Canada Youth

What I Learned From Spending A Cold, Dark Night 'Homeless'

360⁰kids | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada Impact
360⁰kids

A few winters ago, I spent one extraordinary night wandering the streets of York Region, experiencing first-hand what homeless youth from our community go through every night. Organizers wanted us to better understand what homeless youth in York Region face every night.

The Best Youth Crime Prevention Program? A Sense Of Belonging

Owen Charters | Posted 02.17.2017 | Canada Parents
Owen Charters

In communities disproportionately affected by violence, targeted prevention programs and mental health supports have a more focused impact. Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada has adopted a proven gang prevention outreach program, but it requires renewed funding and support.

What Seniors In Love Really Look Like

Thomas G. Wellner | Posted 02.10.2017 | Canada Living
Thomas G. Wellner

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, Canadians are preparing to be inundated with feel-good stories of love and romance. From the excitement of puppy love to heartwarming tales of soulmates finding each other despite the odds, it seems that none of us are immune to the effects of Cupid's arrow. Despite all this, a common myth still pervades that love, romance and the need for companionship fade over time, and that as we grow older, we become less interested in keeping love alive.

The Princess At The Heart Of Bipolar Disorder

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 01.12.2017 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

It is well-known that heart disease is society's leading killer. In contrast, it is largely unrecognized that people with bipolar disorder are at particularly high risk of heart disease.

Entrust Youth With A Seat At The Decision-Making Table

Vasileios Tsianos | Posted 01.11.2017 | Canada Politics
Vasileios Tsianos

Never before has a generation been so connected and self-organized, yet mired in such anguishing asymmetry with older generations of leadership. If so many young leaders are already responsive, responsible and also effective, why do senior leaders worldwide prevent them from joining them?

The Changing State Of My Mother Tongue

TamilCulture | Posted 12.20.2016 | Canada Living
TamilCulture

When I was a kid, I wasn't up on a Saturday morning watching cartoons while eating fruit loops. Instead, like many Tamil children, I was usually half asleep trying to learn the language that I first learned to speak. I didn't hate going to Tamil school because I missed out on cartoons. I think I hated going because it was a hard language to learn.

Becoming A Better Parent

Alyson Jones | Posted 12.16.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

I guess one could say that my professional background makes me well qualified for this parenting job, but I must admit that I have had my fair share of humbling moments when it comes to parenting. Sometimes I have moments when I feel I rock it as a parent, and then other moments when I hang my head and know I could have handled something much better. Yes, there is certainly room for improvement.

B.C. Affordable Housing Plan Barely Passes For Band-Aid Solution

Dermod Travis | Posted 12.01.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Hate to be one of those folk that B.C. Housing Minister Rich Coleman believes has nothing better to do than get up and whine every day, but the B.C. government's affordable housing plan announced last week falls short. Sorry, someone had to say it.

3 Things I Learned From President Obama's Speech In Athens

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.25.2016 | Canada Politics
G(irls)20

The whole speech was an hymn for democracy, aiming to remind us that after all this time, since democracy was first born here in Greece, its flame still fuels the progress of our society. He reminded us that democracy is neither perfect, nor complete.

Heartbroken By The System? Apathy Is Not The Answer

Caro Loutfi | Posted 11.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Caro Loutfi

Watching the challenges of misogyny, sexism, racism, discrimination, poverty, and unemployment play out on centre stage in the United States has heightened the awareness that the same issues are still alive and well in our own country. The impact that a prime minister or president can have on the issues we care about is more than immense.

Youth Breaking Boundaries: Canadian Priorities For Global Health

Development Unplugged | Posted 11.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

Global health transcends boundaries. But it also transcends domains and disciplines of practice. Canada is positioned to play a strategic role as a leader on the international development stage, and this means that integrating youth leaders into global discourses, particularly relating to health, is vital.

Helping Our Youth (And Ourselves) Deal With The Trump Trauma

Alyson Jones | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

As the results began to become undeniable and there was no avoiding the dreaded outcome, I witnessed my children and their friends reaching out to ask each other in shock and asking their parents "How could this happen?"

Centring Youth Voices In Media Coverage Of Sexual Violence

femifesto | Posted 11.01.2016 | Canada Living
femifesto

Children and youth under the age of 18 are the most at risk for sexual assault in Canada, followed by young people aged 18-24, according to Statistics Canada. This issue is critically important to young people, but so often, older adult voices are prioritized.

The Reality Of Cyber Abuse

Susie Williams | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Living
Susie Williams

Technology plays a large part in the lives of everyone; it's where we communicate, learn, express ourselves and spend much of our leisure time, but what does it look like when the primary medium we use for these things becomes corrupted with hate and abuse?

Seeking Support Helped End My Nine-Year Battle With Depression

Emily Grice | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Living
Emily Grice

I really didn't understand why I was so sad all of the time. It was a whirlwind of overwhelming emotions of loneliness, frustration and annoyance with everything. It's these times when you need to recognize what's happening with yourself and discover and use the tools to help you get through it.

Tap Into Youth And Nurture The Next Big Idea

Alex Sangha | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Alex Sangha

Many people argue that the best way to help someone and improve their quality of life is to give them a job. This may be true, however, I would also argue that one of the best ways to help someone is to teach them and give them the skills and resources to become their own boss.

Anxiety Disorders: You Are Not Alone And You Can Beat This

Michelle Hermans | Posted 12.20.2016 | Canada Living
Michelle Hermans

At times, you may feel overwhelmed or alone, and it may seem as though things will never get better. Know that anxiety is a treatable condition and that you can overcome this. This is about your happiness and well-being. By speaking up and asking for help, you can start on your road to recovery.

4 Benefits To Mentoring Youth In STEM

Dr. Emily Agard | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Business
Dr. Emily Agard

Sometimes having a mentor can make all the difference in choosing a career path or field of study. Mentoring youth has positive impact on their development and academic achievement. Mentoring is also critical in helping youth explore and develop their interest in the fields of STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math.

3 Reasons Why We're More Anxious Than Ever Before

Chakameh Shafii | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Chakameh Shafii

I'm not a parent but I wanted to understand the jump in anxiety levels from 10 -20 years ago and how they correlate with social media. So I interviewed Dana Kendal, a therapist (MSW,RSW) with 18 years of experience working with youth and families.

Olympic Gold Medallist Penny Oleksiak Is Every Canadian Teenager

Ilona Dougherty | Posted 08.23.2016 | Canada Parents
Ilona Dougherty

When Penny's mom said last week that Ms. Oleksiak is in fact "a very typical teenager," she reminded us of something important. Ms. Oleksiak is one of many young Canadians just waiting for their opportunity to shine. If we surround them with support, they will no doubt live up to the challenge just like Ms. Oleksiak did in Rio.

Summer Jobs Build Money Smarts

Cairine Wilson, CPA Canada | Posted 07.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Cairine Wilson, CPA Canada

That initial job can also serve as an ideal springboard to talk money management with your kids and help strengthen their financial knowledge.

Electoral Reform: How Canadians Can Contribute To The Debate

Kathleen O'Connor | Posted 07.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Kathleen O'Connor

Canadians have a rare and precious opportunity to influence the future functioning of our democracy, both in terms of citizen representation and the balance of power that underpins day-to-day decision-making by our national government. This is a window of opportunity that, if squandered, may not present itself again for years to come.

Beyond Brexit, Let's Take A Cue From Our Youth

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 06.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Caroline Riseboro

Numbered at 1.8 billion, the world is now home to the largest generation of young people aged 10 to 24 in its history. Having grown up in a digital era and more connected than ever before, younger generations are able to see the world's boundaries as more fluid, recognizing their shared interests and values with people around the globe.

Attawapiskat Youth Are Ready To Show Canada Their Strength

Cathy Elliott | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Impact
Cathy Elliott

Last month, I wrote about my frustration with how slowly Canada is moving toward reconciliation with First Nations, Metis and Inuit Peoples. I despaired about the bad news coming out of reservations, the streets, the jails, our women and girls, the youth suicides... and wondered if we were ever going to move from pretty words to action.

A Young Person's Guide To Their First Pride

Kids Help Phone | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Kids Help Phone

With Pride festivals kicking off around the country, we sat down with Kids Help Phone Counsellor Shannon to talk about what it's like for a young person to attend their first Pride festival, what issues they face, and the types of conversations they should have with friends, family and allies.