CHANGE THE TALK is a peer-to-peer sexual violence education initiative for Los Angeles teens. We train high school students to conduct workshops in high schools and youth groups to educate their peers about sexual violence and consent.
Change the Talk (formerly The Talk Project) is a project of the National Council of Jewish Women|Los Angeles.
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 41 high schools for over 6,300 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.
We are thrilled to announce we have the support of NCJW|LA in incubating Change the Talk into its own non-profit organization. Change the Talk plans to eventually expand beyond Los Angeles and reach thousands more teens. Over the next three to five years, we will work to build a vision, strategy, and blueprint for our future. We hope you will join us as we grow.
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