Compass Sexual Wellness Programs
Turning Boys Into WiseGuyz
Young male students are inundated with cultural and media messages about what it means to be a man. The WiseGuyz program looks to decrease the stigma about sexual health, relationships, sexuality, and violence.
What is WiseGuyz?
WiseGuyz is a school based program that targets grade 9 junior high boys, 13-15 years of age. The program takes place over the length of the school year, during which time four modules are covered.
WiseGuyz is designed to:
Increase Sexual Health
by working through the stigma of sexual health to reduce unhealthy sexual risk-taking and STIs
Build Healthy Relationships
by discussing healthy masculinity, and how young men connect with others and show up in relationships
by teaching healthy communication skills and non-violent conflict resolution
by emphasizing the significance of both bystander intervention, as well as support and resources for those who experience bullying
by humanizing and validating LGBTQ+ people and perspectives
How it works
Topics covered include:
- Healthy Relationships
- Bullying & Harassment
- Influence of the Media
- Healthy Masculinities
- Gender Identities
- Healthy Decision-Making
- Contraceptives & Barriers
- Sexual Assault & Consent
- Body Image
Who can participate
WiseGuyz is open to anyone who identifies as a boy in grade 9 between the ages of 13-15.
It is free for schools and students to participate in the program thanks to grant funding.
WiseGuyz is a safer space that welcomes and supports all members of the LGBTQ2S+ community.
WiseGuyz is a Centre for Sexuality program facilitated by YWCA Edmonton. We are thrilled to work with the Centre for Sexuality to bring this much needed program to the city of Edmonton.
Module 1: Positive Relationships
This module examines the difference between healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships. Participants learn about personal boundaries, consent, coping skills, and effective ways to express emotion and resolve conflict.
Module 2: Sexual Health
Participants will become more aware of their own sexuality, the changes during puberty and associated pressures. they will receive sexual health information, so that they can identify supports and make healthy choices for themselves related to their sexuality.
Module 3: Gender, Sexuality, and the Media
Participants learn the differences between sex and gender and are encouraged to critically examine representations of gender in the media and the stereotypes they reinforce, as well as the social pressures of being a guy.
Module 4: Human Rights
Participants discuss the basic rights of every human being and how to respect the differing values, perspectives, and lived experiences of others.
Kate Chegwin Junior High School
T.D. Baker School
Sir George Simpson Junior High School
Stereotypical notions of masculine toughness deny a boy his emotions and rob him of the chance to develop the full range of emotional resources. We call this process, in which a boy is steered away from his inner world, the emotional miseducation of boys.
– Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson
Bring WiseGuyz to Your School
Schools interested in WiseGuyz must:
- teach grade 9 students.
- have a consistent time of the week during instructional time to host WiseGuyz at your school.
- provide WiseGuyz with a consistent space to facilitate the program.
- be willing to commit to a year long program.
- support facilitators with recruitment, evaluation, and programming by communicating with families when necessary.
- book extra space to complete surveys or focus groups.
- support students to attend regularly.
Learn More or Register:
Contact: Jeremiah Levine Sexual Health Multicultural Educator
Phone: 780-423-9922 ext.311 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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