Hope 4 the future

Youth Education Program

Our Youth Education Program is designed to teach kids about healthy relationships to help eliminate violence in our community. It is a preventative program that uses self-esteem building activities to highlight the importance of having a positive personal self-image. The desired program outcome is that young women and men who receive the curriculum will have improved self-esteem, better resiliency and coping skills, and overall healthier relationships which in turn will act as a significant protective factor for them from experiencing or perpetrating domestic violence.

“I AM” is a FREE eight-week program available to all schools and community centres within Waterloo Region. The program curriculum meets the Ontario Ministry of Education guidelines and includes various forms of media to address all learning styles and engage students’ cognitive, behavioural and emotional learning processes. Pre and post evaluation tools are used to measure the success of the program.

Healthy relationship research shows that having healthy relationships builds self-esteem, improves mental and emotional health, and helps people live a fuller life. These interactive and engaging programs strive to teach youth the importance of healthy, respectful relationships that are free of violence.

Topics We Explore

  • Healthy relationships and self esteem
  • Sexual harassment
  • Media
  • Differences
  • Building self esteem
  • Mental health
  • Substance use
  • Hope for the future 

Impact of the Program

Findings show that youth who have been a part of the program…

  • Have higher self esteem
  • Are better able to resolve conflict non violently
  • Have more empathy for one another
  • Find that the relationship with their peers improve
  • Have high caring and cooperative behaviours
The “I AM” program module that we use was developed by Family Transition Place in Orangeville as a part of their youth education program. It has been seeing success for over 10 years and has reached over 50,000 youth in their community. Overall, when youth attend the program and have improved self-esteem they are less vulnerable to unhealthy relationships and demonstrate improved boundaries. Further, when youth have enhanced levels of hope they demonstrate improved coping skills, and are less prone to low mood and feelings of despair.

Learn More

For inquiries about the program, please contact:

Angela Stahlbaum
Outreach Worker (Youth Education Program Contact)
angela.stahlbaum@wcswr.org

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Register for the Program

We are currently running the “I AM” module of our Youth Education Program at schools and community centres throughout Waterloo Region. Please see the list below to register for a program near you.

Forest Heights Community Centre

1700 Queens Blvd
Kitchener, ON

Thursdays from 3:15 – 4:30 pm – January 23 2020 – March 12 2020

Register now
Course code: 43634

Stanley Park Community Centre

505 Franklin St N
Kitchener, ON

Tuesdays from 4:00 – 5:00 pm – January 7 2020 – February 25 2020

Register now
Course code:  42980

Victoria Hill Community Centre

10 Chopin Dr
Kitchener, ON

Wednesdays from 4:30 – 5:30 pm – January 15 2020 – March 4 2020

Register now
Course code: 43518

Grow Community Centre

1 Groh Ave
Cambridge, ON

Available through their Tuesday ‘Gurls Drop in’ from 6:45 – 7:45 pm on the following dates:
November 5, 2019
December 3, 2019
January 14, 2020
February 4, 2020

Contact Lauren to confirm attendance at: laurenk@langs.org or call (519) 248-4769 ext. 3002

Alison Neighbourhood Community Centre

127 Elgin St N
Cambridge, ON

Available through their drop in on Wednesdays from 7:00 – 8:30 pm on the following dates:

October 16, 2019
November, 13 2019
December, 4 2019
January 15, 2020
February 19, 2020

Call (519) 620-1867 to confirm your attendance

Wilmot Family Resource Centre

At Optimist Youth Centre in Wilmot Rec Complex

1291 Nafziger Rd.
Baden, ON

Tuesdays from 6:30 – 8 pm – January 7 2020 – February 18 2020

Register by contacting the WFRC at (519) 622-2731 or email info@wilmotfamilyresourcecentre.ca