You need respect on the inside

We give youth and their influencers the tools to break cycles of disrespect and thrive.


Our Toolkit

Vulnerable youth learn they are "unique contributors to the greater whole" and expand their life pathways.


Our Training

Influencers more effectively connect with and mentor youth by practicing The Respect Basics.


boost resiliency, empathy, life skills
Deploy our trauma-informed, restorative program-in-a box with 450 group and individual coaching activities, daily and weekly roadmaps, and Common Core journaling assignments for vulnerable youth ages 11-24.


build equity, restorative skills
Reduce your compassion fatigue, boost protective factors in youth, and mentor more effectively.


improve academic and school climate outcomes
Integrate Respect 360™ into your social-emotional learning curriculum, mentoring, or college/job-readiness programs.


Get your own toolkit and learn
how to use and measure Respect 360 at your site.


Learn  to facilitate the journal program, which includes 100s of exercises to help youth practice The Respect Basics.


Learn the how to redefine respect and practice The Respect Basics.


National Respect Labs

At our labs, we directly impact more than 7,000 youth and their influencers with Respect 360™, and conduct research about self-respect and resiliency development, to help middle and high school students improve their life and academic outcomes. Learn more.

Silicon Valley: Latino Youth

New York: Girls of Color


Fellows are invited by The Respect Institute to spend one year conducting research, developing new tools and delivering programs to improve the academic and life outcomes of vulnerable youth. The 2016-2017 inaugural cohort is focused on increasing equity in education and ending the school-to-prison pipeline. Read their full bios here.

Iminah Laura Ahmad, Alliance for Girls

Iminah Laura Ahmad, Alliance for Girls

Youth Developer in Residence

Kelly Wickham Hurst, Being Black at School

Kelly Wickham Hurst, Being Black at School

Innovator in Residence

Pedro Carbajal O'limon, Family Engagement Institute

Pedro Carbajal O'limon, Family Engagement Institute

Parent Educator in Residence

Tia Martinez, Forward Change

Tia Martinez, Forward Change

Researcher in Residence

April Mouton, Campbell Union School District

April Mouton, Campbell Union School District

Educator in Residence

Hot Topics

Ending the school-to-prison pipeline. As the daughter and sister of three men who went to prison vs. college, it didn’t surprise me to learn that in the U.S., 1 in 7 U.S. youth (7 million) were suspended in 2011-2012. And these kids are three times more likely to have contact with the justice system. You can invest $10 to empower 10 mentors to help end the school-to-prison pipeline. Mentors will learn to use our trauma-informed coaching tools, create caring connections and mentor more effectively using our Respect 360 toolkit. We aim to reach 1 million mentors through 2020 with our new R360 app.

Expanding restorative practices. Download our back-to-school guide.


Increasing equity for vulnerable youth. RI and our Clinton Global Initiative partners committed to providing 11,000 vulnerable young women and men of color with self-respect building coaching to improve their ability to stay connected to school and choose positive pathways Join us in providing training to community-based educators, case workers and law enforcement officials to transform 15-minute “transactions” into restorative “coaching interactions.”


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Latest News

30-Day #irespectmyself Challenge

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Self-respecting adults are the gatekeepers to better futures for vulnerable youth. Boost respect for yourself—and 60,000 youth—with a 30-day commitment.


Awards from Ashoka Changemakers and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation

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Ri was named one of the 6 winners, out of 200 entries, of the Building Vibrant Communities: Activating Empathy to Create Change challenge to discover and support innovative ideas that activate empathy to nourish stronger, more vibrant communities and future changemakers.

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Amplifying Success for Young Men of Color

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If you’ve seen my TEDx Talk, you know I’m a mother of a son, a domestic violence survivor and that my father Artimeo was a young man of color who went to prison vs. college. Check out our new national project to fortify self-respect and caring connections for young men.


Meeting President Obama!

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I have to say meeting President Barack Obama in San Jose in May was a huge full-circle moment for me and my entire family.

Why self-respect?

Our research shows that self-respect is a critical youth development asset—especially for vulnerable youth. Self-respect, knowing you’re a unique contributor to the greater whole, is less fragile than self-esteem (your opinion of yourself based on outside messages), and increases youth and their influencers’ resiliency, empathy and goal-attainment ability.