SCHOOL READY WORKSHOPS
Transforming young lives and inspiring intergenerational change to break the cycle of violence.
We believe every girl has a fighting spirit, and that she doesn’t need to be a ninja to raise her voice and raise her standards. Pronounced KEY-UP! and named after a warrior power shout – KEYUP! is courage from her core.
KEYUP! Project empowers girls to value and champion their safety and well-being with programs that move beyond awareness into strong hearted action in schools, university, and the community. KEYUP! tackles the big uncomfortable issues surrounding bullying, gender equality, domestic violence and consent with practical life protection skills.
More than 10,000 students and young women have participated in our programs since 2013.
HALF DAY WORKSHOPS – Up to 50 girls / Yrs 7-12 / $35 per student
KEYUP! SHOUT WORKSHOP
Our workshop coaches a girl to stand tall, turn around negative self-talk and use her voice to speak out for herself and for others. In this session girls champion their safety and self-worth. Introducing ‘heads, shoulders, knees and toes’ a set of easy to learn and fast to recall self-protection techniques.
KEYUP! TRUST WORKSHOP
We share proven strategies for a girl to identify, protect and defend herself from unsafe people and unsafe relationships. Girls tap into intuition, sharpen their awareness skills and take action when a situation doesn’t feel right. We introduce ethical bystanding skills and further life saving, self-protection skills every girl must know.
FULL DAY WORKSHOPS – Up to 50 girls / Yrs 7-12 / $50 per student
KEYUP! POWER WORKSHOP
Be prepared, not scared. Based on the successful KEYUP! for Kings Cross Police Youth Program. KEYUP! POWER! is the ultimate confident booster, bully buster, and self-defense program for girls. The facts of drink spiking, cyberbullying and slut-shaming – the reality and the fallout, techniques, and strategies to protect against street harassment and sexual assault. Boundaries and Dr. Brene’s Brown’s Braving technique to deal with conflict and past violence. Essential de-escalation and necessary fight back skills included.
I booked KEYUP! workshops for our Year 9 and 10 girls. It was one of the most positive experiences I could hope to share as a Year Adviser. The girls were captivated by the anecdotal teachings of Mel Thomas, whose enthusiasm for empowering girls is infectious. Seeing our girls chanting positive affirmations at the top of their lungs was an uplifting experience. Mel is a truly inspirational woman and I cannot thank the team enough for giving our girls this amazing experience.”Tracey WalshYear 10 Advisor, Cronulla High School
"I’ve always wanted to know how to protect myself. I learned to believe in myself, to see the positive side, always have a laugh and to appreciate the nice comments people make about me more. I really enjoyed it.”KateSTUDENT – AGE 16