Youth Program

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, and Instagram, 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.

Tip: to print in brochure format, select “print on both sides” and the “flip on short edge” option.

YSHAG (Youth Sexual Health Action Group)

ACCKWA’s Youth Sexual Health Department supports YSHAG, a working group that strives to create safer spaces and foster open dialogue about relationships and sexual health, in particular for 2SLGBTQIAP+ youth in Waterloo Region. We meet weekly on Friday afternoons in-person at 5-1770 King St. E, Kitchener (ACCKWA) and via Discord. YSHAG designs and creates various projects and events (like the zine we made a few summer’s back) with a focus on sexual health, relationships, and identity. For more information, check us out on Twitter, Instagram, or email us at yshag.wr@gmail.com.

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.

2017 ACCKWA Youth Sexual Health Summary Report

Contact us at education@acckwa.com or 519-570-3687 ext. 302 for more information.