The calendar is a celebration recognising 10 years of the Love Bites program being run in local schools.
The one-day program provides a safe space for teenagers to talk about respectful relationships, prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault. The program empowers young people as they develop their own values, and encourages them to challenge gender stereotypes and attitudes towards sex and relationships.
“Love Bites offers a fantastic opportunity to empower young people, and give them a place to talk about issues important to them,” Anna Tonkin, Child, Family and Adolescent Health Clinical Nurse Consultant, said.
“It’s a day that young people can safely discuss what a respectful ‘normal’ relationship looks like, what’s acceptable, what is consent, as well as internet safety and legal issues.”
During the one-day workshop, year 10 students are asked to express what they’ve learnt through artwork and music. The 2018 calendar is a collection of work done by students across Northern Rivers high schools including from Kadina, Lismore, Casino, Kyogle, Woodenbong, Bonalbo, Richmond River and Nimbin.
“For those students that have experienced Domestic Violence it would make you feel that you are not alone in dealing with this. It also brings to light that there are ways to work through it and I learnt that there is a lot of support out there for young people who may be victims,” Kadina High Campus student, Jasmyne Carroll, said.
In Northern NSW, Love Bites is under the auspices of Women Up North Housing (WUNH) and is facilitated by a collaborative team including government and not-for-profit organisations. Staff from the Northern NSW Local Health District (Child and Family Health and Richmond Sexual Assault Service), the NSW Department of Education, WUNH, Educational Beats, Casino Youth Service, Kyogle Youth Action and other groups run the program which was created by the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN).
“We also want to thank the Lismore City Council, Northern Rivers Community Foundation, and Kyogle Quota Club for their generous funding support through providing resources for the students attending the program,” Anna said.
The calendar is for sale through Women Up North Housing by phoning 02 6621 7730 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.