Our mission is to inspire, educate, and mobilize young people to build a healthier life for themselves, their families, and their communities.

RealOptions uses a public health model that focuses on Risk Avoidance as their approach to addressing behaviors. According to the World Health Organization, health is defined as a "state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." The Risk Avoidance approach is extensively researched and scientifically proven. It encourages avoiding risk behaviors and abstaining from all associated risks to achieve optimal health. This specific curriculum makes the messaging engaging and focuses on a holistic approach to these topics by expanding into related subjects such as knowing oneself, goal casting, and what it takes to build healthy relationships.

Every student desires connection, respect, and healthy relationships. Many students come from broken families and homes and have no one to present something different including how to avoid poverty.

With real life skills and life mapping, students learn how to achieve a risk-free status of optimal health. It is transformational, not just informational.

Topics we cover:

  • Healthy Relationships
  • Boundaries
  • Peer Pressure
  • Knowing Yourself/Needs
  • Risk-avoidance Life Skills
  • Sexual Harassment/Consent
  • Pornography
  • STDs
  • Sexting/Cyberbullying
  • Pregnancy/Fetal Age/Birth Control

REAL Essentials Curriculum

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The Center for Relationship Education: REAL Essentials Curriculum

This is an evidence-based, cutting-edge, and applicable program about building healthy relationships in all areas of our lives.

See why REAL Essentials stands out and offers an exceptional experience, from training to implementation, for both you and your students. 

Improves relationship IQ

REAL Essentials equips you to confidently tackle difficult relationship topics with ease. Your voice matters, and people are eager to hear from you how to develop healthy connections and experience real love.

Laugh out loud fun!

Participants are energized by hands-on, engaging, learn-by-doing experiences, leaving each with memorable moments they can immediately apply in day-to-day life.

More than sex ed

REAL Essentials compliments any sex ed program. Using the "Whole Person" approach, it nurtures the body, mind and heart, rather than only focusing on sexual behavior.

No need to be negative

Scare tactics aren't motivating. REAL Essentials teaches toward the positive rather than away from the negative. Using this method, individuals are motivated to achieve their best, not to feel their worst.

Scientifically proven

Content is aligned with research and supported by ongoing partnership with the University of Denver. Activities are taught to each group with developmentally age-appropriate messaging.

Make it personal

Whether teaching one class period, or a full semester, our binder design allows you to organize lessons for different settings and time frames. This structure allows teachers to customize topics and timing so that what works best for you, works best for your students.


  • UNIT ONE: Learning About Yourself and Others
  • UNIT TWO: Navigating Differences
  • UNIT THREE: Effective Communication 
  • UNIT FOUR: Friendship, Dating and Love
  • UNIT FIVE: Cultural Influences 
  • UNIT SIX: Planning for Your Future
  • UNIT SEVEN: Committed Love
  • UNIT EIGHT: Leadership and Job Readiness 

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