A grassroots community organisation based in Brisbane Australia
with a global vision to positively impact youth sexuality and wellbeing.
7 principles of whole-person centred sexuality education
Youth Wellbeing Project provides holistic relationships & sexuality education to prevent sexual harms, enhance children and young people’s social and emotional relationships, and fortify youth within a hypersexualised culture.
Youth Wellbeing Project presentations and programs offer a positive and respectful approach to relationships and sexuality that understands the developmental stages of young people. We promote awareness of ethical behaviour, consent, love and respect, each of which form the basis of sexual experiences free of coercion, discrimination and violence. We provide professional and educational direction to guide young people to avoid the onset of risky sexual behaviours that may contribute to emotional, psychological, social and other health risks.
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
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.
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 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.
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