FAQ
How can I bring Change the Frame to my school?
Email us at hello@changetheframe.org.au with your name and the name of your school, and we will reach out to your school with some more information about the program. Alternatively, tell your school about us and ask them to reach out via our workshops page. We are always keen to hear from interested schools and students!
Where does the name come from?
Our name comes from our mission - we want to change the frameworks of society by giving young people the tools to evaluate the gender biased frameworks of society critically. Further, we want young people to change their frame of thinking when it comes to thinking about the society in which they live. Hence 'Change the Frame.'
How much does a workshop cost?
At Change the Frame, we don't believe that cost should be a barrier to social change, which is why our program is entirely free.

This means that we rely on donations and grants to fund the program. Every year we have to cover necessary costs such as insurance, printing, training, IT, events, and social media advertising. If you like the work we do and want to support us you can donate here!
How is the program funded?
We are a start-up youth-led not-for-profit, so what we do is entirely funded through grants, sponsorships and donations. If you' like the work we do and want to support us, you can donate here!

Every donation, no matter how small, helps Change the Frame deliver societal shifting workshops teaching young people how to think critically about the gendered society in which they live.
How do I interview someone from Change the Frame?
If you are a member of the press, please connect with us via our press page.

If you need to email someone from Change the Frame for academic or personal purposes, please send your request and information about the project to hello@changetheframe.org.au.
Can I write for Change the Frame's blog?
Yes! We love featuring the voices of our supporters, gender equality experts, artists, and more!

Please send your pitch or submission to hello@changetheframe.org.au with the subject line "Guest Blog Pitch."
What does my donation go towards?
All of our workshops are free for participating schools, and in 2018 we aim to run 100 workshops all over the ACT and work with hundreds of students. Your donation means we can plan ahead, improve the effectiveness of our school programs and equip even more young people with critical thinking skills.

As a donor, you will help ensure Change the Frame can continue to provide our innovative gender education programs free for young people who otherwise might not be exposed to these topics. So if you like the work we do and want to support us you can donate here!
Don't you think young people should be left to make up their own minds about these topics?
Of course! Everyone should be able to think critically about these topics and eventually come to their own conclusions. Our workshops are designed to ask young people what they believe and why. We want to explore how some of the things they absorb about gender might be unhealthy or restrictive.

The views of young people will be influenced by many things: school, home life, peer groups, the media, the internet (especially in the case of today's generation), there are so many things that shape the way young people think and feel. We try to give the students we work with the skills to critically question what they see and hear, without telling them what to think.
What types of issues come up in the workshops?
The issues that arise within a workshop vary considerably depending on the workshop being run. In saying that, all our workshops are for matters relating to gender. As such, we have activities that explore ideas of strength and violence, media depictions of men and women, sexual abuse, mental health and crime. The way we talk about these things really depends on what students bring up in the workshops. At Change the Frame we have a participant-led ideology, which means the workshops respond to and revolve around the students we are working with.
Some of the topics you address sound quite serious. How do the students respond?
Most of the students are relieved to have a safe space to ask questions. The workshop revolves around games as well, so often they end up being highly enjoyable sessions.

The outcomes are serious, but so are the consequences of gendered expectations going unchallenged. The impacts of gender stereotypes on young Australians can be very damaging. We want to free young people from the expectations that can lead to these sorts of issues.

It's also important to see this as prevention, not an intervention project. We hope that by giving them vocabulary and awareness around these issues, they'll become active bystanders, helping to ensure the world they grow up in is more equal and more open.

Our volunteers are trained on how to deal with these sensitive issues with care. They operate within comprehensive child protection policies and procedures, and we inform the schools we work in of the infrequent occasions when we experience disclosures or comments that seem worrying, to ensure the children or young people are protected going forward.
How do you respond to young people whose ideas are shaped by their faith or by non-Western culture?
We practice and promote respect for all cultures and faiths. We aim to challenge all discrimination in our workshop, and would not tolerate any young person being made to feel disadvantaged or picked on because of faith-based or culture-based opinions.

We ask questions; we don't give answers. We want all the young people we work with to choose the kind of person they want to be, to choose who or what they are influenced by, and to be free from stereotypes or expectations of any kind. We celebrate and promote the acceptance of difference.
Is there ever an occasion where you would tell a student their opinion was wrong?
We do not tolerate hate speech or illegal behaviours. If a student expresses support for an illegal behaviour, we remind the participants of the parameters of the law.

Otherwise, we wouldn't tell students their opinions are wrong, rather, we challenge views we think may be grounded in dangerous or unhealthy stereotypes by asking questions to uncover an alternative perspective. Often we don't need to do this though, as debates and discussion happen organically between the students and their peers.
For more information and any other questions, don't hesitate to send us an e-mail or leave us a message.
Change the Frame acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia, their diversity, histories and knowledge and their continuing connections to land, water and community. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and to Elders past, present and future.