Canada Youth

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.

I Love How Sports Transcend Barriers To Let Us Come Together

Jagneet Singh | Posted 05.02.2016 | Canada Living
Jagneet Singh

Simply put, sports has a way of connecting people. When you throw on your team colours, you're no longer a Sikh, Jew, Christian, White, or Black. You're simply a fan. And the only thing that matters in that moment is realizing the dream of seeing your team lift up the trophy one day and host a parade on your home streets.

A Longing More Than Met

Kathryn Streeter | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathryn Streeter

From my earliest moments as a new mother, I'd longed for my daughter to experience the same enjoyment from reading and falling into a good book that I'd felt in my youth. I pictured us walking in tandem in our mutual appreciation for stories, unpacking plots and characters for each other as we bonded in conversation.

Canada's Drug Policy Failed Me As A Teenage Heroin Addict

International Centre for Science in Drug Policy | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Impact
International Centre for Science in Drug Policy

Over the five years I spent seeking treatment, my family and I encountered a seemingly endless series of obstacles -- from programs that couldn't accommodate me, to waiting lists that lasted much longer than my desire to get clean -- all of which combined to feel like the treatment system was designed for me to fail.

Canada's Youth Win Big With The Federal Budget

Kids Help Phone | Posted 03.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Kids Help Phone

Canada's youth are the biggest winners from Tuesday's federal budget, but not in the way you'd expect. Buried deep inside the budget, well below the commendable financial commitments to First Nations, families and young children, is a potential game-changer for young people -- plans to create the first ever Prime Minister's Youth Council.

If You Had To Live From A Backpack, What Would You Bring?

Megan Radford | Posted 03.10.2016 | Canada Living
Megan Radford

There are times where living out of a backpack is forced upon us. Homelessness, war or even a mundane loss of luggage in transit make our backpacks less of an accessory and more of a lifeline. When I was living with my family in Senegal in 2012, I almost had one of those circumstances happen to me.

Building A Ship To Catch The Liberal Wave On Campuses

Jonathan Scott | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Scott

We decided early on that, while we would of course ensure we had messaging towards youth across the country, and support young campaigners in constituencies nationwide, our focus had to be tailored to where we could be most effective. We decided to focus our efforts organizing constituencies with campuses.

Homelessness Isn't Always Something You Can See

360⁰kids | Posted 03.03.2016 | Canada Living
360⁰kids

I am fading in and out of the conversation -- lost between the hum of the bus and the fact that it's after 10 p.m. On any regular night, I'd be getting ready to go to bed and thinking about school the next day. Tonight I'm trying to get out of -20 degrees Celsius and find us all a bed.

The Night I Chose To Be Homeless

360⁰kids | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Living
360⁰kids

Each year, 360⁰kids -- an organization that provides a range of services to York Region's homeless youth -- encourages local community members to experience homelessness, just for one night a year. Last March, our group made it through some bone-chilling temperatures. I will do it again this year. For more than 300 youth in a region that's home to large detached homes and flourishing businesses, they've lost count of how many nights they've been homeless. It's an issue that doesn't get enough attention.

Why Solutions For Syria Need To Involve Youth

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 02.23.2016 | Canada Living
Debbie Wolfe

Any meaningful and inclusive peace process entails the inclusion of young people. That's why World Vision Canada is urging the Government of Canada to focus on ensuring their voices are heard. Let's involve them in the discussion. By doing so, I'm convinced we will arrive at sustainable solutions we could never have imagined without them.

I Will Never Look At Youth Homelessness The Same Again

360⁰kids | Posted 02.22.2016 | Canada Living
360⁰kids

I can't truly explain how exhausting, challenging and incredibly cold this night was. I had been given a real-life scenario of a homeless youth as a part of 360°kids' 360°Experience. Our experience had us stepping into the shoes of a 16-year-old male, who was unsafe at home and had to leave quickly to save himself.

5 Things First Nations Want In Canada

Monique Caissie | Posted 02.22.2016 | Canada Living
Monique Caissie

The way we have treated aboriginals in Canada is our great shame. This week confirmed to me that they are collectively more forgiving and forward thinking than our previous governments' racist policies. I am not new to these stories. While working in youth protection, I saw the pain in families torn apart by the legacy of residential schools. A little known fact about the residential schools is that when they were built, these were the only schools in Canada that included a cemetery to bury the children that would die. This is our legacy.

I Have Mourned 14 Deaths By Suicide, Isn't That Enough?

Alicia Raimundo | Posted 02.19.2016 | Canada Living
Alicia Raimundo

I have been to 14 funerals since turning 17 years old. Fourteen people who were friends, co-workers, crushes, debate partners, school mates and amazing members of the world's community. Fourteen people whose families and friends I sat next to at funeral services, whom I heard whisper "If I would have known," "How could I miss the signs?" and the awful "How could they do this to us?"

No Home For The Holidays

Alex Abramovich | Posted 12.23.2015 | Canada Living
Alex Abramovich

The holiday season is truly a magical time of year. It is a time for giving, reflection, and appreciation. Many individuals and organizations come together and show thanks by donating what they can to those in need. Unfortunately, the holidays will not be magical for everyone, especially not for a high proportion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and 2-Spirit (LGBTQ2S) youth who have experienced familial, societal, and institutional rejection. The holidays can be an especially lonely time for many, particularly for those without a safe place to call home.

Canada's Youth Need More And Better Opportunities

Rossann Williams | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Business
Rossann Williams

Young people represent a vital and untapped resource for Canadian business, but many employers don't have clear strategies to recruit, train and retain them.

G20 Leaders Pledge To Foster Youth Entrepreneurship

Winston Chan | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Business
Winston Chan

During the Summit, G20 leaders discussed urgent issues such the terrorist attacks in Paris. The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke about another crisis that isn't receiving much media attention -- global youth unemployment.

An Early Lesson In Financial Literacy Creates Empowered Adults

JA Canada | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Business
JA Canada

My firm belief is that if my kids are to become financially savvy young adults, they must have diverse and varied experience with handling money as soon as they can understand what it represents. If this education is absent, there are some clear dangers in navigating life's money minefield.

This Election We Found Out What It Takes To Inspire The Youth Vote

Grant Gordon | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Grant Gordon

The challenge isn't simply to get youth to vote. First, you have to inspire youth about the act of voting itself. There's no point in getting youth to vote if it's an activity they really would rather not be doing; that won't form a lifelong habit of voting. You have to first sell the benefits of voting before you can push youth to the polls.

The UN SDGs Can Use Its Weakness As Its Strength

Kourosh Houshmand | Posted 11.14.2015 | Canada Impact
Kourosh Houshmand

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are a commitment ratified by the United Nations and 193 signatory states -- the largest participation since the UN's inception. These SDGs are not about environmentalism; they're about the sustainable direction of the world -- be it social, socio-economic, or environmental.

Dealing With A Sassy Tween

Her Magazine | Posted 11.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

Remember that it is completely natural for tweens to argue with us. They are assessing their sense of independence. They are learning the skills to become independent, well-adjusted adults. Even if right now we feel like throttling them.