Our on-call facilitation team is available for bookings. We are socially engaged youth trained by professionals to facilitate events, activities and workshops. All of our workshops incorporate ice breakers, energizers, reflection and debriefing.
Relationship and Sexual Health Education Program (RSE)
In partnership with the Canadian Public Health Association and the Centre for Sexuality, BYTE is offering the Relationship and Sexual Health Education (RSE) program to youth in grades 7-12. The RSE program has three core and interconnected areas of focus: 1. sexual and reproductive health promotion and education; 2. healthy and respectful relationship education; and 3. violence prevention and consent skills promotion. By participating in the RSE program, youth will be provided with an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills needed to make healthy and informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health, and to participate in healthy relationships. Ideally this will be a multi-year project where BYTE will be invited back into the community annually to deliver the next RSE program to the same group of youth.
Relationships ”with our family, friends, romantic partners or goldfish” define many aspects of our lives, but learning to navigate them can be a challenge. Through interactive discussions, role-playing, and visual aids, we explore what healthy and unhealthy relationships look like and where they can lead us. We reflect on personal boundaries and encourage youth to build self-esteem through a variety of activities that help prepare participants for challenges in various relationships. We also discuss how to support those in unhealthy relationships and identify community resources that are available to them.
How does the teenage brain differ from the adult brain? What is stress and how does it affect our bodies and minds? What coping mechanisms can young people use to achieve mental wellbeing? Our Healthy Minds workshop answers these questions and aims to help youth achieve both short and long-term mental wellbeing in a positive, non-triggering space. We explore mindfulness, journalling, recognizing and expressing emotions, and building positive support networks to provide participants with tools to develop coping skills, resilience, and positive mental health.
Youth encounter substance use on a regular basis, either directly or indirectly. By asking youth where they stand on certain issues, and by discussing the advantages and disadvantages of substance use, participants are able to evaluate their own perceptions and better understand steps to healthier lifestyles. Using the model of harm reduction and experiential activities, we discuss with participants how to be accountable for their actions and how to stay safe.
Our experiential leadership workshop explores qualities of a good leader, the different challenges leaders might face, and how we can communicate in order to lead effectively. We discover different leadership styles through a series of challenges in which participants take a leadership role to guide the team through the challenge. Through these challenges, we discuss qualities of good leaders and how they might be able to apply these qualities to grow into confident leaders themselves.
Equity & Allyship
What makes us feel oppressed? How do we oppress others? What conscious and unconscious biases do we hold that prevent us from wanting to connect with others that we feel are not like “us”? Based on personal reflection and group activities, this challenging workshop seeks to dissect stereotypes and biases to strengthen our ability to work cooperatively across ethnicities, genders, geographies, and backgrounds. We strive to build trust, respect, and understanding among participants. Our goal is to create a safe(r) and supportive atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable learning about people who are different from them and trying out new ways to express themselves.
Our Digital Citizenship workshop asks youth to think about how they engage with their community when they’re texting, emailing, and using social media or various other forms of digital communication. Rather than focusing on “cyberbullying” and the dangers of online activities, Digital Citizenship acknowledges that young people live in a digital world and asks them how they can leave a positive footprint behind. We give youth the tools to consider what is public and what is private, to determine the line for appropriate and inappropriate activities, and to protect their own privacy. We focus on building empathy to promote appreciation and inclusion amongst peers.
Examining Media Stereotypes
Have you noticed how often the media and pop culture perpetuate stereotypes? In this workshop we discover where stereotypes come from and why media plays such a large role in creating and changing our opinions. Through a large group discussion we allow participants to voice their concern about current media, including TV, movies, music, and print mediums. As a culminating activity we dissect and breakdown current examples of both negative and positive media messaging and discuss the differences of their impact. A final art project will bring together all these ideas to show how we can begin to change perceptions. This workshop is structured to follow Exploring Equality.
If you’re stuggling with consent, imagine that you’re making a cup of tea…We help define consent in this workshop through discussion and engaging activities that push beyond the “no means no” conversation. Youth develop skills to recognize when consent is present and when it is not, and to practice confidently asking for consent,. We encourage youth to reflect on their bodily autonomy and boundaries, as well as recognizing and respecting the needs of others. This workshop aims at normalizing conversations of consent in a fun and interactive way.
From First Job to Dream Job
Finding your first job can be tough. Finding a job that lets you develop your strengths and reach your true potential can sometimes seem impossible. In this workshop, youth begin by reflecting on their personal strengths and how to incorporate these strengths into a working resume. We practice interview skills through role-playing and mock interviews. Finally, we brainstorm jobs that youth know of now, their dream jobs they want to work towards, and how to move from the jobs available to them now towards their dream jobs in the future.
Right to be Heard
Youth have the right to be heard, the right to participate and the right to share opinions. Developing this awareness brings the confidence to share knowledge and become active members in their communities. The workshop focuses on the value of participating and sharing opinions in our communities, exploring places where we can express ourselves and be heard, and potential obstacles.
This is Our Land
We hear about climate change all the time, but what’s really happening to the land around us? In this workshop, we encourage youth to look closely at the land they live on and to connect with community members and knowledge holders to answer this question. We ask youth what the land means to them and how they can watch over it. Youth consider how their own lives and culture are intrinsically linked to the land and how they, in turn, can change their environment for the better or for the worse. We aim to empower youth as stewards and caretakers of their environment, and as important planners in their community’s future.
Youth Empowering Youth
Youth Empowering Youth: Skills for Youth in Mental and Sexual Health is one of BYTE’s newest programs. Piloted in August 2017, with support from the Mental Wellness Strategy’s Innovation Fund, Youth Empowering Youth is a 12 hour intensive workshop for youth aged 13-18 years old in partnership with Blood Ties Four Directions. The two day workshop focuses on how physical, mental, spiritual and emotional wellness are related to our relationships with ourselves and others.
Day One: we concentrate on ourselves – through brainstorming and self-reflection we ask youth to identify how they experience their own wellness and health. We discuss good stress and bad stress, and explore new tools for dealing with life events and building on our self care.
Day Two: we focus on our relationships with others including friends, family, partners and community as well as our relationship to substances. We brainstorm available resources in the community, learn about different types of contraception and create safer party plans. The goal of this two day workshop is to not only look at how all aspects of health are related but also to learn new tools and skills from each other in order to make the best and most informed choices for ourselves.