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Peer-led education program:

 

affirmative consent, sexual rights, pleasure and

sexual violence prevention

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   Zine submissions open!  
  Theme: CONSENT  

About Taking ACtion.

Taking ACtion is a peer-led education and community engagement project that focuses on affirmative consent, sexual rights, pleasure and sexual violence prevention. 

​Being involved in the Taking ACtion project means you’ll be a part of the necessary steps towards ending sexual violence. You will be part of the changing landscape of sex, pleasure and consent education in Victoria. 

There are different ways to get involved with the project. More opportunities to get involved will be available in 2024. We can't wait to share these with you in the coming months!

Are you a young person aged 15 - 25 who lives, works, plays or studies in the Hume area?

Read more about joining our Youth Action Group (YAG)

Do you work with young people in the north metro region?

Read more about booking peer-educator workshops

Curious and want some more information, our team would love to hear from you

Call for contributors.

We're making a zine and we want your contributions!

Theme: CONSENT

What does consent mean to you?

What does affirmative consent mean to you?

We invite you to submit any form of creative contribution that can be printed in our A5 colour zine. 

  • Poetry 

  • Short story

  • Drawing

  • Comics

  • Photography 

  • Painting 

  • Sculpture

  • Collage

You can submit an image of creative pieces like sculptures and paintings

Need some inspiration?

We asked our Youth Action Group for their ideas to get you thinking about CONSENT...

Everyone deserves pleasurable, fun and consensual sexual experiences. 

Having boundaries is ok. 

Your voice is valid and deserves to be heard. 

Care for your own and your partners pleasure. 

Exploring sexuality outside gender roles. 

Affirmative consent is about affirming consent and everyone having the responsibility to check in with their partners rather than just interpreting. 

Sexual assault can look like many things.

How to make a submission

The full terms and conditions for submissions are available here

When you are ready to submit your CONSENT creative submission, please complete the form below and email your submission to megan.e@whin.org.au

Submissions close 11:59pm AEST Sunday 26 May

Please label your submission with your name and the tile of the artwork. 

 

Image submissions should be emailed as an attachment in JPEG format at 300 DPI to ensure high quality printing. 

Written submissions should be emailed as an attachment in a word document. Written submissions have a maximum length of 500 words.

If you have any questions or want some more information please get in touch

Key details.

Who can submit a contribution?

We welcome submissions from young people aged 15 - 25 years old who live, work, volunteer, play or have some connection to the north metro region (this included the Local Government Areas of Hume, Merri-Bek, Yarra, Darebin, Nillumbik and Whittlesea.

Do I get something if my piece is selected for the zine?

Yes! Submissions that are selected in the final publication will receive some remuneration in the form of a gift voucher. The amount of the voucher will depend on the number of submissions that are included in the final publication. 

Can I make more than one submission?

Yes! There is a maximum of four (4) submissions per person. 

What will you do with my submission if it is selected for the zine?

The pieces selected for the zine will be publicly published in print and digital formats as part of the zine. They may also be used for promotional materials and social media. We will always credit the contributor in the way they want when using their artwork. If you want to have a chat about the ways we might publish and share the pieces, please get in touch.

Does submitting a piece mean it will be included in the final zine?

Submitting a contribution does not automatically mean that the piece will be included in the final zine publication. The YAG will be selecting the pieces to be included in the final zine. We will select as many pieces as possible. 

About the Youth Action Group.

The Taking ACtion Youth Action Group (YAG) is a group of young people who play a key role in educating and engaging their peers in conversations about affirmative consent, respectful and positive sexual experiences and sexual violence prevention. 

YAG participants have received expert delivered, age-appropriate training in topics related to sexual health, sexual violence prevention and peer education skills, for example sexual and reproductive rights, affirmative consent, responding to disclosures and influencing peers. The YAG training is delivered by qualified and experienced staff from Women's Health in the North, Banksia Gardens Community Services and expert organisations like Kids First and Northern Community Legal Centre.

There are many exciting opportunities for people with different skill sets and experiences. YAG members will develop personal and professional skills and knowledge that can support them now and into the future.

Although, we LOVE upskilling and advocacy, joining the YAG is also an opportunity to make new connections and friendships with others who share the same passion for consent and sexual health advocacy. 

Who are the YAG?

Young people aged 15-25 who live, work, play, study or volunteer in the Hume area.

What do the YAG do?

The YAG will have the opportunity to:

  • Co-design affirmative consent workshops for other young people aged 15 -25 years

  • Co-facilitate affirmative consent workshops in community settings like youth services and sporting clubs

  • Develop a multimedia project that promotes affirmative consent

  • Plan a youth forum event as part of Sexual Health Week 2024

We appreciate the time and commitment of YAG members. YAG members will receive a $150 gift voucher every 3 months to recognise their participation.

 

What are the benefits for YAG members? 

There are lots of benefits for YAG participants, other young people and the wider community including:

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of sexual rights, sexual health and affirmative consent. 

  • Learn how to better talk to your peers about sexual rights, pleasure, consent and preventing sexual violence.

  • Have opportunities to develop skills and confidence in designing and coordinating a project, facilitation and peer-education.

  • Take a leadership role and be a changemaker in the local community.

  • Meet like minded people and be part of the changing landscape of affirmative consent education in Victoria. 

  • Contribute to a pilot project that will be evaluated and inform future planning and programs in Victoria.

Expressions of interest to join the YAG are now closed

Although expressions of interest to join the YAG are currently closed, we are always excited to hear from people who are interested in getting involved. 

If you are interested in joining the YAG please send us an email or give us a call on 9309 8531.

We would love to hear from you and have a chat.

Workshops.

The YAG have designed three inclusive, engaging, interactive affirmative consent workshops for young people aged 15 - 25 years. 

There are two options available for booking:

Series of 2 x 90min workshops

1 x stand alone 2-hour workshop

 

The series of two is the preferred option to maximise impact and understanding.

The workshops are designed to be delivered in person. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss online delivery.

Affirmative Consent 101
90 minutes

The first workshop in the series focuses on building an understanding of affirmative consent.

 

Activities and discussion focus on the key concepts of consent and affirmative consent, situations when consent is not possible, affirmative consent legislation and affirmative consent in practice (scenarios).

At the end of the workshop participants will have:

  • Increased awareness and understanding of affirmative consent including the legislative changes. 

  • Increased understanding of the importance of affirmative consent. 

  • Increased comfort when talking about affirmative consent. 

  • Increased understanding of ways to put affirmative consent into action.

Affirmative Consent 101 +
120 minutes

The stand-alone workshop is the Affirmative Consent 101 workshop plus an additional activity from the Communication + Consent workshop. The additional activity focuses on communicating consent and boundaries with respect and safety and caring for self and partner.

Communication + Consent
90 minutes

The second workshop in the series builds on the foundation set in the first workshop.

 

Activities and discussions focus on exploring what sex is and the importance of consent for all sexual activity, sexual rights, and communicating consent and boundaries with respect and safety. 

At the end of the workshop participants will have:

  • Increased understanding of ways to put affirmative consent into action.

  • Increased understanding of ways to respectfully respond when someone communicates a sexual boundary.

  • Increased understanding of how actions can impact others including how they can make other people feel. 

  • Increased confidence and skills to communicate consent and boundaries.

Bookings now available

FREE affirmative consent workshops designed and delivered by YAG peer-educators

Learn more about affirmative consent, sexual rights, safety, respect and communication

How to book

Please complete the booking request form and email the completed form to tash.g@banksiagardens.org.au

 

Alternatively, please get in touch to have a chat

About the workshops.

How many participants can attend a workshop?

The workshops are designed for groups of around 10 – 15 participants, however smaller or larger groups are possible.

Where can the workshops be delivered?

The priority area for delivery is Hume, however workshops can be delivered throughout the wider north metro region.

Workshops can be delivered at the venue where groups usually meet or we may be able to provide a venue if needed.

Who facilitates the workshops?

The workshops are facilitated by at least two Taking ACtion YAG peer educators. Peer educators are always supported by Taking ACtion project staff, with project staff present at all workshops.

Who are the workshops for?

Groups of young people aged 15-25 years in community settings in the north metro region. The workshops are designed to be delivered to existing groups in youth and community settings, for example youth services, sporting clubs, community groups, tertiary education settings.

The workshops intended to complement the respectful relationships curriculum delivery in schools. The workshops are not able to be delivered in schools as part of classroom curriculum delivery. If you work in a school and are interested in the workshops, please get in touch to have a chat about what else may be available.

What is provided as part of the workshop?

All of the workshop materials are supplied. We can also provide snacks or catering if required.

Are you a parent or carer of a young person who is involved in Taking ACtion?

Check out our parent and carer FAQs

YAG FAQs.

Q: What is the Taking ACtion project?

A: The Taking ACtion project is a peer-led initiative aiming to educate young people aged 15 to 25 in the Hume area about affirmative consent, sexual pleasure and the prevention of sexual violence so that everyone in the community knows what it means to be treated with respect.

Q: When is the YAG training?

A: The expert delivered, interactive YAG training will be held during the summer school holidays. It is expected that training will be over 2 full days or 3 half days in late January 2024. The final training details will be confirmed with participants.  

If you are keen to join Taking ACtion but are concerned about the attendance requirements, please reach out to us directly on 9309 8531

Q: Where will the project activities be held?

A: YAG training and meetings will be held at Banksia Gardens Community Services, 71-81 Pearcedale Parade, Broadmeadows.

Q: What if I'm older than 18 or younger than 15?

A: If you're interested in becoming a YAG member but outside the age range we are currently recruiting for, get in touch using the form below or calling us directly on 9309 8531. We'd love to hear from you and have a chat.

Q: How much does it cost to join the YAG?

A: The program is free to join. In fact, as a YAG member you will be compensated for your time and commitment to the program!

Q: What is the Taking ACtion Youth Action Group (YAG)?

A: The Youth Action Group (YAG) for the Taking Action project is a group of young people who will play a key role in educating and engaging their peers in conversations about sexual pleasure, affirmative consent and how to prevent sexual violence through designing and delivering workshops, developing media resources and hosting other events.

Q: What is covered in the YAG training?

The YAG training is delivered by qualified and experienced staff from Women’s Health In the North, Banksia Gardens Community Services and expert organisations like Kids First and Northern Community Legal Centre. 

The age-appropriate YAG training covers topics including:

  • Sexual health and pleasure perspectives

  • Sexual and reproductive rights

  • Boundaries and communication 

  • Affirmative consent

  • Sexual violence and prevention

  • Media literacy

  • Bystander action

  • Responding to disclosures

  • Responding to resistance and backlash 

  • Influencing peers

Q: Am I eligible to join the YAG?

A: YAG membership is open to anyone aged between 15 and 25 years old of any gender, sexuality, ability or background, who is connected to the Hume area. Currently we are seeking applications from people aged 15-18. Spaces are limited!

Q: What if I'm older than 18 or younger than 15?

A: If you're interested in becoming a YAG member but outside the age range we are currently recruiting for, get in touch using the form below or calling us directly on 9309 8531. We'd love to hear from you and have a chat.

Q: What commitment does the YAG involve?

YAG members will be required to participate in the YAG training (more details below). Following this, fortnightly meetings will be held to plan and coordinate the other program activities (workshops, multimedia project and youth forum) and YAG members are expected to attend the majority of these meetings. 

Fortnightly meetings will be held throughout the project. Meetings began in 2023 with our first group of YAG members and will continue until September 2024. We decide as a group if we want to take a break during school holidays. 

Q: What activities will YAG members be involved in?

A: During the program, all YAG members will be trained to confidently lead and safely facilitate workshops that explore sexual rights, respectful and positive sexual experiences and affirmative consent with their peers. YAG members will also have the opportunity to be involved in the development of a multimedia project that promotes affirmative consent in the community, as well as help to organise a youth forum in September 2024.

Q: Can guys join the YAG?

A: Absolutely! Taking ACtion is an inclusive project. We encourage applications from people of all genders, identities, backgrounds and experiences who have an interest in sexual health and consent.

Q: Oh no, YAG applications have closed but I want to be involved. What can I do?

A: We're excited to hear you want to be involved with the Taking ACtion program. Please get in touch using the form below or calling us directly on 9309 8531. We'd love to hear from you and have a chat.

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