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A11 Raising Sexually Healthy Children Parenting Support for Immigrant Families_Anda Li & Yi Man Ng
A11 Raising Sexually Healthy Children Parenting Support for Immigrant Families_Anda Li & Yi Man Ng
A11 Raising Sexually Healthy Children Parenting Support for Immigrant Families_Anda Li & Yi Man Ng
A11 Raising Sexually Healthy Children Parenting Support for Immigrant Families_Anda Li & Yi Man Ng
A11 Raising Sexually Healthy Children Parenting Support for Immigrant Families_Anda Li & Yi Man Ng
A11 Raising Sexually Healthy Children Parenting Support for Immigrant Families_Anda Li & Yi Man Ng
A11 Raising Sexually Healthy Children Parenting Support for Immigrant Families_Anda Li & Yi Man Ng
A11 Raising Sexually Healthy Children Parenting Support for Immigrant Families_Anda Li & Yi Man Ng
A11 Raising Sexually Healthy Children Parenting Support for Immigrant Families_Anda Li & Yi Man Ng
A11 Raising Sexually Healthy Children Parenting Support for Immigrant Families_Anda Li & Yi Man Ng
A11 Raising Sexually Healthy Children Parenting Support for Immigrant Families_Anda Li & Yi Man Ng
A11 Raising Sexually Healthy Children Parenting Support for Immigrant Families_Anda Li & Yi Man Ng
A11 Raising Sexually Healthy Children Parenting Support for Immigrant Families_Anda Li & Yi Man Ng
A11 Raising Sexually Healthy Children Parenting Support for Immigrant Families_Anda Li & Yi Man Ng
A11 Raising Sexually Healthy Children Parenting Support for Immigrant Families_Anda Li & Yi Man Ng
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A11 Raising Sexually Healthy Children Parenting Support for Immigrant Families_Anda Li & Yi Man Ng

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  • 1. Raising Sexually Healthy Children Parenting Support for Immigrant Families Promotion of Healthy Sexuality in Settlement Communities Ethno-specific Family Sex Education Peer Parent Leader Coalition Facilitators: Anda Li, Yiman Ng OCASI Conference April 2009
  • 2. Purpose of this workshop •        To raise awareness of the importance of healthy sexuality within the settlement sector •        To provide resources for immigrants on parenting issues with the focus on healthy sexuality •        To explore a diversity of cultural values on sexuality •       To learn how to build community capacity in dealing with difference of cultural practices in developing better relationships with their children, especially teenagers •        Resources to support immigrant families
  • 3. Rationale • Parents/caregivers and family functioning have seemingly strong influences on children’s development of self-esteem, adoption of gender roles and sexual attitude and values. • The message that children learn in their early years lays the foundation for them to develop as sexually healthy people that benefit them for the rest of their lives. • Research showed that parent-adolescent discussions about sex and condom use are associated with delayed initiation of sexual intercourse and increased condom use at first and subsequent sexual intercourse and encouraged delayed initiation of sexual activities.
  • 4. Goal and Objectives Goal: To improve communication related to sexuality between parents/caregivers and their children Objectives: To assist parents/caregivers to communicate more comfortably & To reinforce the effectively about sexuality & importance of parents/caregivers gender relations through as the primary sexuality educators examining their own values of their own children To provide support for parents/caregivers within their cultural context to address children & teenagers’ sexual issues by learning more effective communication skills
  • 5. What is in the program ? 20 hours of training and practicum: Understanding the How to communicate your sexual growth and values, beliefs and expectations developmental of to your children children Explore the sexuality values of parents/caregivers Verify their believes -- positive gender relationship in the context of their cultural values.
  • 6. Programs Ethnospecific RSHC RSHC Peer Parent Leader Program Training Childcare Workers 2 hours program 20 -25 hours of training to become peer leaders Training for interested Parents and individuals RSHC Workshops One day workshop with Parents 3 sessions workshop
  • 7. History of the Project 1996 2006 2007 Toronto Talk Sex Ontario Trillium Campaign Foundation Ontario 3 years funding Victim Services Secretariat 2004 Community National Crime Grants Community consultation Prevention Fund 2008 Workshop manual updated RSHC Piloted in RSHC 1999 Training African Parent piloted in Manual Communities Workshop Chinese 2009 Manual French Portuguese Gender Equity Ghanaian Spanish project Eritrean Tamil Somali TPH seed grants Vietnamese
  • 8. RSHC – Community participation Chinese Spanish Korean Vietnamese Twi (Ghana) Ethnospecific Portuguese Family Sex Education RSHC African Somali Peer Parent Canadian Tamil Coalition Coalition Tigrinya (Eritrean) Bengali Interested First Communities Francophone Nation African Teen parents Queer
  • 9. What makes the project work ? • Program implemented within the cultural context • Empowerment – a safe and supporting environment to share and to learn • The project became self-sustaining when peer leaders took ownership, developed leadership roles, and formed their own support groups • Last but not least: it answers the concern of parents/caregivers and they FEEL CONFIDENT of their own capacity.
  • 10. Healthy Sexuality “Sexuality" refers to our bodies, our feelings and the perception we have of ourselves because of cultural and social influences. We are all sexual persons and healthy sexuality involves feeling positive about our sexuality. According to the World Health Organization, sexual health has many aspects like being able to enjoy and control sexual and reproductive behaviour, freedom from shame, fear, guilt, and freedom from diseases that interfere with sexual and reproductive function.
  • 11. Human Sexuality Body Mind & Values & Feelings Beliefs Sexuality Gender Relationships
  • 12. Family of Origin Affection Gender role Sexual expression Homosexuality
  • 13. Communication Skill “I” Message Formula“ I FEEL ................. (personal opinion or feelings) WHEN YOU .......... (specify the behaviour, not the person) BECAUSE / I hope ................. (consequences , impact or expectation)
  • 14. How to deal with….. Gender Violence Sexual Expression …masturbation… Sexual Abuse Inappropriate touch
  • 15. Resources Toronto Public Health Website: www.toronto.ca/health/sexualhealth/sh_educator_actual_training_4.htm For language specific manuals and promotion package Email Anda Li: ali1@toronto.ca

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