Taking Pride: A Healthy Relationships Workshop Series Created for Youth by Youth

Taking Pride:

A Healthy Relationships Workshop Series Created for Youth by Youth

 

Could your LGBTQ/2S+ youth group benefit from a healthy relationships curriculum where they see themselves represented?

 

Taking Pride is a six-week intervention aimed at reducing dating violence among LGBTQ/2S+ youth. Developed in partnership with LGBTQ/2S+ youth throughout British Columbia, the weekly workshops cover topics like communication skills, consent, relationship violence, recognizing healthy and unhealthy relationships, and supporting friends. Throughout the program, young people will:

  • Change how they think about relationships
  • Have a chance to practice skills that will equip them to make healthier decisions
  • Solidify some of those skills into behaviour change

 

How it Works

Step 1 – Identify interest from the group
Before we sign up your group, it’s important to find out if they are.interested in participating. Present this information to your group and feel free to reach out to Katie at katie@mcs.bc.ca for additional information and/or resources.

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Step 2 – Get in Touch
To sign up your group, please email Katie. She’ll be able to answer any further questions and get your group started in the program.

Step 3 – Schedule Your Workshops
When your group chooses to move forward, we’ll schedule your six 40 to 60-minute workshops and deliver the program via Zoom. Katie and a youth co-facilitator will be present to facilitate the curriculum.

Step 4 – Complete Evaluation Surveys
Participants will also have the option to take three voluntary, confidential, anonymous surveys to evaluate the relatability and relevance of the program. Youth will receive a $15 gift card for two of the surveys (one survey taken ahead of the first workshop and one taken at the end of the last workshop) and then a $20 gift card for a follow up survey three months later.


 

Handsome young gay couple standing head to head in park.

Happy Beautiful Asian Girlfriends Laughing and Cheerful Together Having Fun At Home on the Sofa Couch Cuddling

Teenage Friends Hanging Out in a Semi Circle

Gay Couple Kissing


 

To sign up your group, please email katie@mcs.bc.ca

Designed to change behaviour

This curriculum has been designed to be more than just a way to pass information about healthy relationships. Information is important but knowing something doesn’t always translate to changes in behaviour. That’s why the goals for this curriculum were laid out in three categories: knowledge, attitude, and behaviour. As you move through this curriculum with your group, you’ll see how we want to do more than just inform about healthy relationships. We want to help young people navigate the stages of behaviour change: recognizing when or if there is a problem, deciding to do something about it, doing something about it, and maintaining that change.

 

What’s in the modules?

Unhealthy behaviours exist in all types of relationships. In module one, youth will discuss how identifying as LGBTQ/2S+ can influence relationships and sexual education. This module also starts with creating a safe space together and agreeing on what that looks like.

Boundaries are important to maintaining healthy relationships. Module two is all about personal boundaries, why they are important, and how they influence behaviour. Youth will also discuss why people might have certain boundaries and how boundaries are influenced by our values.

Module three is all about communication, active listening, and how to respond to rejection. Youth will learn about the different styles of communication, tools to practice active listening, and how to say and accept “no” as an answer.

Conflict is a normal part of all relationships. Conflicts often happen when one person’s wants, needs, or expectations have not been met. In module five, youth will learn about differences between healthy and unhealthy conflict, tips to resolve conflict, how to manage break-ups, and how to safely exit a relationship that is unhealthy.

Research shows that being connected to community can have positive effects on youth’s overall health and well-being. That’s why our final module focuses on building community and connection. Youth will learn about what community looks like for them, how to be a supportive friend, and how to identify people who are “safe” to reach out to.


 

Two Teenage Girls Laying Down ; Looking Each Other and Smiling.

Cute couple sharing a special moment in the morning

Friends Studying Together

Young black gay woman with face mask holding a lgbt gay pride rainbow flag


 

To sign up your group, please email katie@mcs.bc.ca

Frequently Asked Questions

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all modules will be delivered via Zoom.

If your group is already meeting in-person and adhering to COVID-19 safety measures, then yes, your group may participate in-person. However, our team members will only be able to join you via Zoom.

Taking Pride consists of six modules that are delivered one at a time over the span of six weeks. If a week needs to be skipped due to unforeseen circumstances (or school Pro-D/holiday), then the group will do the next module when the schedule is back to normal. Each module is designed to be delivered within 45 to 60 minutes.

Nothing! Taking Pride is a free program.

Your group will need:

  • Access to internet/wifi
  • A computer or laptop with a video and microphone capabilities
  • A USB and an external mic is recommended, although not required (if necessary, a USB and/or external mic can be provided to you for the duration of the program)

If you have concerns about meeting tech requirements, please let us know and we will do our best to help.

Along with our Youth and Community Projects Manager, Katie, and a member of our Youth Research Academy, your group will include at least one adult support.

The curriculum was developed with consultation from LGBTQ/2S+ youth across British Columbia to find out what 2SLGBTQIA + youth want from a healthy relationships education curriculum. By facilitating this curriculum with both a youth facilitator(s) and an adult support, we are providing the group with leadership from a relatable peer who understands what youth go through, as well as support from an experienced adult support.

Adult supports will have a phone conversation or Zoom call with Katie to learn about how to support the delivery of the Taking Pride curriculum.

We have three voluntary, anonymous surveys we ask participants to fill out online:

  • First survey to be filled out before beginning the curriculum
  • Second survey to be done after finishing the curriculum
  • Third survey to be completed three months after completing the curriculum

Each survey takes about 20 minutes to complete, and participants will receive a gift card after filling out each survey. For the first two surveys, participants will receive $15 gift cards, and for the third survey they will receive a $20 gift card. If a participant completes all three surveys, they will have earned $50 in total. Participants will have a selection of gift cards to choose from, such as Tim Hortons, Starbucks, Walmart, etc.

It’s important that participants fill out these surveys, as we are hoping to address the amount of dating violence that LGBTQ/2S+ youth experience, and we would like to know how helpful youth found the curriculum.

Participants should be encouraged to complete all three surveys even if they only participate in one or two modules. The survey is available online and a link to the surveys will be emailed to participants before starting the curriculum, after completing the curriculum, and again three months after completing the curriculum.

Information gathered from the survey will help us see if the curriculum is helpful, and how it can be improved for future participants.


 

Teenagers Hanging Out in the Hallway

Young woman celebrating gay pride event wearing rainbow flag symbol of LGBT social movement

Person holding the Bisexual Rainbow Flag with the blue sky in the background

Cute gay couple partying outdoors