We have been delivering the Relationship and Sexual Health Education (RSE) program in schools since 1975. RSE follows best practices guidelines and established frameworks for sexual health, relationship, and violence prevention education and is linked to the Alberta Learning Curriculum outcomes. We offer youth the opportunity to build their knowledge, skills, and motivation to make informed, healthy choices about their bodies, relationships, and sexuality.
This program is offered in partnership with schools and community-based organizations that work with youth aged 12-29.
Why Choose Us?
We are the only organization in Calgary that provides truly comprehensive relationship and sexual health education in junior and senior high schools. We’re proud to provide an evidence-based program that’s not grounded in shame or judgement.
Youth who feel ashamed of their bodies or shameful about sexuality are less likely to protect themselves from STIs and unplanned pregnancies. Research shows that the outcomes from comprehensive sexuality education are better than abstinence-based programs – meaning youth are less likely to have sex and are more likely to delay their first time and use protection when they do choose to have a sexual relationship (Kirby, 2007). We equip youth to have conversations with their partners and make responsible, informed decisions for themselves based on their own values.
We are professionals, not volunteers.
All of our sexuality educators are full-time staff at Centre for Sexuality with a passion for their work. Many of them are registered social workers or have backgrounds in health, sciences, or education, and undergo intensive long-term training in order to work in classrooms.
We talk about consent.
We think it’s critical that all youth fully understand what consent means. They need to know at what age someone can consent, whether someone can give consent under the influence of drugs and alcohol and that someone can consent and then change their mind. It’s also essential they have resources if someone has experienced sexual violence.
We talk about healthy relationships.
We understand that teen dating violence is on the rise in Canada, and are committed to offering a program that talks about the warning signs of an unhealthy relationship, while also recognizing that youth are free to make choices that are right for them. All of our curriculum ties in conversations about healthy relationships, boundaries and support for youth who need it.
We talk about bullying, homophobia, and diversity.
We think it’s critical to talk about issues like sexism, homophobia, gender roles and sexual diversity. We encourage youth to challenge stereotypes, be aware of the language they use and embrace diversity. We help them understand the true impact of bullying and prejudice. We provide tools and practice on how to be an active bystander when someone is experiencing discrimination or exclusion.
We teach media literacy skills.
Our discussions around gender roles and diversity naturally lead to a critical analysis of media. We help youth sort through and understand the media messages they’re shown every day, and give context to advertising, social media and website messages. We also talk about issues like sexting.
We provide an inclusive, trauma-informed classroom environment.
Our program has an emphasis on diversity and we recognize that youth come from all backgrounds, faiths, cultures and experiences. We deliver content that is current and relevant to youth’s lives and experiences in a non-judgmental way. We encourage youth to discuss and recognize their own values when making decisions.
We recognize the high rate of sexual abuse and assault in our communities.
Our educators are highly trained to deal with sexual assault disclosures that may happen (anonymously and not) throughout the program.
We believe everyone has the right to sexual health information.
We offer an adapted program for PLP, ACCESS and ELL classes.
Relationship and Sexual Health Education Programs and Objectives
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Are their outcomes linked to Alberta Learning?
Will they openly share their curriculum?
Is the curriculum evidence-based?
Where does the organization’s funding come from?
What is the background or education of the educator? Are they volunteers?
Does the program emphasize respect for diversity and encourage acceptance of people of various races, cultures, abilities, gender identities and sexual orientations?
Does the program talk about consent? Do they talk about bullying?
Do they offer a specific program for PLP, ACCESS or ELL classes?
School-based booking requests
Community-based booking requests
Our community-based Relationship and Sexual Health Education Program is available for organizations that work with youth aged 12-29. These programs are adapted to the learning needs of your group based on the learning objectives listed above. We also have custom programs for newcomers to Canada, people with disabilities, people who have experienced addiction, and people who have experienced trauma.
To learn more, or request a booking for a community-based organizations, please contact email@example.com.
Costs and Fees
Centre for Sexuality is a non-profit organization. We deliver the RSE program free of cost to public schools organizations in Calgary and area. However, many schools and organizations provide an honorarium to help cover our costs and continue the development of the RSE program.
We thank you for your generosity! For information on program delivery fees in private schools, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
Expanding the RSE Program
Thanks to generous funding from the Government of Canada’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Fund, Centre for Sexuality is expanding the reach of our RSE program to help even more youth get the skills and tools they need to make healthy decisions.
- We are developing an online version of the RSE program for use in rural communities.
- We are developing an adjusted version of the program for people with developmental disabilities.
- In partnership with Alberta First Nations communities, we are developing a version of the program just for Indigenous youth.
Learn more about our Community Driven Population and Public Health project.