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Innovative  arts-based sexuality education program 

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Our Program

An innovative youth-driven classroom program with an app that propels art and digital media to educate youth on how to build healthy relationships online and off.
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App

portraitX is an application designed for iPads that delivers essential content developed for/by youth and supports the Sexual Health Education curriculum. Our app features 6 interactive workshops, a safe chat space, robust resources, unique collaborative creation tools, and much more!

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Impact

portraitX has reached 1,740+ students and counting. Our program effectively teaches youth the skills that build healthy relationships. Our innovative intervention harness the power of digital art to empower youth and supports school communities in a culture shift towards healthier ways of connecting.

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Research

Today’s youth communicate with technology at their

fingertips. This experience is integral to how they build relationships - healthy or not. Our participatory research found out what youth need to prevent relational violence both online and in person. Take a look at a brief report here

Educating young Canadians about how to identify unhealthy relationships and ways to prevent dating violence is at the core of the Government of Canada’s efforts to promote gender equality and to end gender-based violence. I am proud to announce our Government’s support for this project, which is developing new ways to #InnovateforChange and to reach youth in a manner that will resonate with them and reflect their experiences and identities.

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health Canada, 2019
Why portraitX?

NOW is the time for a youth-driven program designed specifically to shift the statistics on youth dating violence. 

In Canada, youth dating violence is a public health problem, with one in three youth reporting an experience of relational violence. Statistics show that youth today are experiencing violence at alarming rates both online and in person and the impacts are real and long-lasting.

In response, portraitX:

  • Educates youth about various aspects of dating, relationships and sexual violence. portraitX curriculum addresses the essential themes of sexuality, gender, and relationships in up to six workshops that support the requirements for sexual education in high schools.

  • Equips youth with the skills to be critical of discrimination and gender stereotypes in their lives. portraitX is an innovative youth-driven classroom program with an app that propels art and digital media to educate students on how to build healthy relationships online and off. Designed and built by youth for youth, portraitX reaches students in a manner that will resonate with them and reflect their diverse experiences and identities.

  • Effects positive change through collaborative art and media-making. Our unique program is arts-based and digitally fuelled. We use art and digital media to disrupt gender-based stereotypes and attitudes that can lead to violence, while teaching adolescents how to navigate the emotions that arise within relationships. 

Why
What
What is portraitX? 
portraitX is a modern sexual health education program that propels art & digital media to educate students on how to build healthy relationships

Our team delivers up to 6 workshops through our custom app and iPads with inclusive educational content and digital media to disrupt stereotypes and discriminatory attitudes that can lead to violence.

Our program supports youth in grades 6-12 to guide them through activities, group discussions, and collaborative media makingWith a trauma-informed lens, we teach students the facts about sexuality and the essential skills necessary to navigate relationships online and off.

What will students learn?

The portraitX curriculum supports the sexuality education curriculum in high schools.

Take a closer look at our learning objectives by clicking on the Workshop Covers below or download our Program Brief

Him by Kim Dorland, 2013, Oil, acrylic, spray paint on jute over wood panel

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Healthy
Relationships 101

Night Bloomer by Kris Knight, 2014, Oil on canvas

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Dating Scripts

Girl with Blue Bow by Janet Werner, 2019, Oil on canvas

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Gender
Stereotypes

Untitled by Rojin Shafiei, 2015, Photography

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Consent

Crystal System by David Altmejd, 2019, Scultpure

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(Me)mes and
Digital Media

Ornament & Correction by Winnie Truong, 2009, Soft pastels and colored pencils on paper

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Be the Change

Delivery
Turnkey portraitX workshop packages

We can come to you! Our team travels to schools across Montréal.

Our turnkey program is classroom based and comes with two trauma-informed trained moderators to deliver our workshops directly in your school. Our leave behind is a youth sourced artwork in large print and/or digital format. Currently, our team delivers portraitX to schools across the Island of Montréal. 

*If you are outside of this sector, please contact us

Here are a few of our portraitX Workshop Package Options:

  1. Package A - pX Full Package

  2. Package B - pX Healthy Relationships & Consent Package

  3. Package C - pX Identity, Gender and Social Norms Package

  4. Package D - pX Healthy Relationships 101 Package (recommended for grade 6 to secondary 2)

  5. Package E - pX Training Package (recommended for faculty & staff)

Contact us to discuss!