Youth run, industry leading

Sex education

OUR MISSION

2 Birds 1 Bee's mission is all in the name. It was founded in 2015 to 'hit two birds with one stone' in the area of the 'birds and the bees'. The dynamic workshops for students, parents, and organisations are about:

  1. providing educational content that complements school curricula, and, in doing so;

  2. sparking vital conversations

 

These workshops are not the end, but the beginning of important discussions around young people, relationships and sex in a modern era.

Central to 2 Birds 1 Bee is a belief that the solution to issues facing young people is through their empowerment. We know that young people are having sexual experiences earlier than most parents and teachers would like to believe, and we also know that ignoring that won't help anyone. 2B1B instead focuses on providing accurate information, developing critical thinking skills, and providing spaces for conversations and questions.

2 Birds 1 Bee is based in Sydney, Australia.

 

Testimonials:

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“It was a great, engaging and informative talk that was definitely worth the time!”

— Year 10 student
 
 
WORKSHOPS

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Talking to your children about porn

Parents and care givers

The 'Talk' has always been awkward and difficult, and the internet certainly hasn't made it easier. Based on both academic and peer-research, this workshop for parents is from a youth perspective, and has been devised on behalf of their children. It gives new ideas about both what parents should be talking about and how they can meaningfully engage with young people in topic areas of sex and relationships.

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Bringing porn out from beneath the covers

Years 7-12

Despite the fact that the vast majority of high school students have been exposed to online pornography, the ever-prevalent cultural taboo still renders it an uncomfortable topic to talk about. Left unchallenged, however, it gives an inaccurate and damaging image of sex and relationships for generation z to model after.

 

This workshop gives young people the skills to challenge what they see online, especially with regards to body image, 'sexpectations', and gender roles. Issues of 'porn addiction' are also addressed.

LGBTQIA... WTF?


Gender and sexuality diversity
 

Years 9-10

What is gender? Why are some people attracted to people of the same sex? Why should we even care about labels?

This workshop asks questions about many of the fundamental ways in which we view the world, particularly in the areas of gender, sex, and sexuality diversity. By first exploring the theory behind such complex and unchallenged notions, it aims to inspire empathy and understanding amongst all students for the huge monority of students who are queer, as well as breaking down broader barriers of sexism, homophobia, and transphobia.

Good, bad, Ugly

 

Healthy relationships and relationship violence

Years 7-12

 

Whether it's regarding a romantic partner, friend, family member, teacher, stranger, or anyone else, having a good sense of boundaries and being able to recognise problem behaviours is key to child safety.

This workshop starts with the good - getting students to clearly articulate what they want in different relationships - before addressing the boundaries of the bad and ugly. For older year groups the focus is on identifying and labeling various forms of relationship violence, and equipping students with the skills and resources to help themselves and one another.

CONSENT I

 

The basics

Years 7-8

 

The skill of communicating consent is not just relevant to sex, although laying the foundations early does pay dividends.

 

In this fun workshop students are introduced to the language of consent, and practise the skills of seeking, expressing, and recognising consent in a safe space.

Consent II


Sexual consent and sexual assault

Years 9-10

The rates of sexual assault are truly shocking. This in-depth workshop equips participants with the skills to navigate consent in complex real-world sexual contexts.

 

During the course of the session participants will debunk common myths, practise critical analysis of portrayals of 'consent' in mass media, and brainstorm ways of being an active bystander. 

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Advanced consent
 

Years 11-12

Understanding consent as either a 'yes' or a 'no' is a fine bare minimum - but how do you (or your partner) actually know if you want something or not? What if you don't know? How can we make spaces in which it's safe to figure it all out?

This advanced workshop develops the concept of consent beyond simple binaries. It brings forth in-depth conversations around nurturing a nuanced culture of consent that includes deep introspection.

Coming soon...

The workshops are constantly being reviewed, improved and adapted, and new workshops will soon be available!

 

 Want something specific? Feel free to suggest or request workshop topics via the contact page.

 

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Founder - Matt Friedman

 

Matt Friedman is an experienced presenter facilitator who has worked with thousands of young people in various capacities. He founded 2 Birds 1 Bee in 2016, the year after graduating high school, with a passion to bring these important conversations to as many young people as possible.

 

Matt also works in delivering the nationally-coordinated Love Bites program on sexual assault and relationship violence, and has previously served multiple roles, including as Chair of the Board of Directors, with UN Youth Australia, the country's largest entirely youth-run educational NGO.

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Head of Operations - Danielle Santos

 

Danielle has been working in the youth sector for nearly a decade as an event organiser, community builder and facilitator. She joined the 2 Birds 1 Bee team at the end of 2020 to bring her expertise in operations and her passion for inclusive sex and relationship education to young people across NSW.

 

Danielle previously served as the CEO of UN Youth Australia and was the founder of UNSW's peer-to-peer mentor program for disabled students. Danielle may one day finish her Law/Social Research and Policy Bachelor, but in the meantime she works as a Disability Advocate at People with Disability Australia specialising in helping clients tell their stories at the Disability Royal Commission.

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Head of Community Engagement - Leila ExcelL

 

Leila has worked with children for the past 4 years, and is currently studying primary education at Notre Dame. She was the Environment Convener for the Women’s College she attended whilst at Sydney University, and has experience in conducting large groups towards a mutual goal. Leila is passionate about sex and relationship education as she felt as though she could have learnt more at school, and is proud that the 2 Birds 1 Bee program offer students the open dialogue that she was never given.

 
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OUR TEAM

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Matt Friedman is an experienced presenter facilitator who has worked with thousands of young people in various capacities. He founded 2 Birds 1 Bee in 2016, the year after graduating high school, with a passion to bring these important conversations to as many young people as possible.

 

Matt also works in delivering the nationally-coordinated Love Bites program on sexual assault and relationship violence, and has previously served multiple roles, including as Chair of the Board of Directors, with UN Youth Australia, the country's largest entirely youth-run educational NGO.

Matt Friedman

Founder & CEO

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Danielle has been working in the youth sector for nearly a decade as an event organiser, community builder and facilitator. She joined the 2 Birds 1 Bee team at the end of 2020 to bring her expertise in operations and her passion for inclusive sex and relationship education to young people across NSW.

 

Danielle previously served as the CEO of UN Youth Australia and was the founder of UNSW's peer-to-peer mentor program for disabled students. Danielle may one day finish her Law/Social Research and Policy Bachelor, but in the meantime she works as a Disability Advocate at People with Disability Australia specialising in helping clients tell their stories at the Disability Royal Commission.

Danielle Santos

Head of Operations

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Leila has worked with children for the past 4 years, and is currently studying primary education at Notre Dame. She was the Environment Convener for the Women’s College she attended whilst at Sydney University, and has experience in conducting large groups towards a mutual goal.

 

Leila is passionate about sex and relationship education as she felt as though she could have learnt more at school, and is proud that the 2 Birds 1 Bee program offer students the open dialogue that she was never given.

Leila Excell

Head of Community Engagement