Community Education from Planned Parenthood Ottawa
Planned Parenthood Ottawa offers a variety of engaging and interactive sexual and reproductive health workshops, as a form of community education, to give practical, up-to-date information and emphasize skill-building and communication. We strive to provide the most comprehensive and unbiased information for the Ottawa community to make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health.
PPO continues to work to adapt our workshops for all ages, and for many communities including newcomers, queer and trans folks, people with disabilities, and Indigenous people. Our workshops are designed for elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, drop-ins, clubs and other community-based organizations. All workshops are given by trained staff and/or volunteer educators and can be tailored to meet the needs of individual groups. We request 1.5 hours for each workshop, but we can adjust the timing if necessary.
If you would like a workshop on a topic that is not listed below, please contact PPO. We are always happy to discuss a customized workshop. For inquiries about our education programming, please contact Ceara McIntyre, the Education Coordinator.
Anatomy is a critical topic for all age groups in order to develop a lifelong understanding of healthy sexuality. In this workshop, participants will learn all the names of the body parts related to sexual and reproductive health processes. Then participants journey through the life of an ovum, and the life of a sperm cell.
Giggle your way through our Puberty workshop as we learn about the physical changes of puberty and about the kinds of care products that can help manage this physical changes. Participants are then given a series of scenarios to demonstrate the emotional and social changes during puberty and how to cope with these changes.
Four different versions of this workshop are designed for different age groups: grades 4-6, grades 7-8, grades 9-10, and grades 11 and above. They are each designed to meet standards set out in the Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum. If you want more details about a specific version, please contact the education coordinator.
After considering how pregnancy happens, students learn about the different forms of contraception through peer-led workshops. Students then learn the steps to using a condom properly.
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s)
Students define STI’s, and then assemble a puzzle that covers the basic information about each STI. Then students consider sexual activities that carry no, low or high risk for STI’s.
While many youth can state what the principals of consent are, they often struggle to recognize the principals of consent in real life scenarios and apply the principals of consent in their lives. In this workshop, students are given age-appropriate scenarios to test their ability to recognize consent and then are asked to come up with ways to improve communication around consent. We have two versions of this workshop, one for Grade 7-8 youth, and one for high school aged youth.
Sexual Decision Making
Our sexual decision-making workshop is geared towards participants between the ages of 12-16. This workshop is designed to help participants develop the motivation and skills to communicate clearly when making decisions about sexual activity.
Sex and Technology
This workshop is currently geared toward high school-aged youth between the ages of 14-21. This workshop is two-fold: looking at ways in which youth use technology to better understand and learn about sex and sexuality (i.e. pornography), and looks at ways in which youth use technology in romantic/sexual relationships (i.e. sexting). This workshop is intended to develop critical thinking skills that youth can use to analyze the accuracy of sexual health information they find and to critically analyze the impact of the way their peers use technology in romantic and sexual relationships.
This workshop is intended to provide a safe space for participants to ask a variety of questions regarding sexual health. This is a great idea for groups who would benefit from a broader scope of sexual health information.
Please contact the coordinator for more information about our fees.
PPO is happy to set up an information kiosk at your school, agency, or event. A staff or volunteer representative will come to your location with hand-outs and resources and will be there to answer questions. If you would like to invite PPO to participate in a health fair or other event, please contact the Education Coordinator by phone at 613-226-3234 (ext. 306) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To book a workshop or other engagement, please fill out the form below or call the Education Coordinator at 613-226-3234 (ext. 306).
Please request workshops at least one month in advance with the date you want us to present. Allow us up to a week to respond to your message.