Youth Wellbeing Project provides holistic relationships & sexuality education to prevent sexual harms, enhance children and young people’s relationships, and build resilience to porn culture.
Seven principles underpin our balanced approach to relationships and sexuality education
- Valuing self and others is foundational to building healthy, equitable relationships.
- Accurate information equips young people to make proactive and healthy choices that enhance physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, sexual and relational wellbeing.
- Promotion of increased empathy, respect for diversity and relationship boundaries enable young people to overcome inequalities.
- Priority on prevention of sexual harms, and building emotional & relational intelligence, strengthens children and young people’s resilience.
- Pornography is driven by an exploitative industry. Providing a critical analysis equips youth to understand how it distorts perceptions of self and others, detrimentally impacts relationships, and contributes to violence in culture.
- Sexuality is a multi-dimensional and central aspect of life-long human development that underpins the thriving of self-esteem, self-confidence and mastery of self-expression.
- Sexual integrity is foundational to meaningful and authentic connection and underpins well-informed decisions in sexual matters now and well into the future.
Resources take a positive and respectful approach to relationships and sexuality by tailoring to the developmental stages of young people; encourage the delay of sexual activity and prevention of sexual harms; offer clear educational direction to avoid early onset of sexual behaviour that may cause additional emotional, psychological, social and health risks; and incorporate awareness of ethical behaviour, consent, love and respect, which form the basis for having sexual experiences free of coercion, discrimination and violence.
What we can help you achieve
A positive and healthy approach to relationships & sexuality education for children, teens, parents, educators and school communities.
Who we serve:
- Primary Schools
- Secondary Schools
- Youth Services
- Wellbeing Agencies
- Community Organisations
- Health Professionals
- Program Packages
- In-class Delivery
- Cohort Presentations
- Parent Workshops
- Professional Development
- Consultancy Services
Our resources extend to:
- Australian State Schools
- Australian Private Schools
- Australian Community Groups
- New Zealand Communities
- Republic of Ireland
- Australian National papers
- The Morning Show
- Weekend Sunrise
- Sydney Morning Herald
- SBS World News
- New Zealand Media
About our Work
Youth Wellbeing Project is a grassroots community organisation with a global vision to positively impact youth sexuality and wellbeing. We provide insight into navigating life, healthy relationships and sexuality by equipping young people with essential knowledge to make informed life decisions.
Through our presentations & programs, and professional development for staff, we help young people make sense of the world’s mixed messages and inspire them to live a life of worth, confidence and purpose.
Our programs and presentations are based on best practice sexuality education and curriculum standards, and grounded in a whole-person centred approach. Sexuality and sexual health is complex and interwoven, and as such, requires a holistic framework.
Using the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) Declaration as a starting point, Liz Walker has developed the Whole-Person Centred Sexuality Education Model to assist students, parents and professionals in identifying the huge range of influences that impact a person’s sexual development and decision-making.
The people who make things happen
Our team really cares
Liz Walker is an accredited sexuality educator, speaker, author, and Director of Health Education at Culture Reframed: the global lead in solving the public health crisis of the digital age. In her role as Managing Director of Youth Wellbeing Project, Liz has a proven track record in developing and delivering school and parent education. Liz is an exceptional communicator and passionate advocate for children and young people, and chairs the Australian registered health promotion charity eChildhood: dedicated to mobilising responses that reduce the harmful effects of pornography on children and young people. Well connected internationally, Liz regularly provides consultancy to government, non-profit and professional organisations. Liz delivers keynotes, student cohort presentations, parent workshops and professional development throughout Australia & New Zealand; and is a regular contributor to media outlets. Initially trained in Community Welfare, Liz furthered her education at Sydney University and specialised in Sexual Health (Master of Health Science). Liz provides strategies to counteract porn culture through a ‘Critical Porn Analysis’ approach. Her work includes the children’s book: Not for Kids! This book is a ‘must have’ for parents and professionals to prepare kids for the inevitable occasion of when they will see explicit imagery.
Tamara is available to support classroom delivery and parent workshops throughout the Sydney region. Tamara is a sexuality educator, speaker, Executive Director of eChildhood, and is currently studying in the field of wholistic sexuality education. Tamara has a proven track record in developing and delivering school and parent education in her role as Sydney Programs Manager of Youth Wellbeing Project. Tamara’s corporate background is in international HR, Project Management, Business Management and Culture and Financial Services. Tamara’s expertise extends to human development, rites of passage, sexuality education, strategic planning, and successfully running her own coaching business for the past 7 years.
Nadine Willis is passionate about protecting our young people from the harms of pornography and helping restore those who have been negatively impacted. Nadine is the newest team member of Youth Wellbeing Project as Canada Programs Manager. Available to educate parents and professionals in British Columbia and surrounding areas, Nadine brings expert knowledge to respond to pornography’s harms on kids and is establishing the IQ programs in schools within the region. Nadine’s fondest love is looking after her beautiful family. In amongst raising 6 children, Nadine is training to be a ‘Partners of Porn Addicts’ Recovery Coach. Nadine has studied pornography for over three years, completed APSATS training, and is working towards Life Coach Certification.
Craig has the essential role of keeping things running behind the scenes. Having previously managed the family business for 16 years, Craig now stands alongside Liz to ensure things function efficiently. Craig is currently enrolled in further education through Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and completing a Business Degree. Craig has experience in business management; has a track record in training, development and administration; and previously worked 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 increased influence addressing the negative impacts of 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 worked in the education field for seven years, Chanel returns as an integral team member to develop curriculum for SafetyIQ – a whole school approach to prevent sexual harms and build young people’s resilience and resistance to exploitation and hypersexualized culture. The educational packages SafetyIQ for children under 12, and PreventionIQ for teens over 12, are an integrated part of the IQ PROGRAMS, which also include holistic relationships & sexuality education. 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 also undertaking her Masters in Primary School Education.
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. As a person who strongly believes in valuing women, pornography defies everything she stands for. It normalizes the objectification of women and hurts relationships in so many ways. 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.
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
What we are saying through digital print about young people’s relationships, sexual health and the impact of porn culture.
17.10.16: The Courier Mail: State schools urged to teach kids about sex
15.08.16: Radio New Zealand: Counteracting porn culture
10.08.16: Newshub New Zealand: Effect of porn on children
09.08.16: Stuff New Zealand: Sexologist: Auckland parents more likely to tackle porn addiction than Wellingtonians
07.08.16: New Zealand Herald: Hooked on porn: Prepare for a tsunami of damaged people
12.07.16: Scoop Independent News: Liz Walked to speak in New Zealand
12.06.16: 96.5FM Family: Talking Life Podcast – Safe Schools Program in QLD
17.04.16: The Sydney Morning Herald: The Lost Boys: Young men who opt for virtual life of pornography and gaming
11.04.16: The Courier Mail: Principals have witnessed children as young as eight accessing pornography
07.03.16: Guilty Pleasure: Not For Kids
07.03.16: News.com.au: Porn turning kids into ‘sexual predators’
13.02.16: Weekend Sunrise: Not for kids! Parents warned about the accessibility of porn
07.02.16: Sydney Morning Herald: The damage pornography did to a six-year-old child
25.01.16: Fresh 92.7: Wavelength – Pornography
27.02.15: Newstalk ZB PODCAST: Liz Walker: Need For Modern Sex Education
21.02.15: Stuff New Zealand – Porn Culture Warning to Parents
20.02.15: The New Zealand Herald – Controversial Sex-Ed Course Pitched
20.02.15: Stuff New Zealand – Call for sex-ed overhaul in NZ
19.02.15: Whakatane Beacon NZ – Explicit New Sex Education Programme Coming to Bay
19.02.15: Scoop Independent News – Explicit New Sex Education Programme for High Schools Coming
06.14: Principals Today: Issue 102, Term 2, 2014 (page 11): Blurred Lines
27.11.13: The Kids Are All Right – Ask an Expert: Does making sex sound wrong or dirty give teens a bad start to their sexual lives?
25.11.13: ABC Radio National PODCAST: Teen Trouble Moves Online
24.11.13: The Kids Are All Right – Ask an Expert: Should you have condoms in your house for your teens?
19.11.13: The Kids Are All Right – Ask an Expert: How can I keep my daughter safe at Schoolies Week?
16.11.13: Newstalk ZB: Hundreds attend rally nationwide after Roastbusters affair
23.07.13: The Kids Are All Right – Teen Sexting and the Law: A parent’s fears
03.03.12: The Telegraph – Many in the iGeneration find the thrill of the chaste
18.10.12: The Kids Are All Right – Teenagers and Sex – are they emotionally ready?
09.07.12: Daily Telegraph – Teens prefer blogs and Google over talking with parents about sex
09.07.12: Courier Mail – Teens seek sex education online
31.05.12: 89.9 Light FM Radio PODCAST – Talking About Sex to Teens – you should be parents!!