A pilot program gave many Island students a good introduction to healthy relationships.
It’s All About Youth, which was presented to Grade 7 students over the past four years, covered topics like communication and characteristics associated with healthy, unhealthy and abusive relationships.
The program was funded by the Canadian Women’s Foundation and done in partnership with Women’s Network P.E.I. and Family Violence Prevention Services (FVPS).
Michelle Buttery, children’s services coordinator with FVPS, delivered the program along with Jaime Griffin.
She says the program resonated with the students.
“What the kids really seem to like is that it is a difficult topic but it is talked about in a really easy – not formal – way,’’ says Buttery.
“We had some really awesome feedback.’’
Glen Ryan Hood, 12, of Birchwood Intermediate in Charlottetown, says the program offered him “great advice’’ about how to act in a relationship.
He adds it is important to know what makes a healthy relationship.