Canada Youth

Finding Shelter for Homeless LGBT Youth

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.28.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Earlier this summer, Canada's first transitional housing dedicated to LGBT youth opened in Toronto--the YMCA's Sprott House. Reading about this great initiative raised our awareness about an issue that needs to be on the radar of all Canadians -- the unacceptable rate of LGBT youth who have no place to call home. LGBT youth become homeless for much of the same reasons as other young people -- family conflict, abuse, mental health issues and addiction. LGBT youth also experience higher rates of mental health and addiction issues in large part because of discrimination.

Planned Parenthood in Canada Is Under Attack Too

Lauren Dobson-Hughes | Posted 08.26.2015 | Canada Living
Lauren Dobson-Hughes

You've heard of the recent attacks on women's healthcare in the States, but in Canada, we're feeling the impact too. For 50 years, Planned Parenthood Ottawa has been there for our community, providing unbiased counselling, education, advice and support. But it's become increasingly hard to do our work. Planned Parenthood is under attack, by people who oppose healthcare for women and the trans community, who don't want youth to get the education they need, and who dedicate themselves to cutting our funding every way they can.

Teamwork Helps Students Address Financial Challenges

Cairine Wilson, CPA Canada | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Parents
Cairine Wilson, CPA Canada

The post-secondary years are the ideal time to lock in great habits and fill any gaps in your children's financial education. Regardless of whether there are savings set aside or loans to be taken, managing the dollars matters. It's our young people who gain the most from good advice as they take on increased responsibility.

B.C. Government Continues to Attack Mom Rather Than Fix Their Broken System

Sarah Miller | Posted 08.14.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

What do you do, and who do you turn to when the people charged with protecting children end up causing far more emotional and physical trauma then you could ever imagine?

Field Of Memes

Matt Hansen | Posted 07.21.2015 | Canada
Matt Hansen

Listen, sometimes I hate social media. I'm sure I'm not the only one. A few days ago someone posted "We will never be here again." It's one of those ...

I'm a Canadian Who Suffers From Mental Ilness - And I'm far From Alone

Brittany Dempster | Posted 07.06.2015 | Canada Living
Brittany Dempster

I recall sitting on the ground at the back of a church in a crouched position. Tears flowed down my face as I whimpered. It was one of those days again -- a day that I did not want to see or talk to anyone; a day that I just wanted to go to sleep and never wake up again.

What Led Me to Seeking Solace in Psychics

Katie Boland | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Living
Katie Boland

"What's Lily Dale?" my husband asked. "Lily Dale is a spiritualist community in upstate New York. Seriously, everyone who lives there is a psychic," I said. "People have been going forever to talk to the dead. I really want to go."

Educating Young Refugees Is a Path to Sustainable International Development

Development Unplugged | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

On World Refugee Day 2015 (June 20), events around the world recognize the more than 50 million people who have been forcibly displaced from their homes. It is a day to reflect on the strength and resilience of the millions who have fled their countries and we acknowledge the efforts of individuals and groups who are devoted to supporting refugee populations.

Top 10 Reasons Why We Need Music Education

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Music
Sacha DeVoretz

I love to listen to all kinds of music. Previously I wrote a blog on "The Top Ten Reasons Why The Symphony Is Cool." Recently, I was fortunate eno...

Instead of Being a Voluntourist, Stop Buying Clothes From Sweatshops

Development Unplugged | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

The moral values of volunteerism should be encouraged. But it is even more important to understand and act on our ethical duties not to cause harm in the first place, or to benefit from it -- through the clothes we wear, electronics we use, food we consume and governments that we elect. Travel can help us to understand the seriousness of these connections. But the urgent work of addressing these harms needs to take place at home. It requires bright, committed, creative, energetic and compassionate people to act on the connections between our everyday lives and injustices in other parts of the world.

The One Thing You Should Know at Graduation

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada
Sarah Vermunt

You're supposed to know how to make your parents proud and make a whack of cash, kicking ass and taking numbers along the way. Right? The truth is, you're not supposed to know what the future looks like. Nobody does. Why didn't anybody tell you this? Because it's scary as hell, that's why.

How Canada's Banks Are Reaching Out to Millennials

Carlos de Torres | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada Business
Carlos de Torres

A recent study found that millennials are attracted to online resources to help them manage their money and answer their banking needs. Banks have been listening to what their younger consumers are after and changing how they can offer their services.

How Speaking Truth Gives Youth Great Power

David Suzuki | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

More than half the world's population is under 30, a demographic now at the forefront of international decision-making and some of Canada's most powerful environmental changes. Youth are thinking critically about how we can become better stewards of our landscapes and wildlife and protect the air, water, soil and diversity of nature that keep us healthy and alive.

What Every Single Girl Needs to Know About Dating

Alana Hurov | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Living
Alana Hurov

over the years and through a lot of bad encounters and relationships, I adapted and went from sweet and innocent to sexy vixen with an edge. Now that I am in a happy and committed relationship, I have some valuable advice for all of those single girls out there. I wish I had this kind of wisdom when I was on the hunt for my Prince.

It Seems Just "Living While Black" Can Get You Killed These Days

Eternity E Martis | Posted 01.28.2015 | Canada Living
Eternity E Martis

In essence, carrying anything and being Black will get you killed these days. Perhaps instead of DWB ("Driving while Black"), we need "Living While Black," because it seems to be an increasing struggle to do anything without getting killed -- even for children.

Top 3 Tips from Eugene Levy to Teens Everywhere

Shane Feldman | Posted 01.24.2015 | Canada
Shane Feldman

I caught up with American Pie star Eugene Levy on the Red Carpet at "It's Always Something" hosted by Russell Peters. I asked Eugene to share his top tips for teens. Here are his top three pieces of advice.

From Ayr to Here -- Studying the Scottish Experiment in Youth Voting

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 12.30.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

The entire school in Ayr, Scotland, vibrated with anticipation. The lunchroom sounded more like a debate hall than a cafeteria. Kirsty McCahill watched the clock tick down to the closing bell. She rushed home, then to the nearby community centre to do what no Scottish 16-year-old had ever done before that day: vote on the future of her country.

How Young Canadians Become Jihadists

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Craig and Marc Kielburger

So many young Canadians are looking to make their mark on the world. Some pick up a shovel to build a school or a ladle in soup kitchens to serve the homeless. A small number choose a different way, traveling to Syria to pick up an AK-47. Where does the road diverge between the youth who choose the path of helping and those on the path of harm? And for those on the road toward extremism, are there points along their journey where they might be set on a positive path?

Sometimes Kids Just Need to Be Heard

Kids Help Phone | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Kids Help Phone

Parents often think that they have to have an immediate answer or solution at their fingertips, but sometimes all a kid needs is to be heard. When we listen to young people without interrupting, it helps them feel understood and it validates their feelings by making them feel less alone in whatever they may be coping with.

This Tanzanian Journalist Thrived With Help From Journalists For Human Rights

Adam Bemma | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada Impact
Adam Bemma

Mambo Jambo Radio is one of many radio stations around the world to benefit from JHR human rights media training. Knoll helped broadcaster Rotlinde Achimpota understand the importance of covering women's and children's rights stories, which has since made her a household name across northern Tanzania.

Let's Work Hard to Keep Engaging Youth in International Negotiations

Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers | Posted 11.22.2014 | Canada Impact
Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers

This week, I have the pleasure to feature an article written by two of my friends, who are passionate about global health, youth and advocacy issues. ...

Young People Aren't the Problem, But We Must Make Them Part of the Solution

Scott M. Weber | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Impact
Scott M. Weber

We are witnessing political, social and economic exclusion of young people in many countries around the world. Frustration and resentment are mounting. We feel the power of these young people. We fear their anger and their numbers. But we don't listen to what they are saying. We need to stop seeing young people as a threat and make them part of the solution.

How the U.N. Exists in Thunder Bay

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

No more hockey. No more swimming lessons. For 15,000 Thunder Bay families living in poverty, the proposed funding cuts in 2005 meant the end of the only affordable sports and recreation programs available to their children. The council debate was rancorous. The motion looked ready to pass. Then one councillor rose to remind his colleagues of their promise to the city's young: the Children's Charter.

The Schools Keeping First Nations Kids From Turning into "Phantoms"

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

In the small First Nations community of Moricetown, in central B.C., teens haunt the convenience stores and gas bars, their lives adrift. Locals call them "phantoms." Cain Michell, then 14, was one of them. His life changed when Moricetown teachers Tom and Lorna Butz came knocking in 2012,

How Youth Savings Clubs Empower Students in Ghana

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Business
Canadian Co-operative Association

It made an impact on me to witness the eagerness of these savvy young people to build their savings -- I wish I'd learned such a valuable lesson at their age. The students showed pride in the youth savings program and seemed to feel empowered by it.