Relationship Resource Guide

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Welcome to the True Friendships: Friendship is for Everyone Relationship Resource Guide!

True Friendships hopes to make it easier for all people to make and keep friendships. The True Friendships project is focused on creating opportunity and capacity for friendships for all.

We will continue to build this guide as we progress with the project. Keep checking back to see what else we have added!

If you have any resources you would like us to consider adding, please email them to

Below you will find categories of information related to building and maintaining friendships. Click through the categories and explore the resources!

How to Make Friends

This section has information and tools you can use to make and maintain friendships. This includes explainers for what friendship can look like, how to start conversations with new people, and much more!

Where to Meet Friends

This section has ideas and resources for where you can make friends. This includes in-person or virtual events, places to find social things happening near you, and resources for finding friends through social media.

Research and Resources

This section has information for people who like to learn about the science of friendship. You’ll also find some resources that may not specifically be about friendship, but may be helpful in different ways.

Learning Session Materials

This section has materials that were shared during our Learning Sessions. This includes presentations, and any tools and resources that we shared. We will keep adding to this section as we host more Learning Sessions.

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Page last updated: 4/11/24