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Youth Civic Voices

We are thrilled to offer you a new workshop developed in partnership with the City of Vancouver. Youth Civic Voices invites young people to explore and expand notions of civic engagement, and how they can influence decisions made in the city.

a call to action;

why do we keep breaking, decimating, hating? whether nurture or nature, it’s not about fate─your actions, our actions directly impact future generations who will now never get back to the relative safety of our home today … lately things we do don’t reflect what we…

Poverty Shouldn’t Equal Patronizing

Since November the provincial government has been conducting a series of poverty reduction consultations in communities across the province. I have had the chance to facilitate small table conversations at three of these meetings thus far (Richmond, Burnaby/New West, and Surrey), and have been surprised…

How to Break the Cycle of Poverty? Start by Investing in Children

British Columbia is notable for many things: Views of majestic mountains from our backyards, hiking trails galore for those seeking adventure, and a reliable supply of rainy days on the coast. We also stand out as the province with the second highest poverty rate in…

Students Can Reduce Poverty… And We Have to Start Now

Just like with any big problem, it can be hard to know how to help the homeless people whom we see on the streets. Whether because of the stigma that comes with having no home, or because as a student, I’m often in a hurry,…

Why We Should All Be Marching

Two weeks ago marked the second annual Women’s March, and a number of Check Your Head’s finest came out to march in solidarity with millions of other women world wide. Women’s March Global aims to promote social change in the areas of ending violence, reproductive…

New Year, New Youth Activism!

This year there is a whole lot of programming to look forward to! In 2018 we are working on: 2 brand new youth-led workshops on civics. Are you interested in facilitating one? Let us know! 2 opportunities to meet your elected representatives. Stay tuned for event…

Opinion Piece on UNAC ‘Youth as Peacebuilders Forum

On November 14 – 15, 2017 a great injustice happened in Vancouver. At first glance, one would think the ‘UNAC Youth as Peacebuilders Forum’ would be the pinnacle of youth engagement, the historic breaking of adult oppression on youth voices – but, unsurprisingly, it was…

Marpole Students for Modular Housing

On November 15, four Churchill students had their photo taken for Metro. On November 15, two Churchill students were featured in a CKNW article. On November 15, a Churchill student was interviewed on CBC. As of November 15, we’re famous. Actually though. Why? Because modular…

Elise’s Experience with the Welfare Food Challenge

Over the last few years many people have decided to take up the “Welfare Food Challenge”, an initiative by a local group Raise the Rates, as a way of understanding the struggles people who live on income assistance face in their daily lives. In BC people…

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