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The School Cafeteria Dilemma

Unfortunately, as I’m walking into schools through the front doors, I am hit with a waft of frozen breakfast sandwiches and smiley-faced fries. Should this be what youth are fed every morning?

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At Maladjusted: A Poignant Reminder of How the System Defines Us

Maladjusted is presented by Theatre for Living (formerly headlines). It is an experiential and interactive play based on Augusto’s Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed. It presents a short play about how health care currently treats the mentally ill. After that, members of the audience may replace the actors as they reenact scenes.

NEW DEADLINE! – Actualizing Change

Thursday, April 11 is the new deadline to submit your actions to Check Your Head’s Actualizing Change program! To get your creative and social justice juices flowing, check out this inspirational video from the young folks at Project Gratisvore, one of the successful Actualizing Change projects in 2012.

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Actualizing Change: Submit Your Action Ideas!

This Spring, Check Your Head is helping you breathe life into your action ideas! We are inviting youth (under 30) to submit action ideas that focus on one of two themes: Gender & Media or Alternative Transportation. Four action ideas will be selected to receive funds of $200 or $100 to see the action come to life!

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Rethinking Our Culture of Competition

We live in a society that assumes competition is the best way to advance individual and collective well being. However, is this really true, or just something that has been normalized? I argue that the culture of competition we live in is not something that is normal, but rather learned, and is deeply embedded in our conception of human nature.

Actualizing Change 2013

We have exciting news coming soon about the next round of “Actualizing Change”, Check Your Head’s program to help breathe life into innovative, youth-led actions. While we get set to share more information with you later this week, check out this inspiring video by Kids for Climate Action, one of the successful Actualizing Change projects in 2012.

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Recognize, Revitalize, and Reconnect: A Recap of The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives 2013 Fundraising Gala

Recently I had the privilege of attending the annual fundraising gala for the Canadian Centre of Policy Alternatives (CCPA). I use the word privilege because it felt truly special to be in the same room with so many inspiring people working individually and collectively to effect positive change across a multitude of platforms.

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Kinder Surprises Made for Girls

The new girls’ Kinder Surprise is bluntly advertised as such: for girls. With its pink packaging and a specific “girl toy” on the inside, it makes me wonder if we truly need more things to define the perfect box that all young women should fit into.

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The Normalization of Intimate Partner Violence in Beauty and the Beast

Although it may happen behind closed doors, violence against women is a public issue that has serious psychological, social and physical consequences. This short clip from the documentary Mickey Mouse Monopoly is useful for teaching about how Disney films socialize girls to accept and overlook intimate partner violence.

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For the Love of Local Food

Supporting local agriculture cuts down on your carbon footprint, provides you with more nutritious food, and contributes to food security and your local economy.