Youth Wellbeing Project is a social enterprise based in Brisbane Australia with a global vision to positively impact youth sexuality and wellbeing.
Youth Wellbeing Project promotes safe & healthy relationships free from tech & sexualised harms through research-based education.
Endorsed as a trusted eSafety provider, we provide student presentations, program curriculum, professional training, parent and community workshops, and resources for schools and families. Our education prevents porn and other sexual harms and enhances children and young people’s online, social and emotional relationships.
Youth Wellbeing Project presentations, programs and resources offer a positive and respectful approach to relationships and sexuality that understands the developmental stages of young people and responds to the researched harms of pornography.
We provide research-based education to guide children and young people to avoid the onset of risky sexual behaviours (online and offline), that may contribute to emotional, psychological, social and other health risks.
7 principles of whole-person centred sexuality education
The holistic model of sexuality
The Holistic Model of Sexuality depicts the internal and external forces at work in and around our identity. Human identity is a beautiful and complex phenomenon, partly distinguished through the complex and continuous interactions between these internal and external environments. No two people are the same, and the effects of these interactions will vary from person to person. This individuation is why the fingerprint is a perfect emblem of personal ‘identity’. The Holistic Model of Sexuality captures the process in which these environments negotiate–allowing for a critical examination of the factors that influence our identity.
The Holistic Model of Sexuality informs Youth Wellbeing Project presentations and IQ PROGRAMS.
Porn & Online Safeguarding Education
Porn & Online Safeguarding Education (POSE) supports children and young people to build critical literacy skills to minimise porn and other online or contact harms, equipping them for wellbeing. This includes age-sensitive information to inform relationships that are safe, respectful, trusting, consenting and equal.
POSE situates porn education within a framework of balancing content around other pivotal areas of accepted child-development and safeguarding education. Youth Wellbeing Project presentations and IQ PROGRAMS work within the Porn & Online Safeguarding Education framework.
Liz Walker is an international authority on porn harms, education and advocacy, dedicated to culture-shifting initiatives that equip children & young people. An exceptional communicator and passionate advocate for children and young people, Liz provides schools and community education as Managing Director of Youth Wellbeing Project: educating for tricky conversations. Initiatives include IQ PROGRAMS, a whole-school educational package designed to equip educators for the task of supporting kids and teens to author their future; and Porn Resilient Kids: equipping families for tricky conversations through children’s books and resources.
Liz is also Co-Chair of Connecting to Protect: a Global Response to Address the Mental Health and Safety Consequences to Children and Young People Accessing Online Pornography. Previous roles include co-founding the Australian registered health promotion charity eChildhood. Key focusses included progressing Age Verification forward in Australia and collaborating to develop a public health approach to mobilise responses that reduce the harms of pornography on children and young people. Additionally, Liz facilitated parent education for four years as Director of Health Education at Culture Reframed: the global lead in solving the public health crisis of the digital age. Well connected internationally, Liz provides consultancy to government, non-profit, and professional organisations; and counteracts porn culture through a ‘Critical Porn Analysis’ educational response.
Based in Brisbane, Megan is available to educate, equip and empower young people, leaders, teachers and parents on how to respond proactively and preventatively to the evolving demands of the digital age. Megan is a powerful and passionate teacher, trainer and youth wellbeing advocate, with over 10 years of teaching and youth work experience. Alongside her teaching degree, Megan has also studied counselling, majoring in youth trauma and resilience. Consequently, she is passionate about establishing both preventative and restorative programs and resources in response to the sexual harms and risks young people are presented with through our hypersexualised culture and pornography.
Based in Brisbane, Chanel is available to deliver relationships and puberty education to Primary Schools. Re-joining the team after a lengthy break to continue studies, Chanel worked with Youth Wellbeing Project in the early days of establishment. Now, having been involved in the education field for almost ten years, Chanel returns as an integral team member to develop curriculum for IQ PROGRAMS – a whole-school educational package designed to equip kids & youth to confidently navigate hypersexualised culture and other 21st century challenges. The educational packages COMPASS IQ for children under 12, and AGENCY IQ for teens over 12, are an integrated part of the IQ PROGRAMS, safeguarding kids and fortifying youth in online and physical environments. Chanel is passionate about training and equipping children with new knowledge. She currently holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations and Cultural Communications studies, and is has completed her Masters in Primary School Education.
Asha is a Canadian educator living in Wellington, New Zealand. She has been teaching primary and intermediate school for the past two years. Prior to her Bachelor in Education, Asha was working as a youth and family counsellor. She worked to help youth who struggled with problematic sexual behaviours and a history of sexual assault. Asha also has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology. During her degree, she took extensive classes on human sexuality. While working as a counsellor, Asha did training on sexually intrusive behaviours. Her passions include sexual health education, raising awareness about the harmful effects of pornography and the study of the human brain. With over a decade of experience working with youth, Asha has dedicated her life to children and teens. Asha is passionate about providing children and youth with skills so that they understand how to be safe in a digital world. Education is the way forward. Knowledge is power.
Naomi is passionate about seeing young people live out healthy relationships. This includes relationships with friends, family and significant others. She is a dynamic and energetic presenter who relates well with all audiences no matter how young or old, experienced in delivering presentations, fitness classes and kinder music. Her unique style encourages interaction and critical reflection even from the younger age groups. When facilitating discussions surrounding the harms of pornography and sexual health, Naomi provides an environment that allows such topics to be explored in a fun, friendly and safe manner. Currently in her final year as a counselling student, Naomi’s main special interest areas include sexuality, spirituality and relationships.
Craig's pivotal role keeps things running behind the scenes. Previously managing a family business for 16 years, Craig now stands alongside Liz to ensure things function efficiently. Craig is enrolled in further education through Queensland University of Technology (QUT), has completed a Business Degree, and is furthering his studies in a Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit. Craig has experience in business management, a track record in training, development and administration, and extensive experience in sales and the financial sector. Craig is an invaluable part of the Youth Wellbeing Project team – analytical, dependable and meticulous. He looks after the family when Liz travels, and is incredibly supportive of her success and global influence addressing the negative impacts of porn.
Rosielle is an essential part of the Youth Wellbeing Project team and works tirelessly behind the scenes with administration, marketing, design and many other essential tasks. Rosielle graduated with a degree in Psychology from De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines. She loves working for Youth Wellbeing Project because she knows her support is helping make a positive difference in the lives of children and young people. Growing up, Rosielle had questions about body image, sexuality and relationships that could’ve been handled better. In working with Youth Wellbeing Project, Rosielle is energized in knowing that her support helps ensure resources are available to young people to help them build a foundation for a healthy sexuality.
Captivated by online porn as a child, Gabe consistently watched high-speed internet porn from the age of 12. Growing up in a time and culture where watching porn was normal, he had no idea that what he thought was pleasurable, fun and “sex-positive” could actually have a negative effect on him. As time went by his ability to become aroused with a real girl decreased, and eventually became dependent on porn and developed porn-induced erectile dysfunction (PIED) at the age of 23.
After recovering from an addiction and porn-induced sexual dysfunction himself, he has spent years studying the science of porn’s effects and now runs RebootNation.org, a free, online community with over 15,000 members, which helps addicts and their partners overcome problems related to porn use. With a passion for assisting others and raising awareness, he started an educational YouTube channel, The Reboot Nation, which has amassed over a million views.
Gabe now speaks at colleges and conferences internationally, and was recently invited to speak to the cadets at West Point, and to Capitol Hill to address members of Congress about porn’s impact on youth. He was featured in a TIME Magazine cover story in 2016, and has shared his story with Rolling Stone, MTV, Chelsea Handler, Katie Couric, and many others. He has written pieces for Huffington Post and Cosmopolitan, and has a paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Dignity.
Melissa Willow has been in primary school education for over twenty years. During this time, she has noticed a concerning increase in the overall use of devices by primary school students. In addition, she has observed an alarming lack of knowledge on the part of parents about the multitude of dangers children face when left unsupervised online. Melissa uses her expertise as a school teacher to critique all programs offered by Youth Wellbeing Project. She is passionate about educating students to use critical thinking when making decisions online.
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In the media
Is Free Porn Destroying our Brains?
School kids today are watching porn like never before. It’s free, it’s instant and it’s having a devastating effect. New Zealand TV3 current affairs program 3D has spoken to porn users and porn addicts, as well as a sex educator Liz Walker, and a top international scientist who say this new type of porn can actually alter our brains.
Excellent documentary for the classroom.
New Zealand TV3 3D – October 5, 2015
The importance of education about pornography
What impact is high-speed internet porn having on young people who grow up using it? What are the potential negative effects? 3D New Zealand investigated this topic. This segment focuses on the importance of education. To see the full documentary Is free pornography destroying our brains?
New Zealand TV3 3D – October 5, 2015