Hanna was originally chosen by the Centre for Sexuality to be a pilot site in the provincial scaling of the WiseGuyz Program for the 2018-2019 school year. After four successful years, Lynks is pleased to be offering the program again to males 13 - 15 years of age in our community. WiseGuyz provides important healthy relationship education based on an evidence-informed, research supported curriculum. The program runs once a week after school from October 2022 to May 2023. In this voluntarily program, participants will learn about and reflect on:

  • Physical health, hygiene and anatomy
  • Pregnancy and STI prevention
  • Healthy relationships and decision making
  • Peer bonding
  • Conflict resolution and communication
  • Emotions and stress management
  • Gender and sexual diversity
  • Media literacy
  • Human rights and personal values
  • Community resources and supports

Through research collected from multiple WiseGuyz programs, the Centre for Sexuality has learned:

  • WiseGuyz graduates expressed that they are better able to engage in healthy relationships and feel more comfortable making social connections and coping with negative emotions.
  • Wiseguyz participants demonstrated significant improvements in homophobic attitudes, social expectations around what it means to be a guy, and attitudes about their own sexual health knowledge and abilities.
  • Recent data suggests the program improves mental health and friendship quality.

If you have any further questions regarding the WiseGuyz program, please contact Doray Veno.

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