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Sexual Health & Wellness Programs

Education

YWCA Edmonton now offers sexual health education services in our city.

What we do

Grades 4 – 9 education support. 

CALM education support. 

Community based education. Our presentations for community groups are tailored for the group. Presentations are available for children, youth, adults, and parents.

Community engagement. We support our local community by offering interactive and educational booths at events around the city.

We believe in:

  • Supporting teachers in their classroom however they need us.
  • Fact-based information that is scientifically accurate.
  • Judgement-free education delivered in a way that encourages comfort.
  •  Curriculum based presentations designed to achieve outcomes.
  • Accessible presentations to all inclusive of age, race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, socio-economic status, and cultural or religious background.
  • Presentations that incorporate a balanced approach to sexual health promotion that includes the positive aspects of sexuality and relationships as well as the prevention of outcomes that can have a negative impact on sexual health and well-being.
  • The promotion of human rights including autonomous decision-making and respect for the rights of others.
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The difference our Education Services makes

Last year, our school education program visited over 400 schools in the Greater Edmonton area. 

School Education

Our Educators role is to present healthy sexuality learning sessions for elementary, junior high, and high school classrooms.  These presentations are  ~80 minutes in length and are tied directly to curricular outcomes (specific to healthy sexuality). YWCA Edmonton is an approved EPSB vendor. 

The goal of our comprehensive sexual health education is not limited to the achievement of biological/physical wellness but also include psychological, emotional, relational, and social well-being related to sexuality. Throughout each session, we facilitate and engage students in conversations around a healthy relationship with their sexuality, a positive outlook on their normal, natural, and holistic sexual wellness, and empower them to make healthy sexual decisions in their lives. 

All presentations are structured similarly:

Introductions: Who we are, where to find us, and what we do

Classroom expectations: Establish their rights and responsibilities as learners

Core Content: Cover content specific achieving the expected curriculum outcome

Anonymous Questions*: Allows for candid engagement with students

Wrap Up: How to contact us and access additional resources (both online and in the Edmonton-area)

*Note: The anonymous questions have been shown to be a valuable tool for students to ask questions of our educators while circumventing the usual embarrassment and peer pressure that students may feel.

The goals of comprehensive sexual health education are to equip people with the information, motivation, and behavioural skills to enhance sexual health and well-being and to prevent outcomes that can have a negative impact on sexual health and well-being.

– Sex Information & Education Council of Canada

Community Education

We offer presentations and/or workshops for community groups serving children, parents, youth, and adults. We are happy to work with you to create a presentation tailored to your group’s needs and interests.

Some topics that could be included:

  • Sexual Anatomy and Physiology
  • Sexuality Throughout the Lifespan
  • Healthy Relationships and Consent
  •  Personal Boundaries and Communication Skills
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
  • Sexual Decision-Making
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
  • Safer Sex (i.e. condoms, dental dams)
  • Birth Control

Community Engagement

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We are passionate about being involved in not only classrooms but also in our community. Our mobile education booth is run by our volunteer Peer Educators who have extensive training around sexual health and wellness. 

We attend various events around Edmonton educating people on sexual health with our interactive games and handing out condoms, lube, and other safer sex barriers. 

Peer Educators

Our Peer Educators are knowledgeable, personable, and enthusiastic about sexual health. We provide opportunities within the community where Peer Educators will share information about safer sex practices, harm reduction and sex positivity. 

We provide in depth training and support with two intake and mandatory training sessions per year. Our Peer Educators become ambassadors in the community to promote comprehensive sexual health and wellness.

Contact Us

Need to ask a sexual health question? Please fill out the form below with your email and question. Our educators will send an answer to your provided email address.

Phone: 780-423-9922 Ext 310 | Email: education@ywcaedm.org | or fill out the following form (please note that you must include either an email or phone number for us to be able to contact you):

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