Youth cafés: creating youth-friendly spaces

Providing physical spaces where young people feel valued and empowered is essential to positive youth development. Safe spaces for youth should be places where young people can come together to express themselves and engage in decision-making processes that impact their lives. Youth should have an active and on-going role in creating a youth-friendly space, including … Continue reading Youth cafés: creating youth-friendly spaces

Demonizing the tool(s) is scapegoating

Addiction, for the most part, is escapism. Most addictions are the result of individuals trying to escape the unappealing realities of life, be it pain, loss, emotional turmoil and suffering. Pretty much anything can become an addiction, including alcohol, drugs, sex, food, gambling, and video games, if used excessively as a coping mechanism. The widely … Continue reading Demonizing the tool(s) is scapegoating

Another blog post about the benefits of physical exercise for mental health (and how to exercise more)

Just in case you had any doubts regarding how beneficial exercise is for mental wellbeing, a simple search on Google for the benefits of exercise for mental health pulls up about 250,000,000 results. Exercise is a powerful method for mantaining our mental wellbeing. It promotes changes in the brain that support neural growth, reduce inflammation, and create … Continue reading Another blog post about the benefits of physical exercise for mental health (and how to exercise more)

On youth work and bullshit jobs

Before I was fairly educated and passionate about social change, I was the almost-all-encompassing poster child for Canada's oppressed and marginalized group: A young, poor immigrant black girl living in one of Toronto's priority neighbourhoods. Fast forward a few years and post-secondary education, I was elated to have stumbled into the field of youth work. … Continue reading On youth work and bullshit jobs