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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. Workshops are available Mondays (pm only) Tuesdays-Thursday (all day) and Fridays (am only).

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For more information, contact teentalk@teentalk.ca or call us at 204-784-4010

Workshop Synopses

Teen Talk delivers interactive workshops using group brainstorms, small group work, hands-on activities and games to explore and teach content.  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.

Appreciating Diversity
In this workshop we will examine ways in which we can appreciate the differences between people and reduce discrimination. Teen Talk will facilitate a discussion on the impacts of discrimination, the historical and ongoing effects of colonization on this land and the linkages existing between different forms of discrimination (colonialism, sexism, racism, homophobia, etc.). The workshop aims to shift the focus to the resiliency and strengths of those who face discrimination and how we can all build ally-ship. Click here for handouts.
Body Image
This workshop offers ways to prevent and understand negative body image by critically examining harmful messages presented in the media and common attitudes and myths in society at large. We also explore how negative body image and low self-esteem can be linked with unhealthy behaviors such as disordered eating and over-exercising, risk-taking and the impact on mental wellness. Participants will discuss how they can feel better about their bodies and learn skills to support others. Click here for handouts.
Communication Skills
This workshop looks at effective communication skills with a focus on consent and healthy ways to communicate in romantic relationships. We will explore passive, aggressive and assertive communication styles as well as the negative impacts of rumors and gossip. Youth will have the opportunity to practice assertive communication and respectful listening skills. Click here for handouts.
Intro to Sexuality
In this workshop we explore the concepts of sexuality and the role it plays in our lives. This includes our rights, values, influence of the media, gender identity, sexual orientation, body, and mind. Youth will have a chance to explore choices regarding their sexuality through discussions and small group work. Click here for handouts.
Mental Health
This workshop helps youth to understand that we all have a mental health and, like our physical health, have to work towards mental wellness. We will explore different ways stress and trauma impacts our wellbeing as well as coping strategies, including stress reduction activities, to get through hard times. This workshop highlights resources and supports while emphasizing help seeking when going through a hard time including when youth or their friends are having thoughts of suicide. Click here for handouts.
Pregnancy Options
This workshop provides accurate information on all three legal pregnancy options (adoption, abortion, and parenting). Participants will explore potential emotional and practical experiences of pregnancy, including deciding which option to choose, and where to go to for non-judgmental support and medical care. Click here for handouts.
Relationships (Teen Dating Violence)
Through small group discussions, youth will explore the differences between healthy, unhealthy and abusive relationships. Youth will learn what to do if they experience abuse, use abuse or witness abuse happening. They will also explore respectful and safe ways to end a relationship and ways to build a healthy relationship. Click here for handouts.
Sexual and Reproductive Health
This workshop will discuss important conversations to have with partners before sex including consent, safer sex options, STI testing, pregnancy options, comforts, boundaries and expectations. Youth will have an opportunity to practice negotiating condom use. We will also review reproductive anatomy as well as the most common forms of safer sex options including abstinence, condoms and hormonal birth control and emergency contraceptive. Click here for handouts.
Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV
Participants will gain a broad understanding of STIs and HIV including common symptoms, testing and treatment. This workshop will explore the differences between high, low and no risk activities and demonstrate how to use condoms and sex damns. An emphasis will be placed on where to access condoms, sex dams, testing and non-judgmental support. Click here for handouts.
Substance Use Awareness
This workshop will examine the effects, including harms and benefits of common substances. Substance information is offered from a non-judgmental, harm reduction perspective to allow youth to make informed and safer choices. We will facilitate a discussion on the reasons people have for using or not using a substance, ways to abstain from substance use and how to stay safer if using. Participants will practice refusal skills, discuss how to identify problematic use and focus on where to go for support. Click here for handouts.