Programs for the
Canadian Red Cross
Take your students on an interactive learning
journey with ready-made workshops
designed by the Canadian Red Cross
specifically for children and youth. From
experiential sessions examining the reality of
RespectED: Violence & Abuse Prevention global issues such as racism and conflict, to
Prevention education to empower school staff,
students and parents to create and maintain safe information designed to help children and
environments free from violence and abuse
youth deal with the fear associated with the
Preparedness education reduces the chance of injury
threat of terrorism, to workshops on life-
and death during emergencies and this knowledge saving first aid skills, you can empower your
will empower students to be prepared, not scared.
students with a wealth of knowledge - and
Humanitarian Issues Promotion (HIP)
Crucial for all people trying to grasp the humanitarian
the tools to do so are right at your fingertips!
issues facing the world today.
First Aid & CPR and Water Safety Programs
We invite you to browse this catalogue,
(Injury Prevention) designed exclusively for Ontario teachers, and
Prevention is a key focus in Red Cross first aid and
water safety programs. view the many programs available through
Red Cross. These programs not only provide
The Red Cross Fast Forty Program guides students in teachers with valuable instructional resources,
choosing an area of interest within the organization
and supports them in completing their volunteer hours. but are also an excellent fit with curriculum
Philanthropy criteria for Ontario students.
A variety of simple and unique fundraising opportunities
are available to schools interested in lending financial For more information on any of these programs,
support to Red Cross programs in Canada and around
please contact your Canadian Red Cross branch
or visit www.redcross.ca
Violence & Abuse Prevention
Programs for the Classroom Learn to create safe school
environments for students. RespectED, the internationally
recognized, award-winning abuse prevention program offers
courses and resources for children, youth and adults in a
variety of delivery options – trainer partnerships, peer-to-peer
youth delivery, in-person and online. Program streams
include preventing child abuse, promoting healthy youth
relationships, preventing bullying and harassment, and
comprehensive risk management.
"The Red Cross program empowers our youth with awareness and strategies for dealing with
abuse issues. It is very effective to have community members work in our classrooms to
emphasize the need for everyone to take responsibility in dealing with abuse. This program
has been an essential element in our grade eight health program for many years. It is an
outstanding program." - Junior High School Counsellor/Teacher
Beyond The Hurt Harassment and Bullying Beyond the Hurt Adult Workshop
Prevention Presentation for Youth • These 5 hour workshops can be delivered in partnership with the youth workshop.
• Explores all aspects of bullying and peer harassment. This two-hour presentation Teachers, volunteers and parents can attend this workshop as part of the overall
helps youth examine: school bullying and harassment prevention program. A detailed resource manual is
• all types of harassment and bullying - personal, sexual and the abuse of power available for participants.
and authority • Also available online, Duration: 4-6 hrs
• interpersonal power issues
• the rights and responsibilities of individuals Healthy Youth Relationships
• intervention and prevention issues, including the law and school policies Youth Workshops
• A video supports the information, and youth leave with a summary of important • Looks at healthy and unhealthy romantic peer relationships, focusing on
points. Posters with positive prevention messaging are provided for the classroom. communication and prevention skills. This two-hour program helps youth identify:
• Delivered by high school youth who are trained peer facilitators. • healthy dating relationships and supporting behaviours
• For students aged 12+, Duration: 2 hrs • indicators of an abusive dating relationship
• anger management techniques
Beyond The Hurt Peer Facilitator Workshop • consent, protection and reporting procedures
• Youth in grade 9 -12 can facilitate the BTH Bullying and Harassment Prevention • where to find support and community resources
presentation (above) once they have successfully completed this two-day workshop. • Trainer partners (teachers, child/youth counsellors) provide the legal definitions and
Participants will develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to deliver the ramifications of physical and sexual assault. Group work and videos support this
presentation to their peers and school community.10 youth and 2 staff advisors can information and identify warning signs such as emotional maltreatment. Youth
participate. Participants are equipped with a detailed resource manual, curriculum leave with a summary of important points and community resource information.
guide and presentation toolkit. • For students aged 13+, Duration: 2 hrs
• For students aged 15 -18 yrs, Duration: 2 days
Healthy Youth Relationships Trainer Partnership
Beyond The Hurt Trainer Partnership • A sustainable approach to delivery of Promoting Healthy Youth
• A sustainable approach to bully and harassment prevention whereby school board Relationships (above)
staff can train BTH Peer Facilitators (above) once they have completed an online • Suitable for phys. ed teachers, child/youth counsellors and other professionals who
course, Duration 4-6 hrs and two-day workshop. work with youth; requires completion of an online course (duration 4-6 hrs) and a
• Resource materials and ongoing mentorship provided. full-day workshop.
• Resource materials and ongoing mentorship provided.
Violence & Abuse
Healthy Youth Relationships Adult Workshop
• These five-hour workshops examine healthy and unhealthy youth romantic
relationships, focusing on dispelling stereotypes and building communication and
abuse prevention skills.
• Also available online (duration 4-6 hrs)
• Personal safety prevention program for children 5-9 yrs
• Combines story telling, puppetry and hands-on activities to give children the
information and skills they need to help protect themselves from sexual abuse
• Contains everything (including training CD) a teacher or other presenter needs to
It's Not Your Fault Trainer Partnership
deliver this comprehensive program, to which Curriculum Services Canada has • A sustainable approach to delivery of It’s Not Your Fault child abuse prevention
provided its Seal of Quality. program for youth (above)
• Only those over the age of 18 can be trained to facilitate this workshop. • Suitable for phys. ed teachers, child/youth counsellors and other professionals who
work with youth once they have completed an online course, Duration 4-6 hrs and full-
It's Not Your Fault Child Abuse Prevention • Resource materials and on going mentorship provided.
Program for Youth
• Explores why abuse and neglect occur and where youth can go for help. This two-hour Prevention in Motion Adult Workshop
program helps youth identify: • These five-hour workshops help school staff, volunteers and parents create safe
• emotional, physical and sexual abuse and neglect environments for students through an increased understanding of abuse, neglect,
• how victims cope their indicators and effects on children and youth.
• why abuse happens • Also available online, Duration 4-6 hrs
• who can provide help
• how to help a friend
Ten Steps to Creating Safe Environments for
• Trainer partners (teachers, child/youth workers) provide workshops that detail
protective legislation, disclosure and reporting procedures, and discuss the United Children and Youth
Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Video presentations and interactive • Establish safe environments for your school through risk assessment,
activities support the delivery of this material, and youth leave with a summary of policy development, codes of conduct, education and support services.
important points and contact numbers. This program has received the Seal of Quality • Available in workshop, Duration 4 hrs, or down load at:
from Curriculum Services Canada. http://www.redcross.ca/article.asp?id=27310&tid=001
• For students aged 12+, Duration: 2 hrs • Trainer partnership offers a more sustainable approach, Duration: full-day.
Instant access to information through the media and
internet means that students of all ages are inundated
daily with images of natural and human-made
disasters. This information can be overwhelming and
frightening for many. When people of any age are
unprepared for an emergency or disaster, their ability to
cope and take care of their families in the face of a
serious incident is severely lessened.
Preparedness education reduces the chance of injury
and death during emergencies and this knowledge will
empower students to be prepared, not scared.
Expect The Unexpected™ Program (3 components)
• The program covers issues including the main kinds of natural disasters that
could strike, how to better prepare for emergency situations, attitudes and
behaviours to adopt during and after emergency situations, and evacuation
procedures at school and at home.
• Program activities are linked to curriculum objectives in all provinces.
• Tools such as certificates, posters and videos are available
• It can happen, be ready (Age: 7-8 yrs)
Students talk about basic unexpected situations that can occur locally.
• Facing the unexpected, be prepared (Age: 10-11 yrs)
Students talk about unexpected situations that can occur locally. This
workbook is slightly more complex and in-depth than the previous one.
• Be ready, be safe (Age: 12-13 yrs)
This workbook touches on even more complex situations on an international scale.
• Recommended by Curriculum Services Canada and the Canadian
• This program is made possible through the generous support of the Weather
Network (media sponsor).
• Free and available online for download
• The goal of these workbooks is to prepare
young people aged 5 to 16 for disasters and equip
them to deal with the aftermath of terrorism and
• The program contains lesson plans, as well as activity sheets, designed to help
students and their families prepare for difficult situations and deal with feelings and
Bug Out! Get the Facts on Germs fears. Topics include managing emotions during tragic events, the media's role in
This free downloadable program helps students aged 6-13 to stay healthy. Participants developing the perception of fact versus opinion and international humanitarian
understand germs, and also learn tips and techniques to avoid their spread. law (laws that govern the conduct of combatants in armed conflict and protect
Materials include: civilians in times of war).
• Facilitator's guide • Workbooks for students aged: 5-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-16 yrs
• Participant's Activity Booklet • Recommended by Curriculum Services Canada and the Canadian
• Family Guide Psychological Association
• The Weather Network is the program's media sponsor
This program was created in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. • Free and available online for download
Visit www.redcross.ca/bugout to learn more or download materials
Humanitarian Issues Promotion (HIP)
Crucial for all people trying to grasp the humanitarian crises
facing the world today, the various workshops offered through
HIP aim to provide students with a realistic understanding of
these issues and their impact. Interactive and engaging
sessions enable students to examine topics such as
landmines, the plight of refugees, racism, the effects of armed
conflict and the basics of international humanitarian law.
"Thank you so much for your informative and visually revealing presentation…The
students have gained a better understanding of the goings-on in other parts of the world
as a result of your presentation."
- Grade 12 Law Teacher
International Humanitarian Law (IHL)
• The objective of this workshop is to teach participants about the basics of international humanitarian
law. Participants will become familiar with the four conventions as well as the basic rules of combat.
Following an introduction to the material, participants will be divided into groups and will use the tools
they just acquired to negotiate false conflict scenarios. At the end of the session participants will come
away with a basic understanding of international law, and its importance in international relations.
• Duration: 1.5 hrs, Group Size: 25+, Age: 14+
Children and War
• This workshop is designed to create awareness and involvement concerning the humanitarian crisis of
how conflicts impact children. Through readings, discussions and visual aids, participants will learn how
children are affected by war and consider the devastating effects of ignoring the basic principles of
common values and International Humanitarian Law. This workshop uses touching images of children in
conflict situations and discusses areas in which children are particularly affected, such as education,
health and the use of child soldiers.
• Duration: 1.5 hrs, Group Size: 20+, Age: 15+
• This workshop involves an active simulation, in which the participants will learn about the harm caused
by landmines as well as the importance of family relations and cooperation. Although there has been
international ban on the use of landmines, millions have been laid in previous conflict situations.
Participants will simulate daily activities that must take place regardless of the presence of landmines.
This activity will help participants understand the effects of indiscriminate targeting of civilians along
with the social, economic and environmental impacts of landmines.
• Duration: 1 hr, Group Size: 25+, Age: 12+
Even Wars Have Limits
• This workshop actively engages participants in recognizing the damage and suffering inflicted on
civilians during armed conflict, including but not limited to the issues of landmines, children and war,
and violations of International Humanitarian Law. Through readings, discussions and visual aids,
participants will be able to identify impact of war on civilians, recognize steps being taken to bring
humanity into the midst of war and some common challenges.
• Duration: 2.5 hrs, Group Size: 20+, Age: 14+
Racism & Diversity
• World History of Racism in Minutes (WHORM)
This workshop, which is in the form of a simulation, consists of a series of interactive presentations used
to portray the historical origins of racist ideas that exist today. The workshop shows how these ideas are
connected to past and present inequalities, power relationships and conflicts. It illustrates that all
cultures have history that has contributed to the development of humankind. The workshop not only
educates participants about racism, but provides them with an overview of ancient and modern history.
• Duration: 2.5 hrs, Group Size: 30+, Age: 14+
Humanitarian Issues Promotion (HIP)
Helping Students Understand Humanitarian
Issues and Concerns
The Humanitarian Issues Promotion network has developed three
exciting workshops for junior high school and high school aged
youth. These workshops aim to help students better understand
humanitarian issues and concerns.
All three workshops were developed, piloted and revised in
consultation with teachers, and the two high school workshops
have been used with great success in classrooms for many years.
They are designed to fit into class schedules and focus on key
humanitarian issues relating to natural disasters, vulnerable
communities, international development and poverty.
Natural Disasters: Exploring the UN-Natural Causes of Vulnerability
• This 75-minute workshow is aimed at high school students as well as older participants. This workshop encourages
participants to examine the social, economic, environmental and political vulnerabilities of communities facing a
disaster. Participants look beyond the consequences of disasters to examine climate change and economic disparity,
as well as exploring the UN Millennium Development Goals, obstacles to both development and preparedness and
our individual responsibility to be prepared, reduce ecological impact and contribute to solutions.
• Duration: 75 minutes, Group Size: 25+, Age: 14+
Development Ups & Downs
• The Canadian Red Cross has created a development workshop consisting of three 50-minute lessons aimed at youth
aged 11-14. Filled with fun, engaging activities, including a board game similar in format to Snakes & Ladders,
participants compare the challenges people face in their communities with those in developing countries.
Participants explore the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN Millennium Development Goals for 2015
aimed at providing a better life for children, their families and their communities and how we can all help achieve
• Duration: 2.5 hrs, Group Size: 20+, Age: 11-14
Breaking the Poverty-Disease Cycle
• Breaking the Poverty- Disease Cycle, a 75-minute Canadian Red Cross workshop aimed at high
school students as well as older participants, examines the UN Millennium Development Goals for
2015 and the obstacles and challenges we face in achieving them. Built around a lively and fun
board game, the workshop aims to increase participants understanding about what the world is
and is not doing in the face of development needs and what Canadians can do to help reverse the
cycle of poverty.
• Duration: 75 minutes, Group Size: 25+, Age: 14+
New! Exploring Humanitarian Law
The Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) Virtual Campus is a web-based resource centre and online community for the
EHL education program. The function of the virtual campus is to help teachers as they introduce the basic principles
of international humanitarian law to students in secondary schools. A wide range of teaching resources is available on
the website, such as learning modules, workshops, training videos and an online discussion forum. Specifically,
Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) Virtual Campus is an ICRC resource centre for educators who want to:
· teach the values underpinning international humanitarian law, such as respect for life and human dignity
· explore with their students the ethical and humanitarian issues that arise during armed conflict
· develop their students' capacity to analyze complex situations
· use high-quality primary source materials (videos, photos, letters, etc.) to help students capture the
feeling of people who lived through difficult situations
First Aid & CPR and
Water Safety Programs
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure - an old
cliché but one that rings true in Red Cross First Aid and Water
Safety programs. Prevention is a key focus in Red Cross first
aid and water safety programs, and this, coupled with the
most current first aid and swimming skills delivered by highly
trained instructors, will provide your students with the ability
to prevent injuries while also knowing how to respond quickly
and effectively when something does go wrong.
Emergency Child Care First Aid & CPR (Level 1) (Certification)
• 8 hour course for those who care for babies and children at home
First Aid Services • Teaches how to keep children safe; basic life-saving skills including CPR; treatment for
choking; deadly bleeding; head and spine injuries; strains, sprains and broken bones; burns,
PeopleSavers (Non-certification) cuts and sprains; first aid for poisons and preventing disease transmission
• Four-level program that teaches safety awareness and first aid skills to • Recommended for 12 years +
elementary-aged children, 5-12 yrs
• Level 1 - 5-6 yrs (1 hr) Standard Child Care First Aid & CPR (Level 2) (Certification)
• Level 2 - 6-8 yrs (2 hrs) • 16 – 20 hour course that includes emergency child care first aid & CPR and how to deal
• Level 3 - 8-10 yrs (3 hrs) with childhood illnesses
• Level 4 - 10-12 yrs (4 hrs) • Recommended for 12 years +
• Recommended by Curriculum Services Canada
Emergency First Aid & CPR (Level 1) (Certification)
Babysitting Course (Non-certification) • Teaches basic life-saving skills including choking; how to recognize and care for deadly
• Helps youth develop leadership and caring skills, focuses on injury bleeding, asthma, anaphylaxis, hyperventilation and preventing disease transmission.
prevention, basic caregiving and first aid skills. • Recommended for 12 years+
• Gives youth the confidence to successfully build their own babysitting • 7-8 hours
business or to care for themselves when home alone.
• Eight-hr course (offered after school, evenings and weekends) Standard First Aid & CPR (Level 2) (Certification)
• Recommended for 11 yrs+ • Teaches emergency first aid & CPR and how to care for head and spine injuries; strains, sprains
• Recommended by Curriculum Services Canada and broken bones; burns, cuts and scrapes; fainting and seizures.
• Recommended for 12 years +
First Aid Workshop (Non-certification) • 14-16 hours
• An introduction to first aid, this workshop teaches simple
first aid techniques and injury prevention. The course CPR (Certification)
content can be customized to meet the needs of different • Level A: 4 hour course that covers Adult CPR; Choking; AED and how to use a barrier
groups of students. device/pocket mask
• 2 - 4 hour workshop • Level B: 5 hour course that covers Adult/Child/Baby CPR: Choking, AED and how to use a
• Recommended for 12 yrs+ barrier device/pocket mask
• Recommended for 12 years +
How to Use an Epinephrine Auto-Injector
Workshop (Non-certification) Babysitting/PeopleSavers Facilitator
• Minimum age requirement of 16 years
This workshop covers anaphylaxis; how to prevent it; signs & symptoms; first aid;
• Must meet prerequisites
and techniques on how to use an epinephrine auto-injector.
• Must successfully complete the Babysitting/PeopleSavers Facilitator Self Study
Wilderness & Remote First Aid (Certification) • Must successfully complete a co-teach session of a babysitting course with a currently
• 20 hour course for students who recreate in isolated or wilderness settings certified Babysitting Facilitator
• Covers Standard First Aid & CPR/AED plus special content on strategies for
providing extended care for up 24 hours Preventing Disease Transmission (Non-certification)
• Two-hour workshop discussing disease transmission at home and in the workplace.
• Recommended for 12 yrs+
• Guide provided
First Aid & CPR and
Water Safety Programs
Red Cross Swim not only teaches children how to swim and
stay safe in, on and around water, but a renewed focus on
fitness aims to help address the increasing rates of obesity
among Canadian children.
Water Safety Services Water Safety Instructor course prepares candidates to instruct the
Red Cross Swim programs. Candidates focus on strategies to introduce and develop
swimming and water safety skills in the Red Cross Swim Preschool, Red Cross Swim Kids
Red Cross Swim Preschool is a seven-level stand-alone program allows and Teens and Adults program curriculums. The course also requires a twelve hour
swimmers to enter various levels based on age and ability. Kids will enjoy the animal themes practical teaching experience and hands-on assignments. Candidates must be 16 years
and mascots, which have been added to enhance learning and fun. Lesson plans that use the of age or older and possess the Assistant Water Safety Instructor certification.
mascot and animal themes will be available to help Instructors run dynamic classes for this age
group, 4 months to five years.
Water Safety Instructor Trainer
The Water Safety Instructor Trainer Course is designed to prepare those teaching the
Red Cross Swim Kids is a ten-level program, designed for children ages six and Assistant Water Safety Instructor, Water Safety Instructor, and Water Safety Instructor
older. The 10 levels allow for solid progressions and manageable skill acquisition from one level recertification courses. Candidates must be 18 years of age or older and possess a current
to the next, while making it easier for the programmer to schedule. The Skills and Water Safety Water Safety Instructor certification.
throughout the program are targeted to each age group, with an increased focus on staying
active and in the water. Swimming strokes are built throughout the levels, using solid, proven
Resources for First Nations
progressions with a focus on drills and distance.
With the support of the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotions, Healthy Communities
Fund, the Canadian Red Cross in partnership with Safe Kids Canada, is pleased to be
Red Cross Swim Programs for Adults and Teens working collaboratively with First Nations communities across Ontario to create and
are focused on learning to swim or improving their swimming skills, healthy lifestyle share injury prevention resources for use in your community.
choices and fitness options. The program has 3 components:
Red Cross Swim Basicsintroduces the fundamental skills required to build swimming proficiency. With input from First Nations community members across Ontario and assitance from
Red Cross Swim Strokes - designed to further develop strokes chosen by the swimmer, members of the First Nations Water Safety Advisory Committee, we have developed new
increase swimming distances and proficiency. water safety resources for children, parents, teachers and community members. These
new resources have been created to promote safety in, on and around the water, and to
Red Cross Swim Sports - designed to encourage you to try new aquatic experiences and promote water-safe environments and water-safe attitudes that will help to protect your
develop new skills. community throughout the year.
Red Cross Swim @ School is a participation-based swimming and All document are available in English and French and are available at:
water safety training program designed specifically for the school lessons market. Red Cross http://www.redcross.ca/article.asp?id=16253&tid=067.
Swim @ School has four modules:
Swimming covers basic swimming skills and stroke development for learning to swim (skills
from Red Cross Swim Kids 1-4) Volunteering
Safety Skills - Students learn how to be safe in the water by participating in water activities,
includes Self-safety, self-rescue, and rescue of others skills In response to the requirement for Ontario
students to complete 40 hours of community
Fitness includes fitness development, activities and knowledge (skills from Red Cross service, the Red Cross developed the Fast
Swim Kids 5-10) Forty Program, which guides students in
Brain Games - Designed for the teachers in the classroom to provide a variety of learner- choosing an area of interest within the
centred activities for grades 1 to 7 students. Develops knowledge, skills, attitudes and organization and supports them in
behaviours for injury prevention. These safe behaviours, fair play practices, physical activity and completing their volunteer hours.
fitness lead to lifelong active living choices. Please call 1-888-890-1997 for a copy of the Brain
Games resources ($20).
Assistant Water Safety Instructor course guides the knowledge and
skills needed to become an AWSI, by focusing on teaching methods, learning styles, physical
principles, progressions, communication, safety supervision and feedback. The course also
requires an eight hour practical teaching experience and hands-on assignments. Candidates
must be 15 years of age or older.
Some of the most meaningful lessons for children and youth
can be found in the act of helping others. Teachers and
students can work together on fundraising initiatives in support
of the work of Red Cross in Canada and around the world.
Get the Net and Help Red Cross Prevent Malaria
A child in Africa dies every 30 seconds from malaria. Although preventable and treatable, malaria is
the single leading cause of death for children under five in Africa. Every day, the disease kills more
than 3,000 children - the equivalent to seven Boeing 747 plane crashes.
Every year, there are approximately 350 - 500 million cases of malaria. More than one million people
die from the disease every year. Over 90 per cent of these deaths occur among young children and
pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa.
But there is hope. The most proven and cost-effective way to save lives is with a $10 bed-net.
Insecticide-treated nets provide a protective barrier around families, especially at night when malaria-
carrying mosquitoes strike. Sleeping under mosquito nets saves lives. A single net can protect one or
more children for up to five years.
Since 2003,with the generous support of the Canadian International Development Agency, the
Canadian Red Cross has distributed almost 6 million nets and trained 25,000 volunteers in 10 African
countries. Dedicated Red Cross volunteers educate families on the proper use of nets, and encourage
their continued use.
The Canadian Red Cross malaria program is combined with an integrated campaign effort during which
children under five are also provided a measles vaccination, polio vaccination, vitamin A
supplementation, and given anti-worm tablets.
Your students can learn about the plight of children in Africa while making a tremendous difference in
the lives of the millions at risk of malaria.
Feast or Famine
This event is popular with high schools and involves students raising pledges and participating in a
24-hour famine exercise.
Call your local Red Cross for more information about these opportunities or to discuss other
fundraising ideas and events.
The following Canadian Red Cross programs have
received the Curriculum Services Canada seal of
• It’s Not Your Fault
• Expect the Unexpected
• Facing Fear
• Babysitters Course