Workshop Overviews

We facilitate these topics with a great deal of pride and enthusiasm because talking about issues related to our sexual health and wellness is not only important, but exciting!

There is lots to blush about including first crushes, experimentation, pleasures, learning of awesome facts etc. We match our bold approach with empathy for how speaking candidly can be tricky sometimes so we stay sensitive to varying comfort zones, diverse cultural backgrounds, and different levels of understanding.

And, yes, you’re going to BLUSH (which we think is awesome)

BLUSH WORKSHOP TOPICS

An overview of each of our workshop offerings is listed below.

**You can find a printable PDF menu of these offerings here.**

Healthy Relationships

We explore what makes relationships healthy or unhealthy, how to use open communication and how to make decisions that are best for you. This session is recommended for Grade 8s.

Workshop Overview:

  • Ice breakers to get youth comfortable with sharing their thoughts
  • Activity: Exploring communication norms with relation to decision making
  • Activity: Exploring the ‘Relationship Continuum’
  • Activity: Exploring the meaning of ‘boundaries’ & ‘consent’
  • Activity: Talking about safer sex; condom/barrier demos; youth clinics

Objectives:

  • To understand the qualities that contribute to healthy & unhealthy relationships
  • To explore the concept & value of open vs. closed communication
  • To develop an awareness & acceptance of values & beliefs that relate to sexuality
  • To develop awareness of personal boundaries & understanding rules of consent
  • To learn how condoms/barriers work & become aware of community resources

Safer Sexy

We explore issues and situations that make it difficult to negotiate safer sex, discuss the risks associated with sexual activities and help students develop their communication skills. This session is recommended for grade 9s.

Workshop Overview:

  • Ice breakers to get youth comfortable with sharing their thoughts
  • Activity: Exploring the ‘STI Pyramid’
  • Activity: Exploring the ‘Sex Brainstorm’
  • Activity: Exploring the ‘STI/HIV Equation’ & ‘Risk Continuum’
  • Activity: Talking about safer sex; condom/barrier demos; youth clinics

Objectives:

  • To understand the importance of clear communication and routine STI testing
  • To explore the social and emotional outcomes of sexual decision making
  • To support recognition of low risk vs moderate risk vs high risk sexual activities
  • To develop awareness of different interests & understanding rules of consent
  • To learn how condoms/barriers work & become aware of community resources

*New!

Media Literacy

Our newest workshop explores the impact of sexualized media and supports youths ability to develop skills to engage more critically in order to minimize the influence and realize opportunities for safer choices. This is recommended for Grade 10s.

Workshop Overview:

  • Ice breakers to get youth comfortable with sharing their thoughts
  • Activity: Defining ‘Media Literacy’ and brainstorming various media sources
  • Activity: Exploring sexualized media messages and discussing their impacts
  • Activity: Exploring the differences between ‘Real World’ & ‘Media World’
  • Activity: Talking about safer sex; condom/barrier demos; rules of consent

Objectives:

  • To understand the concept of media literacy and its importance
  • To develop critical thinking skills around being sexualized media literate
  • To deconstruct media messages and consider their wellness impacts
  • To unpack all the ways in which sexualized media messages can affect health
  • To learn how condoms/barriers work & become aware of community resources

Customized Workshops for Youth & Adults

We are always open to the opportunity to work with community groups, organizations, or post-secondary institutions that would be interested in content geared towards a specific audience.