Hope 4 the future

Youth Education Program

Our Youth Education Program is designed to teach youths in Grade 6-8 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

Register for a Summer Group Session

We will be running five FREE “I AM” summer self-esteem groups from our Youth Education Program virtually, between July 6th and August 17, 2021. Please see below to learn more and register for a session.

Download and share Summer Self-Esteem Groups information

Building Self-Esteem - July 6th

Through fun and engaging group activities, examine the impact relationships have on a person’s health and self-esteem. During this group we will examine the impact of positive and negative self-talk and explore ways to raise and maintain healthy self-esteem.  This will be done through fun and engaging group activities.

Tuesday July 6 2021 1-2:15pm via zoom

Register by contacting Angela at angela.stahlbaum@wcswr.org 

Media and It’s Impact on Self-Esteem - July 13th

During this group we will examine the messages sent through different forms of media and explore the impact of these messages on a person’s self-esteem.  This will be done through fun and engaging group activities.

Tuesday July 13 2021 1-2:15pm via zoom

Register by contacting Angela at angela.stahlbaum@wcswr.org 

Relationships and Self Esteem - July 20th

Through fun and engaging group activities, examine the impact relationships have on a person’s health and self-esteem.  We will also review the characteristics that make a relationship healthy or unhealthy.

Tuesday July 20 2021 1-2:15pm via zoom

Register by contacting Angela at angela.stahlbaum@wcswr.org 

Differences - August 3rd

During this group we will be learning to recognize differences as strengths, with the goal of becoming more accepting of others and ourselves.  We will discuss how being critical of each other’s differences can impact a person’s self-esteem.

Tuesday August 3 2021 1-2:15pm via zoom

Register by contacting Angela at angela.stahlbaum@wcswr.org 

Hope for the Future - August 17th

During this week we will be promoting the idea of resiliency and how it can help us overcome obstacles.  We will examine the link between self-esteem and hope for the future through fun interactive games and real-life stories of resilience.

Tuesday August 17 2021 1-2:15pm via zoom

Register by contacting Angela at angela.stahlbaum@wcswr.org 

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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