ACCKWA’s Youth Sexual Health Department offers education and outreach services to youth in Waterloo Region. Our programming aims to empower youth to manage their sexual health by developing skills, increasing self-efficacy, and improving access to resources. We provide free workshops for youth as well as for parents, educators, and service providers who work with youth. We also do one-on-one risk reduction counseling, and outreach at local events, on social media, and via text.
We operate Doin’ It, a confidential, non-judgmental sexual health resource for youth in Waterloo Region. You can find us on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and Facebook, or use our anonymous text service to ask any questions about sex, sexuality, and sexual health. Just text us at 519-569-9521!
We created the following resources to accompany our workshops, but they’re just as helpful on their own if you’re looking to start a conversation, learn something new, or help a friend.
- Barrier Guide for STI Transmission
- LGBTQ2S Glossary of Terms
- Guide to Safer Sex & Tech
- Guide to Talking about Sex & Tech
- Guide for Trans/Non-Cis Youth in WR
Tip: to print in brochure format, select “print on both sides” and the “flip on short edge” option.
YSHAG (Youth Sexual Health Action Group)
In partnership with SHORE Centre, we support YSHAG, a working group that strives to create safer spaces and foster open dialogue about relationships and sexual health, in particular for LGBTQ+ youth in Waterloo Region. We meet weekly on Monday afternoons at SHORE or ACCKWA in Kitchener (with snacks!) and come up with different ideas for projects and events (like the zine we made this summer). Bus tickets are provided at each meeting. For more information, check us out on Facebook or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We developed PAUSE, an acronym to guide our group discussions. You can find the whole printable series here!
– Pride flag
– Trans flag
– Ace/asexual flag
– Non-binary flag
– Genderqueer flag
– Bisexual flag
– Pansexual flag
LGBTQ+ Inclusion training for teachers
In partnership with YSHAG and LGBTQ+ youth in the region who shared their experiences through an anonymous survey, we created this WRDSB training which we facilitated for elementary and secondary school teachers in partnership with the Waterloo Region District School Board.
Contact Erin McLaren at email@example.com or 519-570-3687 ext. 302 for more information.