Teen Talk is a Youth Health Education Program part of Klinic Community Health. We provide services for youth from a harm reduction, prevention education perspective. We focus on issues under the broad topics of sexual and mental health and link youth to resources in their community. We adhere to the belief that by providing youth with accurate, non-judgmental information they can make healthier decisions and choices for themselves.
If you would like more information on Teen Talk please feel free to contact us at: (204) 784-4010.
Teen Talk has the following three programs:
Workshops for Youth
In the Workshops for Youth Program the skilled Youth Health Educators develop and deliver interactive workshops to youth aged 14-19 in a variety of settings such as high schools, after school programming, alternative youth programming and treatment facilities. All workshops are available throughout Manitoba. City workshops are available Tuesday through Friday (Friday am only). For more information, contact email@example.com
If your group has special needs, time constraints, or if you have any other concerns which may impact the workshop, please include this information on the booking form.
- Youth Sexuality
- What is sexuality? In this workshop we attempt to answer this question as well as facilitate discussion on youth rights surrounding sexuality by examining the factors that affect sexuality. This includes our values, media, gender identity, sexual orientation, body, and mind. Students will have a chance to explore choices regarding their sexuality through discussions and small group work. Click here for handouts.
- Communication Skills
- This workshop looks at effective communication skills with a focus on passive, aggressive, and assertive styles of communication in relationships. The harmful effects of rumors are also discussed as well as a look at how media and gender roles can influence the ways that we communicate. Emphasis is placed on issues of consent, sexual decision-making and negotiating safer sex. Click here for handouts.
- Birth Control
- Participants will have the opportunity to discuss things to consider before sex, and excuses and responses to condom use. They will gain direct knowledge of anatomy and the most common forms of birth control ranging from abstinence to condom use. Information on the effectiveness, the availability, and proper usage of various methods of birth control will be addressed. Click here for handouts.
- STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections)/HIV
- This workshop will introduce students to the most common STIs – highlighting the key symptoms, unsafe behaviors, and important measures including abstinence, condom use, and STI testing. Additional emphasis will be given to the importance of responsible decision-making, regular medical testing, and open dialogue with sexual partners. Click here for handouts.
- Teen Dating Violence
- A video and discussion will be used to help participants identify various forms of abuse that occur in teen dating relationships. The cycle of abuse, typical warning signs of abuse, and safety plans will be discussed with participants and appropriate community resources will be provided. Qualities of a healthy relationship will be explored at the end of the workshop. Click here for handouts.
- Mental Health
- This workshop helps youth to understand that mental health is a continuum that ranges from mental wellness to mental illness. An emphasis on recognizing symptoms of various mental illnesses and issues through stories is given. We address myths associated with mental health as well as suicide; explore our feelings during a hard time, where to get support and resources, treatment options, as well as coping strategies in an interactive manner. Click here for handouts.
- Appreciating Diversity
- The purpose of this workshop is to examine the destructiveness of discrimination in society and to identify the linkages existing between different forms of discrimination (sexism, racism, homophobia, etc.). We aim to create/facilitate discussion on the many ways their diversity is not appreciated in order for youth to provide their own answers and workable solutions. Click here for handouts.
- Substance Use Awareness
- An interactive workshop that provides youth with information on the effects of different substances, examines the reasons why youth make the choices they do about alcohol and other drugs and provides harm reduction information. Click here for handouts.
- Body Image
- This workshop helps youth look at ways to prevent/deal with negative body image by examining harmful messages presented in the media and common attitudes and myths in society at large. We also explore the link between negative body image, unhealthy behaviors (such as disordered eating and over-exercising, sexual risk-taking, and low self-esteem) and depression. A group brainstorm provides ways for youth to feel good about their bodies and themselves. Click here for handouts.
- Pregnancy Options
- Participants will be given a presentation that outlines all three legal options (adoption, abortion, and parenting) available to youth in Manitoba after a pregnancy has occurred. The workshop is designed to give youth a realistic picture of all choices and resources available to them. Students will also participate in a game that focuses on realities of teen parenting. Click here for handouts.
- HIV/AIDS Awareness
- The HIV/AIDS workshop is designed to give participants accurate information on HIV/AIDS including how the virus is transmitted, how it compromises the immune system, and where to go for testing though interactive storytelling. Activities include an interactive game on risky behaviors and prevention. Click here for handouts.
The Peer Support Program consists of a youth-directed 32-35 hr comprehensive training program to educate their peers after the training is complete. 3 in-house trainings occur throughout the year. These newly trained peer supporters can initiate activities in their schools and communities, information tables and educational events.
If you have an existing Peer Support or Peer Helper group in your school you can request a supplemental workshop. We are able to meet with groups for up to an entire day to supplement their training. We may also be available if you would like to organize a full training for your school, neighborhood or region. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 204-784-4010 to discuss these opportunities.
After completing the Teen Talk Peer Support Training, youth volunteer about 24 hours per month rehearsing and presenting interactive skits for middle school aged youth. This group of dedicated volunteers has created characters and storylines to address issues like alcohol and decision making, sexual and mental health, homophobia, healthy and toxic relationships, and other issues youth are dealing with.
Click here for the Skitz booking form.
Teen Talk North
The Teen Talk North program provides trainings and post-training support to Manitoba’s Northern service providers who work with youth. The training focuses on sexual health, mental health (including substance use), and healthy relationships and provides background information, as well as games, activities and ice breakers to use with youth.
Goals of Service Provider Trainings are:
- Share knowledge in the areas of sexual health, mental health (including substance use), and healthy relationships.
- Teach strategies for effectively working with youth.
- Support participants in their current work and create a plan moving forward.
In addition, participants will learn:
- Team building and “ice-breaker” activities.
- Materials for use with groups as well as one on one.
- How values affect working with youth.
- How to enhance presentation skills.
- How to make topics engaging and relevant to youth.
The training is accompanied by a Teen Talk Service Provider Manual and Teen Talk Activities Binder. To view the Manual and Binder, click on the resources below, or for additional information feel free to call (204)784-4010, or email us at email@example.com.
Resources for Service Providers
- Peer Support Manual
- The 2016 Peer Support updated manual is coming soon, stay tuned!
- Service Provider Training and Manual
- The Teen Talk Service Provider Manual was created in 2012 for distribution to participants in our Service Provider Trainings. The main focus was to create a document with “ready made” activities that service providers can use with the youth. Each chapter highlights some important background information on each topic, additional resources and Teen Talk activities. The Teen Talk Service Provider manual is available to educators and service providers who are looking for information and activities for youth. Go ahead and print (double sided) or use as needed to build or supplement educational sessions. Most of the activities here are easy to run and require very few additional resources. For more information or to request a manual contact Teen Talk at (204)784-4010 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming soon: the updated 2016 Teen Talk manual – stay tuned!
Check out the Teen Talk Toolkit for Educators and Service Providers (see below) for lots of Teen Talk activities to do with youth.
- Teen Talk Tool Kit for Educators & Service Providers
The Teen Talk Tool Kit is available to educators and service providers who are looking for activities to run with youth to supplement their educational sessions. Most of the activities are easy to run and only require paper, markers and tape!
Updated 2016 Teen Talk Tool Kit… coming soon!
Click below for each individual activity and print double-sided.
Why Do/Don’t Teens Use Birth Control? 2016
“Bits and Pieces” Anatomy Lesson 2016
“Anatomy on Your Back” Card Game 2016
Hormonal Birth Control Information and Demonstrations 2016
Plan B/ECP Information and Demonstration 2016
Internal/Female Condom Demonstration
Pregnancy Options Role Play Activity 2015, coming soon!
Substance Use Awareness
Why Youth Use/Don’t Use? 2016
Risk Line-up Activity 2016
Abstinence Activities 2016
Refusal Skills Brainstorm 2016
Partying Safer Activity 2016
Recovery Position 2016
Decisional Balancing Reflection Activity 2016
Problematic Use Brainstorm 2016
Drug Trivia Game 2016
Identifying Strengths Reflection Activity 2016
Drunken Condom Obstacle Course
Teen Dating Violence
Why Do/Don’t Teens Have Sex Brainstorm & Fun and Safe Activities
Things to Talk About Before Having Sex Brainstorm 2016
Sexual Readiness Worksheet 2015, coming soon!
Things to Talk About Before Having Sex Brainstorm
Media Literacy Activity on Sexuality and Relationships
For background information and additional activities go to the Teen Talk Service Provider Manual above.
We also distribute a youth resource handout. We’ve made two versions depending on your needs. Please select from the following links:
- Youth Resources – Print, fold and handout edition
- Print this double sided and fold according to these instructions
- Youth Resources – Post in the classroom edition
Here you’ll find the most recent teen clinic handout.
Here you’ll find a copy of our latest Peer Support Zine. This copy is made to be printed into a booklet. Please set your printer to print double sided and to flip along the short edge. You will need to staple the middle of the pages to create the booklet.
- Youth Resources – Print, fold and handout edition