Healthy re­la­tion­ships

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ISLAND WEEKEND -

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.

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