Healthy Humans is a program that has been developed to encourage critical thinking for positive living. It focuses on developing healthy relationships within yourself, your community, and your romantic partnerships all through creative expression for ages 13-19. All genders, all orientations, all humans are welcome to participate.
Ideally this program is delivered over a 6-10 week span, giving time between each module for students to process. Also, this is an artistic applied program meaning that youth will create art/performance/theatre/dance/expression pieces based on a topic that resonated with them during the 10 modules, which could be another 3-4 weeks of creation. After this creation piece, we believe it is important to share this with the community at large through a public performance to start positive conversations between peers, families, partnerships, and community.
Currently, the modules are: Vulnerability, Body Image, Communication & Honesty, Self Pleasure, Abuse, Boundaries & Consent, Gender Politics, Queer Gender & Orientation, Media & Porn Literacy, and Safety in Sexuality.
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In Healthy Humanity,
The first run through of this program has been funded through the Ministry of Justice for a high school in Victoria, BC. My coordinator and I had been hired to develop and execute these goals of the grant:
1) Create an anti-violence program that takes steps towards ending gendered and sexualized violence.
2) Develop community between students, teachers, and parents.
3) Empower youth.
4) Give students skills and tools for developing healthy relationships with themselves, their community, and their romantic partnerships.
5) Share information, resources, and perspectives.
6) Celebrate the human condition through expression, art, and drama.
7) Critique and discuss society and media in our lives.
We had partnered with two classes of Year Long Drama program's to implement this program.
For the month of May 2016, I worked with the students daily to develop new plays (written, directed and performed) by the students. At the end of May, we invited students, classes, teachers, parents, and the community to showcase their pieces to promote connection and dialogue about truly important topics.