CHANGE THE TALK is a peer-to-peer sexual violence education initiative for Los Angeles teens.
We train high school students to deliver workshops in high schools and youth groups to educate their peers about sexual violence and consent.
Exciting News! Change the Talk is Going National!
June 25, 2020
Dear Change the Talk Community,
Change the Talk has been proud to be a program of the National Council of Jewish Women|Los Angeles since the summer of 2015, when a group of high school students researched and wrote the first workshop script to educate their peers on consent and sexual violence prevention. To date, Change the Talk has trained over 250 teen leaders who have educated 6,500+ high school students with its innovative and interactive workshop.
We are writing to share the exciting news that Change the Talk is moving on to become a program of SafeBAE, a survivor-founded, student-led national organization whose mission is to end sexual assault among middle and high school students.
While we will miss being part of the NCJW|LA team, we know that Change the Talk will thrive in a national setting where it can reach far more teens around the country. The move will be effective beginning July 1, 2020.
Thank you to all of our supporters throughout Los Angeles County. We are so humbled by your generosity and volunteership over the years. We could not have done any of this work without you.
Change the Talk was created in February 2015 by NCJW | LA teen interns who wanted to combat sexual violence through peer-to-peer education and advocacy. They compiled research and created an interactive presentation to bring to schools.
Since its launch in 2015, Change the Talk workshop has been presented in 42 high schools and youth groups for over 6,500 students. As a result, students are empowered to speak out against rape culture, advocate for consent culture, and make informed decisions about recourse if sexual violence takes place. Read our evaluation here and media coverage here.
We believe in equity and justice.
We approach our programs from a gender justice, racial justice, and human rights lens.
We value kindness, empathy, and compassion.
We value active listening, believing survivors, and supporting survivors.
We seek to be inclusive of individuals from all races, religions, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicities, and immigration statuses.
We are an intersectional organization that listens to, aims to understand, and aims to educate youth on how situations of sexual violence and their aftermath differ due to individuals’ multiple identities.
We value the voices of youth and center youth in our program and in our programmatic decisions.
We seek to be inclusive of the LGBTQIA+ community and aim to lift up LGBTQIA+ voices in our programs and workshops as much as possible.
We value the voices of sexual violence survivors and center their voices and needs in our programmatic decisions.
We stand strongly against sexual violence and support policies that ensure the illegality of sexual violence in our legal system.
We value criminal justice reform and support the values of restorative justice. While we would like to see perpetrators of sexual violence penalized for their actions, we are aware of the implicit biases of the criminal justice system and stand against the mass incarceration of black and brown individuals.
We are a sex positive organization and we respect individuals’ self-determination when it comes to engaging in sexual activity. We promote healthy sexual activity and relationships for all individuals. We are staunchly against sex trafficking. We do not conflate sex trafficking with sex work. We support the human rights of sex workers.
We are open to constructive feedback and to internal learning in order to improve our program and ourselves as individuals.
Change the Talk is a program of the National Council of Jewish Women | Los Angeles. Change the Talk staff include:
Senior Director and Co-Founder
Change the Talk Coordinator