Dating Safe: The Pedagogy of Dating Violence Prevention

This workshop combines a presentation style with interactive demonstrations and open group discussions focused on sharing YWCA's experience delivering the "Dating Safe" program in two secondary schools in Surrey and Vancouver from 2019 - current. The workshop is meant to support teachers' training in regards to understanding the content of dating violence prevention education, or relationship-based education, as well as the methodology behind the content and delivery. We will explain some details from our process of designing, implementing and adapting our modules as the program transitioned from in-person to online during the COVID-19 pandemic. The main learning outcomes include more familiarity and comfort with sensitive topics such as understanding dating violence, consent culture, anti-racism and white supremacy, settler colonialism, LGBTQ2IA+ inclusion, accessibility, safe spaces vs brave spaces, and bystander intervention.

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1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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    Ry Sword Avola

    Ry Sword Avola (they/he) is a non-binary Anglo-Celt and Sicilian settler living on unceded Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh territories. Ry is a facilitator, speaker and organizer that has been supporting social justice, emotional literacy, and SOGI education in schools and communities for the past decade. Ry is currently working with the YWCA to help deliver the ‘Dating Safe’ program for grade 8-10’s, as well as with UBC’s Sexual Assault Support Centre as a co-facilitator of the ‘Men’s Circle’, and with DUDES Club Society as the project coordinator of the ‘NexUp Initiative’. Ry brings with them a BA in Social Justice and Peace Studies and an MA in Globalization and the Human Condition.