The project “What’s Up What’s Not?!” encompasses youth work on safe relationships. It aims to raise information and awareness and increase the capacity of both young people and experts working with young people on topics like gender-based violence, discrimination, peer-bullying, digital violence, dating violence, the concept of consent, personal boundaries, and safe relationships. Therefore, it aims to minimize the cases of violence through prevention before it takes place and to develop protective-preventive models to protect young people through appropriate methods of intervention when violence does take place. modeller geliştirmeyi hedefliyor.
The scope of “What’s Up What’s Not?!” youth work is as follows:
- Via the Dissemination Program comprising workshops, practice, and supervision phases, we encourage the experts working with young people by supporting their professional capacity-building to notice and prevent peer and dating violence, intervene against them, and do protective-preventive work with youth.
- We aim to increase young people’s awareness on dating violence, the cycle of violence and safe relationships through university seminars entitled “We Are Talking About Safe Relationships”.
- Through our social and digital media content, we produce informative and empowering visuals with a focus on safe relationships for young people and experts working with them. Within this scope, you can listen to our podcast series “Sexual Rights with a Focus on Children and Teenagers” and have a look at the video content and visual materials about the project.
- We aim to increase young people’s access to sound information and awareness about dating violence, safe relationships, consent, and personal boundaries and empower young people through the institutional collaborations we have developed.
“WHAT’S UP WHAT’S NOT?!” FROM PAST TO PRESENT
- We prepared the information brochure “Dating Violence in Relationships Among Youth” for educators.
- In the 2016-2017 academic year, we conducted the pilot study What’s Up What’s Not?! in 7 high schools in Istanbul and reached 3500 young people.
- At the end of the project we carried out in cooperation with the school counseling centers of various high schools in Istanbul in the 2016-2017 academic year, we prepared the brochure titled “Violence is Crossing a Boundary: Research Report on the Perceptions of Gender and Dating Violence of Young People” and the handbook titled “Working on Safe Relationships with Young People: A Practical Handbook for Educators and Counselors” for school counselors, psychological counselors and experts working with young people.
- During the 2017-2018 project period, we organized a 6-day practitioner workshop for 20 high school counselors working in Istanbul. Following the workshop, the counselors carried out more than 500 class activities in 17 high schools within 4 months and reached a total of 5518 young people.
- In 2019, with the support of EMpower Foundation, we produced content for sexual rights awareness within the scope of the “Sexual Rights are Human Rights” project together with the Young Approaches in Health Association.
- During the 2020-2021 project period, we organized a 4-half-day online “Workshop on Working on Safe Relationships with Youth and Capacity Building” with the municipal staff working at the municipalities in Istanbul, most of whom were mental health workers.
- In 2021, What’s Up What’s Not?! practical modules were adapted to the training modules of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality ISADEM (Istanbul Family Counseling and Training Center) by the municipality staff who participated in the aforementioned workshop.
- In the 2021-2023 project period, we continue to prepare informative articles and interactive quiz content on the tabukamu.com website in order to increase young people’s access to information and awareness about dating violence, the cycle of violence, consent, personal boundaries and safe relationships.