PBSC Calgary students are proud to be supporting the Yes Means Yes Project. Yes Means Yes is based on materials created by the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), and is organized through the Calgary Chapter of LEAF. This project is focused on providing high-school aged students with a comprehensive understanding of consent and other legal issues of consent that come up in relationships. Aimed at students in grades 9-12, the workshops are designed to help these students understand their rights and responsibilities as they begin to navigate the wider world of adulthood, particularly with respect to their relationships with others. By focusing on consent education and issues of violence in intimate relationships, PBSC volunteers are delivering an updated sex education that is relevant and reflects issues that today’s teenagers experience.
LEAF estimates that this material has reached over 10,000 youth across the country since the inception of the Yes Means Yes project. This fall PBSC volunteers have delivered four workshops to students in the Calgary area, with another four workshops planned for next semester.
“So far, I have been surprised with how receptive the high school students have been,” says PBSC volunteer Dave Rennie. “The project is great because it allows for flexibility in your instruction. We have utilized everything from real cases as ‘scenarios’ (we have yet to use JA) to Justin Bieber’s song ‘What do You Mean’ in our presentations.”