Prevention & Education

 

Our Approach to Education & Prevention

 Blood Ties Four Directions Centre uses a harm reduction approach to education and prevention. Meeting individuals where they are at, our goal is to empower them to make safer choices. Through our education programs, we also aim to decrease stigma around HIV, Hepatitis C and sexually transmitted infections.

 Workshops

Blood Ties Four Directions Centre provides workshops and information sessions on HIV, Hepatitis C, Sexual health, and Harm Reduction. The workshops are delivered in a safe and respectful way that encourages sex-positivity and diversity . Our aim is to equip people with knowledge, skills and tools for healthy decision-making for themselves and for their community. In providing a supportive and inclusive learning environment, participants have the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue with their peers. These fun, interactive, and free information sessions can be adapted for different ages, genders, length of times, and groups.

Education in Schools

Blood Ties Four Directions Centre offers free workshops focusing on HIV/AIDS, sexual decision making, correct condom use, and safer sex negotiation. This Yukon Department of Education approved workshop can be used to replace or complement the classroom teacher’s HIV/AIDS lesson(s) with the class.  It can be adjusted and focused on a particular area to fit the teacher’s needs, age of the students, and length of time available (ranging from a 1.5 hour workshop to a full day or series of sessions).

The HIV Prevention workshop uses a harm reduction approach to cover the topics of HIV/AIDS, sexual decision-making, correct condom use and condom negotiation.  Using interactive activities, group work and discussions, the workshop aims to debunk sexual health myths, educate about modes of transmission of HIV, encourage safer sexual choices, teach correct use of condoms, promote and practice setting and communicating boundaries.  The goal of this workshop is to build capacity in sexual decision-making in order to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBI).  Our workshops follow the best practice recommendations for HIV/AIDS and sexual health education, as set by Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) in their Canadian Guidelines for Sexual Health Education.

 

Resources & Condoms

We can provide free educational resources on HIV, Hepatitis C, & Sexual health. We provide free condoms for organizations & businesses.

 

For more information on our education and prevention services, contact:

 

In Whitehorse

Brontë Renwick-Shields

Education Coordinator

867-332-8267

education@bloodties.ca

 

In Rural Communities

Alyssa Carpenter

Partnership Coordinator

867-332-8266

partnership@bloodties.ca