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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Local 2 Global

In celebration of International Development Week (IDW), BC youth were invited to attend “Local 2 Global”, a networking event for individuals to share and inspire others with their amazing accomplishments and goals within the local and global community.


Lost in My Ignorance and Stigma: Walking Through the DTES in 2013’s Women’s Memorial March

I could see office workers in the court building watch us… The court workers quickly turn away. It would be easy to judge them negatively, but I know that I and maybe much of our city seems to do just the same.


TED Conference 2014: Is it Accessible Enough?

While TED is an advocate of exchanging ideas, the major TED conference will only be offered for an “elite” group of people and the minimum ticket price goes for $7500 each… It feels that limiting access to the physical event contradicts their doctrine of “Ideas Worth Spreading.”


Coming to the Table

Some of the best discussions I’ve had with my family occurred at the dinner table over a meal prepared by us all. My peers now live off instant noodles, eggs, and cereal. When they begin families of their own, they won’t be passing down their family’s rich culinary knowledge – because they were “too busy.” I’d like to take this time to bring your attention to this tragedy. Food is what brings us all together as humans, regardless of race, language or creed.


Invitation to Stand for CYH Board of Directors!

Check Your Head is looking for leaders with a passion for social and environmental justice and youth education to serve on our Board of Directors!