General Mandate

The Hypersexualization program aims to educate local youth, girls and boys, about hypersexualization, exploitation and sexual abuse & violence. This project has been made possible by the joint efforts of Prevention CDN-NDG and the Table de Concertation Jeunesse Côte-des-Neiges.

By providing youth with the tools to reflect critically and analytically about their social environment, the Hypersexualization program hopes to reduce the chances of the community’s at risk youth of joining street gangs. The program hopes to contribute towards breaking cyclical poverty by helping at-risk youth. In addition, the project aims to identify and help young girls who are sexually exploited or at risk of sexual exploitation to guide them to the appropriate resources. Thus, in a broader perspective, the Hypersexualization project aims to provide support for youth involved in gangs or prostitution, who are seeking a means to change their situation.

The project employs two strategies to meet it’s goals: prevention workshops and outreach.

Mandate of the hypersexualization outreach field worker

The mandate of the outreach field worker aims at hypersexualization and sexual exploitation prevention.

In creating meaningful bonds with the teenage girls of Côte-des-Neiges (aged 12 to 17), the outreach field worker promotes options and alternatives to hypersexualization in an attempt to rally and engage the girls in school, social, economic, community and political activities amongst others. To attain these goals, the outreach field worker facilitates access to existing borough resources whilst participating in new activity and resource creation in order to better serve the young girls.

Mandate of hypersexualization project manager

The mandate of hypersexualization project manager consists of creating and animating workshops in an effort to make CDN-NDG youth (boys and girls between the ages of 12 to 17) aware of the subjects of hypersexualization and sexual exploitation prevention.

The first objective is raise a broad awareness on these subjects. The workshops invite the youth to reflect and interact, while developing their critical thinking skills and self-esteem. These workshops will give them the tools to cope with challenging situations, such as joining street gangs, exploitation and sexual violence.

These workshops are mainly offered in the school environment. The main clientele is secondary students as well as those transitioning from grade 6 into high-school.