IQ PROGRAMS

IQ PROGRAMS are an initiative of Youth Wellbeing Project, an Australian grassroots community organisation with a global vision to positively impact youth sexuality and wellbeing. We provide insight into navigating life, healthy relationships and sexuality by equipping young people with essential knowledge to make informed life decisions. Through our presentations & programs, and professional development for staff, we help young people make sense of the world’s mixed messages and inspire them to live a life of worth, confidence and purpose.

Liz Walker is the Managing Director of Youth Wellbeing Project. Liz is dedicated to culture-shifting initiatives that respond to pornography harms on children & young people and is involved in a number of key areas influence. Learn more on the Liz Walker Presents website.

7 principles of whole-person centred sexuality education

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Recognises that valuing self and valuing others are essential pillars to building satisfying and equitable relationships.

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Equips young people with accurate information to make proactive and healthy choices that enhance their physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, sexual & relational wellbeing.

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Promotes empathy and relational boundaries which enable young people to communicate respectfully across personal, cultural and social differences.

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Prioritises the prevention of sexual harms by building social and emotional intelligences.

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Positions pornography within an exploitative framework. Critical Porn Analysis allows young people to explore the mechanisms driving the porn industry and its impacts on self, others, relationships and culture.

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Understands that sexuality is influenced by internal and external forces and situated within a much larger complex model of personal identity. Sexuality interacts with the other areas of personal identity such as self-esteem, self-confidence and self-expression.

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Creates awareness that sexual integrity is valuing, developing and expressing sexuality in ways that are non-exploitive, mutually wanted, unifying and life enhancing. Sexual integrity is foundational to meaningful and authentic connection.

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Our vision

Youth Wellbeing Project provides holistic relationships & sexuality education to prevent sexual harms, enhance children and young people’s social and emotional relationships, and fortify youth within a hypersexualised culture.

Youth Wellbeing Project presentations and programs offer a positive and respectful approach to relationships and sexuality that understands the developmental stages of young people. We promote awareness of ethical behaviour, consent, love and respect, each of which form the basis of sexual experiences free of coercion, discrimination and violence. We provide professional and educational direction to guide young people to avoid the onset of risky sexual behaviours that may contribute to emotional, psychological, social and other health risks.

Our Approach 

The Holistic Model of Sexuality depicts the internal and external forces at work in and around our personal identity. Human identity is a wonderful and complex phenomenon, partly distinguished through the complex and continuous interactions that occur between these internal and external environments. No two people are the same, and the effects of these interactions will vary from person to person. This is why the fingerprint is a perfect emblem of personal ‘identity’. The Holistic Model of Sexuality is designed to capture the process in which these environments are negotiated, and allows for a critical examination of the factors that influence our personal identity. The Holistic Model of Sexuality informs the Youth Wellbeing Project IQ PROGRAMS.

The creators of IQ PROGRAMS

Liz Walker

Managing Director

Liz Walker is a pornography educator and sexuality wellbeing advocate. An exceptional communicator and passionate advocate for children and young people, Liz holds three separate yet complementary roles. Director of Health Education at Culture Reframed: the global lead in solving the public health crisis of the digital age; Deputy Chair of the Australian registered health promotion charity eChildhood: dedicated to mobilising responses that reduce the harmful effects of pornography on children and young people; and Managing Director of Youth Wellbeing Project: providing holistic relationships & sexuality education to prevent sexual harms, enhance children and young people’s relationships, and build resilience to porn culture. Well connected internationally, Liz regularly provides consultancy to government, non-profit, and professional organisations. Learn more about Liz and the work she is involved in on her personal website: https://www.lizwalkerpresents.com/

Chanel Loveridge

Curriculum Development and Primary School Specialist

Based in Brisbane, Chanel is available to deliver relationships and puberty education to Primary Schools. Re-joining the team after a lengthy break to continue studies, Chanel worked with Youth Wellbeing Project in the early days of establishment. Now, having worked in the education field for seven years, Chanel returns as an integral team member to develop curriculum for CriticalPornIQ – an educational package that equips Primary & Secondary Schools to implement policies and learning materials for students, and direct staff & parents to further support. Chanel is passionate about training and equipping children with new knowledge. She currently holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations and Cultural Communications studies, and is also undertaking her Masters in Primary School Education.

Megan Williamson

Curriculum Development and Secondary School Specialist

Megan Williamson is a powerful and passionate teacher, trainer and youth wellbeing advocate. With 10 years of teaching and youth work experience, Megan is available to educate, equip and empower parents, leaders, teachers and young people on how to respond proactively and preventatively to the evolving demands of the digital age. Alongside her teaching degree, Megan has also studied counselling, majoring in youth trauma and resilience. Consequently, she is passionate about establishing both preventative and restorative programs and resources in response to the sexual harms and risks young people are presented with through our hypersexualised culture and pornography.

Consultants involved in the creation of IQ PROGRAMS

Jodie Ferguson

PB WEST Protective Behaviours Training

Youth Wellbeing Project is pleased to consult and collaborate with PB WEST to ensure IQ PROGRAMS are underpinned and enhanced by Protective Behaviours. With over 20 years experience in teaching Protective Behaviours in Australia and abroad, PB WEST Educators are committed to providing high quality training at all times. PB West Educators are Protective Behaviours International endorsed. PB West trainers are all members of the Association of Professional Protective Behaviours Practitioners. REAL Protective Behaviours is an empowering life skills program which teaches strategies that will be used throughout your life.

Independent Reviewers of IQ PROGRAMS

With the release of each new unit of content, various consultants are involved in the review process. These include teachers and specialists related to the content. For example, the Umbrella Unit was reviewed by Dr Kerryann Walsh – a Professor in the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education in the Faculty of Education at QUT; and Dr Jacqui Hendriks – Project Manager for the Provision of Sexuality and Relationships Education to Pre-service and In-service Teachers Project (2014-2016); lecturer for various health promotion and sexology units; and Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia (School of Paediatrics & Child Health).