Not Just The Tip is a pilot project! Although we hope to include other cities in future phases, the initial run of the project is for a combination of cities where the CCGSD has existing relationships that can ensure the project’s success, as well as cities with demonstrated need.
We are actively looking for funding opportunities to extend Not Just the Tip into other regions and target other specific population needs after Phase 3 of the project ends in March, 2024.
We wouldn’t be able to develop a toolkit for educators who teach sex-ed without input from said educators! Educator engagement at key stages in this project will nform how Not Just the Tip is executed. In Phase I of the project, we’re partnering with Wisdom2Action to conduct Key Informant Interviews with school-based and community-based educators who teach sex-ed, to ask them what their barriers are in teaching sex-ed comprehensively, and what would be helpful for us to include in the toolkit modules. In Phase II, we’ll pilot the resources to teachers and community-based educators and source their feedback on the modules. In Phase III, we’ll upload our resources to a free and public website so teachers across Turtle Island can access the information. In addition, we have several teaching associations and local teachers on our Project Advisory Council, who we will look to for guidance throughout the project and keep teachers’ needs central.
The Not Just the Tip project is being led not only by CCGSD, Wisdom2Action and Dr. Nadine Thornhill, but also two advisory councils. One of these, the Youth Advisory Council, contains six youth, one from each target city of the project, as well as one representative of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN). In recruiting for the council, we prioritized the voices of youth who are part of groups that are disproportionately impacted by incomprehensive sex-ed. This is why the entire council is composed of 2SLGBTQ+ youth. We prioritized the voices of those who are trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming, Black, Indigenous and other People of Colour, as well as disabled youth. We also welcome youth who have lived/worked outside of the target cities but still have connections to it, which allows the inclusion of youth from rural areas.
While we have just recently filled our spots for educators on the Project Advisory Council, there are certainly other ways for educators to get the most use out of our toolkit! Look out for posts in early 2023 for details on where you can attend a toolkit pilot session in your city. This is where you can learn all about the toolkit, how to use it, and gain skills to improve your CSE delivery!
CCGSD will also be funding training events held by community organizations in our five target cities, where folks can also receive training on the toolkit! Look out for notice of these throughout 2023 as well.
And of course, once the toolkit is launched, the best thing you can do as an educator is use it! The toolkit is not only free, but will contain everything you need to get more comfortable and confident teaching CSE in an inclusive way, and what educator doesn’t want that? The second best thing you can do with it is share it with your educator friends and colleagues.