REAL Essentials Advance

REAL Essentials Advance

This popular, innovative curriculum is being used across the country to teach high school students critical relationship skills and practical approaches for navigating the social dynamics of friendship and love . Its unique, modular format allows for flexible, individualized use.





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REAL Essentials Advance is the country’s leading relationship education curriculum. It is specifically designed to equip adults to teach young people skills for combating challenges they face in adolescence. Lesson content captivates the heart and directs students toward positive decision making. The sexual health components of REAL Essentials Advance are SRA (Sexual Risk Avoidance) approved. All lessons are inclusive, evidence based and medically accurate.

Activities prepare students to better understand and address:

  • Their individual identity and how it impacts relationships
  • How to recognize and respect differences in others
  • Effective communication techniques for navigating conflict and expressing oneself
  • How to develop healthy dating strategies and ideas for staying connected with good friends
  • Safe social media guidelines and viewing advertisements through an accurate lens
  • Creating vision and applying it to future dreams and success
  • The benefits of commitment and marriage
  • Developing leadership skills for gaining future employment and keeping a job
  • Sex in the context of love and its effect on whole person health


REAL Essentials Advance curriculum arrives with:

  • Full access to online resources, including:
    • Classroom materials
    • Training videos
    • Research
    • Educator resources
  • Fuel Gauge t-shirt 

Return Policy

Preview REAL Essentials, pressure-free.

CRE wants you to love REAL Essentials and ensure it fits your relationship education needs. A 30 day preview is allowed after purchasing your product. If REAL Essentials Advance is not right for you, simply ship it back to The Center for Relationship Education. Upon receipt, CRE will issue a refund (please allow up to 10 business days to process). A $25 restocking fee will apply. CRE is not responsible for shipping charges.


Michelle Holman

November 12, 2020
I feel equipped to effectively communicate and educate our students; to empower them with skills propelling them forward to a confident, healthy, and successful future. I wish I had been taught this information and these skills when I was young. This is moving and hopeful material for our youth!

Darla H.

May 18, 2016
Our facilitators have implemented many of the activities in this tool kit and the training was extremely beneficial for those just coming into the SRA field.

Dawnna K T.

January 28, 2016
We have been presenting the REAL Essentials curriculum in the Onslow County schools, and community for over a year. The program is “life changing” for our young people and some adults that are involved. The focus on healthy relationships and self awareness is what lures the young people in; when we present the personality profile, many of our young people have never been asked or introduced to who they really are as a person View More

Alyssa W.

January 27, 2016
This is such a great program that connects the importance of personal and professional relationship and prepares young people to become successful as they reach their goals. This program gives students the tools they need to sharpen their interpersonal skills and gives them the confidence to succeed.

Kris J.

January 23, 2016
I have been a prevention educator around healthy relationships for 10 years. Finding REAL Essentials was so exciting because it aligned with my own research and gave me so much more! I have used this curriculum with 1000s of students and continue to use it because it is effective! Being able to offer so many outside resources into one comprehensive curriculum is a gift. Knowing I have done my homework in this area, I am truly View More

Katie N.

January 21, 2016
As a co-founder of our organization, I am very particular about the type of relationship education we offer our students. We have been using CRE’s curricula for 5+ years now, and REAL Essentials has served us well. REAL Essentials is relevant, fun, and comprehensive in its material about healthy relationships. The Power Points are colorful and engaging, the activities are creative and memorable. Joneen and her staff have been View More

Nancy C.

January 15, 2016
We are about to launch our Relationship Education “course” in our middle school (grades 6-8) and are extremely excited about the next few months. Having gone through the training, our staff feels well-equipped to start “getting REAL” with students about areas that we have previously shied away from in the past. The training is FABULOUS and Joneen and Lauren were incredibly informative, engaging, and helpful in making this View More

Angela M.

January 15, 2016
Wonderful program that opens both the youth and adults up to developing/maintaining healthy relationships. Very engaging and interactive. Look forward to continued collaboration.

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