Welcome to the home of The Healthy Relationships Project!
We are starting our very first Youth Coalition for our Healthy Relationships project! We are so excited to get this started. To do this, we are recruiting youth aged 14-18 to inform our curriculum moving forward. Keep reading to get some more information on the Youth Coalition and the project itself!
What is the project?
This is a community-based research project that is aiming to develop a curriculum to help prevent teen dating violence. We are using a skills-based approach while focusing on exploring how to build better relationships in general and address different issues related to gender and violence.
Who is organizing this?
This project is run by two staff members from Planned Parenthood Ottawa, who you might have seen in your classrooms recently, Ceara McIntyre and Léa Gareau. They are supported by the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women, who bring even more expertise. They are also partnered with Drs. Sarah Flicker and Alanna Goldstein, both incredibly experienced in supporting and doing research with youth!
Why is the project needed?
Violence within young people’s dating relationships is, unfortunately, a big problem in Canada. The statistics are shocking; 20% of Canadian teens report being victimized by dating violence, 9% by sexual violence, 35% by emotional and psychological violence, and upwards of 30% by online dating violence. However, only 8% of teens who experience dating violence report reaching out to a trusted adult for help (*PREVNet, February 2020). We are hoping to learn more about young people’s perceptions on teen dating violence so that we can develop a curriculum that will better support young people to develop and sustain healthy relationships of all kinds.
Okay so…what is the Youth Coalition? How do I get involved?
The 2021 Summer Youth Coalition is going to be a community-based program that aims to gather feedback from youth aged 14-18 on the healthy relationships curriculum content. This coalition will meet bi-monthly to connect with young people across Ontario to discuss topics related to dating, gender and sexual health! This image gives a nice breakdown of what we can offer and what we’re asking for.
The first meeting will be on Thursday, April 1st from 7:00pm – 8:30pm. This first session will be an introduction to the staff leads (Ceara and Léa), the project and what exactly we’re hoping to discuss. For each session you show up to, you will receive a 25$ gift card to a place of your choice! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get the Zoom link for our first session.
We can only accept so many people so if you’re interested, let us know ASAP!
We are so excited to start working with you all and making relationship education more inclusive and representative of youth’s lived experiences.