Growth & Development

See ideas and resources below that support growth and development. This topic includes strategies and activities related to body image, diversity, healthy relationships, human development and sexual health, living skills (e.g., self-awareness, communication and social skills, thinking skills), self-efficacy and self-esteem.

Resources for growth and development

Schools receiving targeted services may contact their assigned PHN to book an interactive discussion for students in grades 9-12. Alongside the teacher, the PHN will guide the class with school board-approved visual aids and learning activities. Sessions you can book include:

  • STI Prevention
  • Pregnancy Prevention (HWDSB only)
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Provide opportunities to discuss healthy relationships and self-esteem. Celebrate the similarities and differences that exist within the classroom.
  • Encourage students to become involved in activities that reflect the diversity of the school community such as positive space clubs, diversity clubs or health action teams. Speak to your school administrator and/or PHN for more information.
  • Identify resources and supports and collaborate with students to build an environment that encourages positive self-esteem, body image, self-confidence and healthy sexuality.
  • Create displays or multimedia content that depicts the school's diversity and addresses healthy growth and development topics.

Check these resources:

  • Visit our Sexual Health Clinics for information on sexual health; including access to contraception, pregnancy testing, STI treatment and testing, clinic times and locations, or to take a virtual tour.
  • Visit Draw the Line for resources on violence prevention and consent in several languages.
  • Visit the Ministry of Education website for Elementary and Secondary Health & Physical Education parent resources.
  • It Starts with You, It Stays with Him has violence prevention resources for fathers, family members, coaches and leaders.
  • SIECCAN Sex Information & Education Council of Canada promotes sexual and reproductive health
  • The Aids Network provides information on HIV/AIDS prevention, education and support.
  • Fight the New Drug provides information on the harms of pornography and suggestions on where to get help.