ACCESS hosting Speak Up for Change Workshop Series on Anti-Bullying and Inclusion


BRAMPTON – Through the Speak Up for Change Blog, ACCESS raises awareness and showcases youth voices on relevant local and global social issues. As an extension of the online blog, ACCESS hosts the Speak Up for Change Workshop Series – free workshops for youth, with discussion centered on various social issues.

This spring, the theme of the workshops revolve around Bullying and Inclusion; issues which have taken centre stage in today’s news, as well as in the minds of many young people, including those at our Youth Making a Difference Conference in February.

The workshops, which cater to youth in high school and post-secondary schools, will take place on Thursday evenings 6:00 – 7:30 pm over 4 weeks beginning April on 18. Youth can attend the entire series of 4 workshops, or individual topics.

Registration for this Workshop Series is available online now.

Tackling the Topics of Bullying and Inclusion

In recent news, stories of bullying and exclusion leading to violence between young people have been on the forefront. Although many youth are aware of what bullying is and have been continuously told about the negative effects of bullying, the problem persists, especially in light of social media and technology which makes it easier for young people to access each other.

ACCESS, through its Speak Up for Change program has brought this issue to the forefront using a series of workshops which aim to educate youth more extensively on the root causes of bullying and discrimination, and gives them the tools to create a better community through acceptance and inclusion.

Each workshop in the series will focus on another topic in connection with the theme of Bullying and Inclusion:

  • April 18 – Bullying Awareness and Prevention: The Bully and the Bystander
  • April 25 – Bullying in Schools: Bullies and Beats
  • May 2 – Cyber Bullying: Trolling, Trickery and Threats
  • May 9 – Diversity and Inclusion: Being a True Rebel

These workshops are an important part of ACCESS' programming, as both an extension of Speak Up for Change Blog and  Youth Making a Difference Conference.

Kerone McWhinney, the Speak Up for Change Workshop Coordinator explains that “through teaching young people to respect and value each other for their differences instead of allowing them to segregate themselves, the community – and in turn, the world – becomes a better place.”

Youth can choose to attend all 4 workshops as a series, or individual topics separately. Registration for these Speak Up for Change Workshops is available online at

Speak Up for Change Workshop Series Spring 2013


ACCESS: Allowing Children a Chance at Education is a youth-run, non-profit organization that facilitates education and empathetic leadership development through initiatives that engage, inspire, and motivate youth to drive positive change, locally and globally. ACCESS envisions the empowerment of generations of leaders through education in order to inspire meaningful development in their own communities.

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