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Our Approach

Our workshops aim to create brave spaces for conversations around complex issues in a polarized and rapidly changing world. We aim to highlight connections between different issues rather than present things like poverty, climate change, health care and more as stand-alone issues that exist in a vacuum. We support young people to make their own links between the issues through their own lived experience – starting with a question as basic as “What did you eat for breakfast,” youth are able to connect workers’ rights, branding, migration, food safety, climate change, gender equity and more. Seeing interconnections help us to explore systems and structures that underlie injustices, and to understand the root causes of the issues so that we can start addressing them.

All workshops

  • Are researched, designed, and facilitated by youth staff and volunteers in partnership with various schools and community organizations – education for youth, by youth
  • Fit into various areas of B.C. school curriculum and are enhanced to meet the needs and interests of young people around British Columbia
  • Are adaptable to the needs of your group and can take place in as little as a high school block (1 h 15 mins), or during a full day
  • Include interactive activities, multimedia, group discussion, and action planning
  • Are based on the principles of popular education

Popular Education

  • Builds on the theory and practices of educators around the world – including the Dalai Lama!
  • Strengthens community and empowers participants to build awareness and trust as they share knowledge and generate ideas
  • Draws on the experiences of participants to create powerful learning opportunities that introduce new information to the discussion, and move towards making change
  • Challenges power and hierarchy in traditional learning spaces

Our Facilitators

  • Are youth with diverse backgrounds and experience
  • Have been trained to facilitate dialogue around social and environmental justice issues and understand the principles underlying peer-led, popular education
  • Receive regular support and resources from trained CYH staff
  • Offer a wealth of experiences as youth leaders in their communities

Workshop Rates

The full cost of a standard 90-minute Check Your Head workshop is $250. The full cost of a custom workshop is $300. We actively fundraise throughout the year to make our workshops accessible to community groups and public schools with limited budgets. Our recommended sliding scale / pay-what-you-can fees are as follows:

  • $0-50 Grassroots and community groups, small non-profit organizations
  • $50-100 Medium-sized non-profits, youth programs, inner city/alternative schools
  • $100-150 Public schools
  • $200-250 Private schools, large non-profits and programs
Check Your Head's work takes place on the stolen homelands of xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples. We are committed to being in solidarity with Indigenous Sovereignties on their own terms.