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    Youth Spotlight: Meet Sadia

    Tell us about the work you do:  I am a youth mental health advocate based in Toronto, ON. I worked with youth across Canada to start conversations about mental health and discuss the role it plays in our lives. I am especially passionate about discussing mental health education, in both our schools and communities. I strongly believe that everyone should grow up having the basic education they need to take proper care of themselves.  What inspires you? I am inspired by the youth I talk to through my work. I love hearing their stories and different lived experiences. It helps open by eyes to the unique experiences youth are dealing…

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    Youth Spotlight: Meet Bianca & Maliha

    Tell us about the work you do? Stay Woke is a youth non-profit organization striving to promote a culture of social awareness through creativity. Ultimately, our goal is to amplify youth voices and build a community of youth change-makers. We do so through various projects and events, including an annual open-mic + gallery event, Framed: a digital arts magazine, the Get out of My Head podcast, Stay Aware: a multimedia discussion circle, and #StayWokeSundays (informative graphics surrounding social issues).  What inspires you?  Our inspiration stems from our personal passions for both creativity and social change. Initially, our desire to advocate for important social issues, especially through creative mediums such as…

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    Food insecurity during the pandemic

    CTV News reports that the number of Canadian struggling to put good, nutritious food on the table is increasing at alarming rates. Many families are struggling as a result of layoffs and the economic down turn caused by the pandemic. Before the pandemic – an estimated 4.5 million Canadians experienced food insecurity First two months of the pandemic – that number had grown 39%. This means that food insecurity was affecting 1 in 7 households nationwide. It is important to note that food insecurity disproportionately affects low income and BIPOC communities. When asked what a mother was struggling with most, she said it was seeing her kids realize that they…

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    Sewing kit

    By: Zahra Z Turn your old eyeglass case into a practical sewing repair kit. There are tons of ways to go about doing this and many items that you can place inside, including: Putting a new cover on the case Making a pincushion out of fabric and cotton Scissors, thread, needles, buttons You can create multiple kits and store them around the house, in your car, or even in your purse for those fashion emergencies. I came across this idea online and it inspired me to reuse the two eyeglass cases that I have at home. I think it is a creative idea for anyone who is in need of…

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    Everyday teddy kits

    By: Vivian Y. The Everyday Kit is quite self explanatory; it simply includes various basics that children would find beneficial during the average day. Some things it would include are deodorant, tissue boxes, a hair comb, teddy bear, a packable blanket, and hand sanitizer. Anyone could benefit from this care package, as it provides individuals with several basic necessities that could help anyone’s day feel slightly better. These products are suited for this package theme as many of them are not discardable (eg. the comb, packable blanket, teddy bear) and is also convenient to carry around as everything would be packed using minimal space. This is meaningful to me because…

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    COVID-19’s & Children’s Mental Health

    By: Muzna E. Since the pandemic began in Canada, it has affected many families financially and mentally. According to a CAMH  Policy report published in July,  2020, 50% of Canadians’ mental health had worsened since the pandemic. It has been shown by the Public Affairs Annual Mental Health Index survey 2019 that children were equally as affected. For the first time ever, the Public Affairs Annual Mental Health Index survey had included children; they assed half of Ontario children and found just how much covid-19 had affected children. The health index found that children are at risk for mental issues, with 30 percent being high-risk and 19 percent with moderate…

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    COVID-19’s & Children’s Education

    By: Vivian Y. When schools were reopening, school districts had a rough time deciding on how to approach the situation. While there were many factors to ponder over, most school boards decided on a general take. Many decided on online school, while some others chose to try a hybrid learning model. Many students were given the choice towards which learning method they’d prefer, which was proven to lessen some stress. While these changes were hard to adapt to, it also offered many students a better path. Many individuals tend to do better online, as physically getting to school can often affect children’s sleep schedule and mental health. Being offered this…

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    Building new skills

    By: Muzna E. I have always loved volunteering as it allowed me to advocate and work on issues that I care about, but it has also led me to build and learn new skills. As a journalism student, I am always learning ways to develop my writing skills in different mediums. Currently, I am working/volunteering at The Organization Of World Peace. Through this volunteering experience, I learn and inform the public about current conflicts and crises worldwide and what we can do to find solutions!Through this experience, I have learned how to look at information critically and present information in a way where it is concise and attractive to the…

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    Branching out

    By: Vivian Y. During this quarantine, I’ve personally made it my personal mission to branch out and discover new ideas and opportunities. Through this method, I’ve found several prospects such as volunteering organizations, and even small businesses that sold products that I was interested in. I’ve found this organization, multiple small businesses, and I’ve been indulged with useful information. During these times, many may feel as though they have limited options when it comes to occurrences such as volunteering, or discovering new chances. However, it’s crucial to note that you’re never limited no matter the circumstances, and continue to branch out on your own. Volunteering is important to me as…

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    Learning online during a pandemic

    By: Vivian Yan When schools were reopening, school districts had a rough time deciding on how to approach the situation. While there were many factors to ponder over, most school boards decided on a general take. Many decided on online school, while some others chose to try a hybrid learning model. Many students were given the choice towards which learning method they’d prefer, which was proven to lessen some stress. While these changes were hard to adapt to, it also offered many students a better path. Many individuals tend to do better online, as physically getting to school can often affect children’s sleep schedule and mental health. Being offered this…