The environmental movement and “green” capitalism

Today is World Environment Day 2018! Environmentalism has become one of the largest and most influential social movement to arise in the last century. Through a critical look into the environmental movement, ecological modernization, and corporate responsibility,  we look at how the movement has been adapted to “green” consumerism wit the illusionary ideology that consumerism can be compatible … Continue reading The environmental movement and “green” capitalism

#MentalHealthMay: Mental health and social media

It is evident that we can no longer talk about mental health without mentioning how our addiction to technology, our smartphones, and the various online platforms that we visit daily, can negatively impact our mental well-being. Increasingly, studies are showing the negative effects social media can have on our mental health.1 According to a report by … Continue reading #MentalHealthMay: Mental health and social media

#MentalHealthMay: How I keep myself mentally healthy

Last November, our youth committee, Youth in Partnership (YiP), hosted a mental health art contest asking young people in Windsor-Essex to submit an original art piece demonstrating how they keep themselves mentally healthy. The response was amazing!  Youth all across the city submitted incredibly creative and fun artwork pieces showcasing how they keep themselves mentally healthy. I was … Continue reading #MentalHealthMay: How I keep myself mentally healthy

#MentalHealthMay: For colored girls who have considered suicide

This week, May 7-13, was Canadian Mental Health Association's (CMHA) annual Mental Health Week. I have dedicated the month of May to covering topics around mental health and mental wellness. #MentalHealthMay  for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf is popular literature by Ntozake Shange. While I have not read the book yet, I was … Continue reading #MentalHealthMay: For colored girls who have considered suicide

Meaningful youth engagement: Multiple contexts, multiple realities, multiple approaches

"Meaningful youth engagement is an inclusive, intentional, mutually-respectful partnership between youth and adults whereby power is shared, respective contributions are valued, and young people's ideas, perspectives, skills, and strengths are integrated into the design and delivery of programs, strategies, policies, funding." - YouthPower  In its most basic form, youth engagement is about getting youth to participate … Continue reading Meaningful youth engagement: Multiple contexts, multiple realities, multiple approaches

Fostering critical consciousness to empower youth

Why Youth Engagement?  In my post, Youth citizenship: An intersectional analysis, I briefly touched on the importance of youth engagement to provide young people the knowledge and skill sets needed so they can become active citizens that contribute to building healthy communities and a stronger nation. Youth are important sources of knowledge and power, and should be … Continue reading Fostering critical consciousness to empower youth