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.
The Holistic Model of Sexuality depicts the internal and external forces at work in and around our personal identity. Human identity is a wonderful and complex phenomenon, partly distinguished through the complex and continuous interactions that occur 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 is why the fingerprint is a perfect emblem of personal ‘identity’. The Holistic Model of Sexuality is designed to capture the process in which these environments are negotiated, and allows for a critical examination of the factors that influence our personal identity. The Holistic Model of Sexuality informs the Youth Wellbeing Project IQ PROGRAMS.
The people who make things happen
Our team really cares
Liz Walker is a pornography educator and sexuality wellbeing advocate. An exceptional communicator and passionate advocate for children and young people, Liz holds three separate yet complementary roles. Director of Health Education at Culture Reframed: the global lead in solving the public health crisis of the digital age; Deputy Chair of the Australian registered health promotion charity eChildhood: dedicated to mobilising responses that reduce the harmful effects of pornography on children and young people; and Managing Director of Youth Wellbeing Project: providing holistic relationships & sexuality education to prevent sexual harms, enhance children and young people’s relationships, and build resilience to porn culture. Well connected internationally, Liz regularly provides consultancy to government, non-profit, and professional organisations. Learn more about Liz and the work she is involved in on her personal website: https://www.lizwalkerpresents.com/
Megan Williamson is a powerful and passionate teacher, trainer and youth wellbeing advocate. With 10 years of teaching and youth work experience, Megan is available to educate, equip and empower parents, leaders, teachers and young people on how to respond proactively and preventatively to the evolving demands of the digital age. 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 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.
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.
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.
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