Community Education 2017-10-01T16:08:26+00:00

Community Education

Planned Parenthood Ottawa offers a variety of engaging and interactive sexual and reproductive health workshops that 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 presentation, but we can adjust the timing if necessary.

If you would like a presentation on a topic that is not listed below, please contact PPO. We are always happy to discuss a customized presentation. For inquiries about our education programming, please contact Ceara McIntyre, the Education Coordinator.

Presentation Topics

Anatomy

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.  

Puberty

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.

Healthy Relationships

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.

Contraception

After considering how pregnancy happens, students learn about the different forms of contraception through peer-led presentations. 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.

Consent

Geared towards participants between the ages of 15-21, this evidence-based workshop uses activities that aim to prevent sexual violence. After this workshop, participants should be able to better define consent, to understand why establishing consent is important, and be able to apply consent given a variety of scenarios.

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.

Question Box

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.

Fees

Please contact the coordinator for more information about our fees.

Kiosks

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. 302) or by email at education@ppottawa.ca.

Booking Information

To book a presentation or other engagement, please contact the Education Coordinator by phone at 613-226-3234 (ext. 302) or by email at education@ppottawa.ca. Presentations are often booked one month in advance.