Dear Check Your Head supporters,
This is the last thing I will write to you as CYH’s Education Program Coordinator. Working at Check — an org that values the kind of education which truly empowers youth — has been, well, a learning experience. Really truly. After all, this was my first “big kid job,” right out of university! And with an org I had known about and admired since I was an eager 17 year old rebel, keen to cut my teeth on social justice organizing. Needless to say, leaving CYH is an emotional step for me.
Throughout my time at CYH, I was able to connect with a league of young folks like me who have the drive to shake things up, and to pull on their slew of skills to stand for justice. I want to thank all the amazing volunteers and interns that I had the pleasure of working with — folks like you keep my faith in humanity alive. Thank you to CYH’s incredible, hard-working Board — I appreciate so much how much heavy-lifting we all got done with your help at our “retreats”. Thank you for the patience and good humour of my talented co-workers over the last two years — Anastasia, Erica, Tahia, Emily, Milad, Krysta, Kaitlin, and Isabel. And thanks to the hundreds of youth who listened to my rants and went through all those awkward ice breakers with me when I visited their classrooms, after school groups, and community spaces. Hearing high school student share their thoughts on anti-oppression, gender justice, environmentalism and more was always humbling and hugely heart warming. I will miss having this be what I do for work.
Our city and our world needs to fuel critical thinking and Check has been at the forefront of showing youth that they can make a meaningful difference. I am proud to have contributed my efforts towards this awesome mission. I hope this important work can continue for another twenty years and beyond, and, looking forward, I know I’ll always be a member of the CYH fam.
All the best to all of you!