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Coming Together to “Defend Our Coast”

At several points throughout the day, the crowd of thousands took up the chant “the people, united, will never be defeated.” For the first time in a long while, I really felt the power of this statement. Each of us was a pebble, and while…

Taking Action Against Violence

At the end of an amazing year with our Youth and Gender Media Project volunteers, Check Your Head wanted to measure the impact that they made in the community.

Megan Kamerick’s TED Talk on Women in Media

According to the Global Media Monitoring Project 2012, only 24% of women are news subjects even though we make up half the population and in addition to this, only 20% of experts quoted in stories are women. Even in stories of gender based violence, men…

Building Community Through Storytelling

Every first Friday of the month volunteers with CYH’s Youth and Gender Media Project gather over delicious home-made crock pot meals and baked goodies for two hours of discussion, laughter, and creativity. I find that every meeting I walk away with a new understanding of…

Farming for the Future

Famous chef and campaigner for fresh, Jamie Oliver, recently went to “the most obese city” in the US, and asked elementary school students to identify fruits and vegetables by sight, in their natural forms. Sadly, many of them couldn’t even tell the difference between a…

Judith Butler: A truly amazing story teller

Walking down Granville Street towards the Vogue theatre the first thing I noticed was a gigantic line curving around the block. “Surely”, I thought, “that’s not for Judith Butler…” It was.

Mentorship in the Youth and Gender Media Project

For the past seven months I have had the privilege of taking part in the Youth and Gender Media Project with Check Your Head. Developing facilitation skills, engaging with my peers, and having the opportunity to participate in and help lead workshops that critically engage…

CYH Volunteer Shama Dhalwani

My Experience at Check Your Head

In early August, I had my first experience working as a volunteer with Check Your Head. I first heard about this experience through friends at school and I hoped that it would be something that would interest me. Being in Grade 12 this coming year…

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