We empower the next generation to love in a healthy abuse-free way to end the cycle of relationship violence.
Love and relationships are one of the most important things in our lives, yet we are taught almost nothing about it. What is Love will change this! We teach young people, parents and schools how to identify healthy and unhealthy relationships. With this new understanding, we teach them how to avoid abuse and how to love in a healthy way.
founder & executive director
I am a high school drop-out and teen runaway, and understand firsthand how violence can shape a life. I grew up with a Dad who hit and used his words to scar. I had a loving grandmother that tucked me under her wing, kept me safe, and gave me the chance to get back on track. Years later, I was sitting in a Community College interpersonal communication class with tears running down my face. Thinking why are we not teaching our young people these skills in every classroom? This learning would have helped me navigate my trauma and prevented many unhealthy relationships. It was these early experiences that inspired me to become a compassionate, patient, strong voice for young people.
For the last twenty years, I have worked to implement a healthy relationship curriculum into schools across the country. I facilitate workshops, educator trainings and speak in schools, juvenile detention facilities, universities and youth serving organizations. I work with legislators to help them understand why this needs to be a priority and how relationship violence intersects with our communities’ mental health crisis. I do this work because I am dedicated to creating a community of socially and emotionally intelligent youngsters, committed to success, increasing empathy, taking responsibility, repairing harm, and building strong kind healthy relationship skills.
I believe this will change their lives.
Dr. Lauren Reed
YOU ARE NOT ALONE. IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT
help is available
Text “listen” to 741741 to connect 24/7 confidentially to a kind support counselor.
Call 866.331.9474 to speak with a trained LoveisRespect peer advocate for support for yourself or a loved one.
Call 800.799.7233 National Domestic Violence 24/7 hotline to talk to an expert for support for yourself or a loved one.
Call 911 If you are in immediate danger.