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Workshops for Youth

In the Workshops for Youth Program our health educators develop and deliver interactive workshops to youth aged 14-19 in a variety of settings such as high schools, after school programs, and alternative youth programs. All workshops are available throughout Manitoba. Workshops are available Monday through Friday. Weekend and evening workshops can be arranged as well. Please contact us to discuss your group’s needs in more detail.

Workshops during COVID-19

COVID-19 has considerably changed the way that community-based organizations deliver programming. We have a plan for youth programming that ensures we can safely continue to offer school and community-based workshops for youth by adapting to changing classroom and program needs.

This year, there are many options to invite us into your spaces that align with policies and protocols related to COVID-19:

  1. All sessions can still be delivered in-person, providing they follow physical distancing guidelines and other COVID-19 protocols like sanitizing and hand washing.
  2. Sessions can also be delivered virtually through online videoconferencing software, hosted by you/your division or us – we currently use Zoom and have adapted our workshops to flow well using this platform.
  3. Sessions can still be delivered to rural, remote and northern communities. We have designed and built “Virtual Workshop Kits” that contain a laptop computer, projector, camera, and cellular data stick that can be shipped to communities we cannot reach in-person due to travel restrictions, or virtually due to a lack of technology infrastructure (such as those in rural and remote locations).

Our youth programming remains free of charge, however, travel reimbursement may be required outside of Winnipeg or Brandon.

There are now several options available when booking a workshop:

  1. Complete an online form, and we will contact you in a timely manner to discuss your needs and confirm your booking.
  2. Complete a PDF and submit via e-mail to info@serc.mb.ca (Winnipeg) or brandon@serc.mb.ca (Brandon) with the subject line reading: “Youth Workshop Request”.
  3. Phone the Winnipeg office (204-982-7800) or the Brandon office (204-727-0417) to discuss your needs with someone directly.

To book a youth workshop now, please click here.

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 request form.

Dating Relationships
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.
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, the 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 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.
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, 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.