Subject: 2017... get ready for increased IQ!

Dear Friend,

2016 has been an amazing year! From Brisbane to Auckland and Wellington, from Adelaide to Melbourne and Perth, organisations and schools have equipped staff to understand the impact of sexualised culture and explored ways to support young people!

In September/October, I travelled to Houston, USA to attend the End Sexual Exploitation Summit and formed connections with leading authorities dealing with the fallout of an industry that exploits people. The trip was integral in preparing myself and Youth Wellbeing Project to bring you the very best education to navigate this space.

Throughout 2016, we released more IQ programs - schools have already implemented them and are reaping the benefits. We delivered much needed training at workshops and conferences, worked hands on in more schools, and brought you the Not for Kids! children's book – all with the same strong focus of equipping children and young people to deal with our complex culture. Plus this year, we also welcomed Tamara Newlands to the team as our Sydney Programs Manager.

In my advocacy role, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner and Department of Communications and the Arts; provide consultancy for the Office of Film & Literature Classification in New Zealand; and was mentioned in Parliament by Federal MP, Luke Howarth.

With so much going on, Youth Wellbeing Project is expanding our team next year and has many ways we can connect with you to provide support. We have so much to share with you in 2017, including more IQ programs and a whole-school approach to equip staff, students and parents to deal with p--- culture. Forgive me for using dashes, but ironically, many school filters block the word.

We look forward to another great year journeying alongside schools. We will be back in the office on January 16, 2017.

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!
Liz Walker and the Youth Wellbeing Project team.

Here are some highlights from 2016 that will help you as you plan for 2017
Understand differences between 'literacy' and 'critical analysis', and why it's important to know which approach your school implements so students have the best chance of healthy relationships. The big takeaway from this Generation Next article: ask more questions.
Gain skills to build resilience in children & young people through awareness, intervention, proactive education and advocacy. Professional videos, comprehensive notes, links to resources, plus other bonuses.

Get equipped in Primary & Secondary Schools with resources that provide holistic relationships & sexuality education to enhance children and young people's protective behaviours, quality of relationships and resilience to hypersexual culture.
Talking with Paul Henry in New Zealand about the importance of being aware of the issue and creating space for open conversations with children and young people. This is a call for a whole community response.

"Great workshop! My awareness and comprehension of the seriousness of impact - not only on our kids but the whole community, has increased hugely. An urgent topic to add to my Health Sessions in my High School."
Community Nurse, CPC Workshop Feedback 

"Students responded really well to the sessions and this was evident with them talking about it amongst themselves in the days following." 
Year 9 Staff, Student Presentation Feedback
We are so excited to present to you the new Youth Wellbeing Project logo! 2017 is perfect timing to let go of the past and embrace the new. Our fresh look compliments the BODY and RELATIONSHIP IQ program logos. The circle symbolises a never-ending continuum of learning about sexuality throughout life, within the context of balanced boundaries. Red remains our core colour, with differing hues representing love, light and passion. Two people connect at the heart and face-to-face: the underpinning of healthy relationships. We hope you love it as much as we do. Stay tuned for our new website, launching early 2017.
Thank you to our clients in 2016!
We're looking forward to continuing the journey with you in 2017.
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