A Canadian Red Cross program to promote healthy adolescent romantic relationships

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Healthy Youth Relationships (HYR) is a program developed by the Canadian Red Cross to help youth avoid violent relationships by raising awareness, and providing greater clarity and understanding around healthy and unhealthy peer romantic relationships. Topics explored in the HYR program include dispelling stereotypes, building more effective communication and prevention skills, and making healthy relationship choices. In addition, legal definitions and ramifications of emotional abuse, physical assault and sexual assault in Canada are presented, and consent, protection and reporting procedures explained. The lessons are supported by case studies, role-plays, and video clips.

Personnel within schools or organizations that serve children attend a one-day training workshop to become a certified “Prevention Educator” for their organizations. They receive a toolkit, and deliver the HYR program, which includes 18 modules to be delivered over a school year.