Joneen creating The Center for Relationship Education.

In 2003, The Center for Relationship Education was established as a non-profit and now serves people in 44 states and 7 countries with curriculum and training resources for improving people's relationships. As of today, curriculum and resources are available for children, adolescents, adults, couples and corporate teams.

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Our People

Our team is motivated to accomplish The Center for Relationship Education's mission, because each of us have been personally affected by its power. Many of our employees pursued a career here after personally attending a CRE workshop or event. Our relationships were changed by the experience, and we are committed to bringing the same encouragement and impact to others.

Meet the Team

We Start with the Heart

At the core of every human is the desire for connection, belonging and love. When life ends, rarely do people wish they had a better job; instead, they hope they got the most out of their relationships. The Center for Relationship Education utilizes research-supported strategies to improve relationship satisfaction. We utilize a directive teaching approach where participants understand the positive benefits of the best relationship choices.

Community Partners

Collaborate with us to bring a relationship education to your community. Partnership allows organizations to add interpersonal themes to their program without having to write or develop their own resources.

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Community

Help us improve relationships!

Donate

Donate

100% of your giving goes toward fees for youth and adults to scholarship workshop costs. $75 covers a couple in a marriage workshop, $99 covers 8 hours of interactive training for a student, and $359 covers curriculum certification for an educator.

Invite us in!

Invite us in!

Let us help assess the interpersonal climate in your organization. We will showcase creative options for bolstering relationship satisfaction and improving teamwork. Request a proposal for an event at your business, organization, or school.

Sponsor an Event

Sponsor an Event

Feature your business as a company who cares about strong relationships, and sponsor one of our events. See the events calendar for opportunities.

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