School-Based Prevention Projects
- Ages: (13-15) Grades 8-11
- Time: 2 sessions at 60-80 minutes each
- Number of Participants: up to 30 students
Using fun games, discussion, and other tools youth learn how to identify and communicate sexual boundaries and learn why asking for consent and challenging gender stereotypes is key to creating positive and equal relationships. The workshops affirm the importance of self-determination – that every person has the right to define their sexuality and set their own limits and it is every person’s responsibility to respect the limits of others. The workshops are delivered during school hours and are generally booked in a required class for Grade 8, 9, 10 or 11 students. Each of the two sessions should be between 60 and 80 minutes and can accommodate up to 30 students. Currently, Project Respect is focusing on delivering workshops for students in Grades 8 to 11 with partner schools (SD 61 & 62). However, each school year we are also able to do a limited number of workshops with other schools and for community groups.
Safer Spaces Training
- Ages: Adults (Educators, School Administration, Youth Service Providers, etc.)
- Time: 1 session at 90-120 minutes
- Number of Participants: up to 25 adults
Project Respect’s youth-adult team developed a workshop for educators, school administration and youth service providers! Using discussion, role plays and multimedia resources, our Safer Spaces workshop creates a comfortable space for adults who work with youth to develop the skills to prevent and respond to gender-based violence, and the language and knowledge to be active bystanders, using youth-centered, trauma-informed, and consent-based practices. Staff trainings take about 90 to 120 minutes, are offered at a time convenient for the school and can accommodate up to 25 participants.
Information sessions provide staff with information about community resources (such as the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre’s Clinic), space to ask questions and an opportunity to collaboratively problem solve challenging scenarios.
Youth Leadership Training
- Ages: 14-17 (Grades 9-12)
- Time: 10-12 sessions once per school year
- Number of Participants: up to 25 students
Over 10 to 12 sessions, a group of youth will be engaged in a participatory, arts-based process to move through an anti-oppressive, healthy relationships curriculum. Participants learn a wide variety of leadership skills in the design and delivery of their projects, including: project coordination, facilitation, curriculum design, digital media production, communication skills, team work, and more. Each cohort explores the issues that are most relevant to them, and collaboratively creates a social action project that is showcased for the wider school community. Students who participate in one year have the opportunity to help plan and facilitate the project the following year. Running once per school year, the leadership training typically takes place in class time (such as a Social Justice Studies or Mental Health class) or during an ‘exploratory’ block and can accommodate up to 25 students.
Community Based Prevention Projects
The purpose of the youth council is to empower youth by supporting their personal and collective visions for a future without sexualized violence. Some potential projects may include: developing a new logo for Project Respect, developing social media content to share about consent and resources, creating merchandise for the council, and planning the Youth Social Action Camp! Since this program is youth-led, it will be up each cohort to decide which direction to take.
Project Respect is committed to creating an environment where all voices are heard. Our goal is to work in an anti-oppressive way, meaning that we view sexualized violence as connected to many different structures that exclude certain voices. Some of these structures are: colonialism, racism, gender-based violence, and ableism.
- Ages: 14-19 (Grades 9-12)
- Usually held in the spring
- Number of Participants: up to 25 youth
We invite youth from all identities, backgrounds, and experiences to explore how and why sexualized violence happens, and identify social justice issues that are relevant to them. Youth are supported in creating youth-led and centered social action projects to address the issues relevant to their experiences. A key theme at camp is exploring youth participatory action research, and creating research methods that center youth’s experiences and perspectives in creating and measuring social change. We explore these topics through theatre, art, media, and group discussions, nature walks, campfire circles, canoeing, games, and other activities.