respectful relationships and personal safety program for grades 7 to 12
ProjectYou! is a prevention program for young people that focuses on students‘ strengths, skills, and knowledge to help them navigate difficult situations and decisions they may be faced with. ProjectYou! is delivered face-to-face as a full-day workshop by Bravehearts’ experienced and qualified training facilitators.
about the program
Delivered face-to-face by Bravehearts’ specialist training facilitators, ProjectYou! addresses current challenges young people are facing, focusing on students’ strengths, skills, and knowledge to help them navigate difficult situations and decisions.
Facilitators create a safe environment where students are encouraged to work collaboratively and apply critical thinking to solve complex issues unique to young people.
Aligned with the National Curriculum, the program is delivered across grades 7 to 12 and is tailored to each age group in acknowledgment of the vast developmental differences that can exist during adolescence. Delivered in one full day or two half-day sessions, students engage in individual and group activities to reinforce key personal safety messages.
Topics covered in ProjectYou!
This topic utilises discussion, activities, and videos to address two is components of emotional intelligence:
- Personal safety where students learn to recognise when they are in an unsafe situation, understand their body signals indicating that they are unsafe, and manage the situation/environment/themselves in order to seek help or leave an unsafe situation.
- Mental health where students learn to recognise when they are experiencing mental health difficulties, understand what mental health difficulties mean for them and the associated emotions and manage their mental health by seeking help.
This module provides students with a better understanding of the prevalence of bullying and how it can negatively impact youth. Students discuss ways they can safely intervene in a bullying situation (face to face and cyberbullying), how they can support each other and the importance of committing to a bully-free environment. They also analyse complex situations from the point of view of the victim, bully, and bystanders to understand escalating circumstances and the impact on everyone involved.
Students explore the risks for young people online and learn how to be safe while using the internet, apps, and games. This section is tailored to be specific to the appropriate age group and the technology they are most frequently using. Students will gain increased awareness around privacy settings, content ownership and how to report cyber issues. This includes information and statistics on online grooming, catfishing and the risks of meeting people online.
Students are educated about the current laws around ‘sexting’ and what to do if an inappropriate image is shared. The key message is ‘what you share will always be there’. Using real-life examples, students will be able to apply their knowledge of the topic to analyse situations and understand the impact that image-based abuse can have. Students will also consider commonality and social trends of sexting through videos, discussion, and activities.
This topic utilises discussion, activities, and videos to increase students understanding of healthy versus unhealthy relationships:
- Recognising toxic relationships: Students discuss the myths and facts around relationships and are provided with tips on how to withdraw from toxic relationships. This will include an analysis of toxic or abusive relationship indicators or ‘red flags’.
- Healthy boundaries: Students enhance their awareness of emotional and physical boundaries (of themselves and others) and discuss techniques on how to communicate boundaries. For senior students, this will involve a discussion on the impact of pornography and realistic expectations of intimate relationships. It will also develop their understanding of sexual behaviours are healthy, problematic or harmful amongst peers.
Students gain an understanding of what legal factors are important to consider when entering a sexual relationship. They will learn what factors may limit the ability to give consent and the importance of considering this. Students will also consider ways that being pressured may impact them, as well as strategise different ways to communicate they are uncomfortable or not interested in the relationship becoming sexual.
The focus of this module is on stress management and self-care. Students also learn how to identify when they need professional help and are provided with a list of support services available to them.
Students are provided with practical skills for responding to friends who may share confidential information and will discuss appropriate ways to value peers’ privacy whilst considering their personal safety as paramount.
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