One Year Into COVID-19 It’s not every day that you start a new job and then immediately have to close down the office indefinitely and send everyone home amidst a once-in-a-century pandemic. But that was my whirlwind experience when I joined YWCA Edmonton as our new CEO one year ago today. I hadn’t even met most of our staff yet before making that difficult decision after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mandated an historic stay-at-home order
Sexual Health & Wellness Programs
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.
The difference our Education Services makes
Last year, our school education program visited over 400 schools in the Greater Edmonton area.
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.
Our presentations for elementary school classes take place in May and June and cover many topics.
- Puberty Development
- Changing Moods
- The Human Reproductive System
- Human Development
- Respect for Peers During Puberty
W-4.3: describe physical, emotional and social changes that occur during puberty; e.g., menstruation, secondary sexual characteristics, changing identity and moods
W-5.3: identify the basic components of the human reproductive system, and describe the basic functions of the various components (e.g., fertilization, conception)
W-6.3: identify and describe the stages and factors that can affect human development from conception through birth
W-6.6: examine and evaluate the risk factors associated with exposure to blood-borne diseases such as HIV, AIDS, hepatitis B/C (e.g., sharing needles, body piercing, tattooing, helping someone who is bleeding, being sexually active)
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
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
Guest Lectures for Post-Secondary Courses
Many Post-Secondary Institutions have courses that require a more in depth look at personal relationships, sexuality, birth control, and pregnancy. YWCA Edmonton offers presentations that cover these topics and more to assist in undergraduate and graduate courses.
- Safer Sex & Birth Control
- Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
- Pregnancy Options
- Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity
- Sexual Health Education
- Healthy Relationships and
We can also customize a presentation on human sexuality based on your needs.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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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