As a result of the current digital age, young people are increasingly active online, and interested in exploring many topics at a young age. “3⁄4 of Canadian parents are concerned about how much time children spend using media, reporting that 36% of their 10 to 13-year-olds spent three hours or more per day using digital devices for reasons unrelated to school work.” – CPS.ca
What is YSpace?
YSpace is a pilot program that will be offered to youth at three HRM elementary schools in the 2019-2020 academic year. YSpace follows the same structure as GirlSpace and GuySpace, in that it is a youth-led cyberviolence prevention program. The difference is that the material is adapted to be age appropriate for grades five (5) and six (6), and is delivered to all genders together. The program aims to increase participants awareness of cyberviolence and cyberbullying, while also encouraging leadership, building self-esteem, and fostering a safe and inclusive space where participants can be themselves and discuss issues that are important to them.
YSpace offers weekly interactive workshops on cyberviolence and violence prevention, as well as an array of current issues that impact youth. The diverse curriculum may include body image, bullying and harassment, digital and online safety, multi-cultural awareness, healthy relationships, mental health, self-esteem, and much more.
Girls, boys, and gender non-conforming youth in grades five (5) and six (6) at participating locations in Halifax Regional Municipality are eligible for this program.
How to Get Involved
YSpace takes place once per week during lunch hour at participating schools. Programming begins in October and runs through the entire school year, and participants are welcome to join at any point throughout the year.
For further information please contact the Youth Programs Team at firstname.lastname@example.org