May 30

Over the months of April and May, a new podcast called Transitioning Home was released. It’s an audio drama created by a group of young queer, trans, racialized, and straight folks who have lived in the Toronto shelter system. Or didn’t, because staying away seemed safer. This episode is an interview with Jordan Hightower one of the creators of the project. In the conversation he talks about the project, making art out of difficult personal experiences, and we need to listen – even when it’s hard.

You can listen to Transitioning Home at:

www.Transhome.org

http://transitioninghomepodcast.podbean.com/

www.facebook.com/transitioninghomepodcast/

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May 09
On this episode of Your Right To Speak. We talk with Carolyn Acker who is the found of Pathways to Education and is the current interim E.D at For Youth Initiative. Carolyn explains the servicers tat For Youth Initiative (FYI) offers youth and the importance of supporting marginalized youth living in low-income neighborhoods relating to educational attainment. She also explains that For Youth Initiative works with a board age group of youth (15-29) and because they are able to work with youth throughout their time as youth and assist them into adulthood. Carolyn makes it a point to explain that it is important for people working with youth to support youth in accomplishing their dreams and helping marginalized youth who do not believe they are good enough or smart to see beyond that. For Youth Initiative website:http://www.foryouth.ca/    
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May 02

This episode is part two of the conversation we started last week with Veronique Church-Duplessis of White Ribbon. To see the full interview description, visit the write up for the April 25, 2018 episode.

 

To find out more about White Ribbon visit:

Whiteribbon.ca

Itstartswithyou.ca - male role models resources

Draw the Line  SVP for schools - dtl.whiteribbon.ca

 

Or email:

info@whiteribbon.ca

 
 
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Apr 25

In March, we had a conversation about gender-based violence and sexually predatory behaviour, particularly in the music industry. After we posted the episode, we received a lot of very thoughtful, helpful, and critically insightful feedback. As a result of the interview and the responses, we made a commitment to have more conversations about gender-based violence and ways of responding to violence. This episode is part-one of a two-part interview with Veronique Church-Duplessis from White Ribbon. “White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls, promote gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity” (taken from their website).

 

Given the response from the listeners to our last episode. We have decided to post part-two of this conversation next week (May 2) rather than waiting a full month.

 

Thank you to everyone who took the time to listen and reach out to us after the last episode. To see our initial response to comments we received, please visit our Facebook page facebook.com/CYCpodcast

 

To find out more about White Ribbon visit:

Whiteribbon.ca

Itstartswithyou.ca - male role models resources

Draw the Line  SVP for schools - dtl.whiteribbon.ca

Or email:

info@whiteribbon.ca

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Apr 11

On this episode of Your Right to Speak, I talk with Melanie who is a Masters of Social Work student at York University. Melanie has been focusing her research on mental health in post-secondary education. The conversation starts off with Melanie explaining why it is essential to have a discussion on the topic of mental health in post-secondary settings. The conversation then turns to what Melanie has found in her research and some of the gaps in services offered in the post-secondary environment to assist youth, relating to mental health.   

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Mar 28

This episode is a discussion about sexual predators, sexual harassment, sexual abuse in the music industry and ways to respond. Mike Yorke, the editor of CYC Podcast and a working musician talks to Wolfgang about what he has seen in the music industry and his attempts to address it, on a personal level. This episode is a conversation with two men endeavoring to take responsibility for, and find ways to address, sexual violence and misogyny. Towards the end of the episode we consider ways to talk with young men entering into the music industry.

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Mar 14

On this episode of Your Right to Speak, I talk with Michel McKenzie. Who is a motivational speaker and author of the book The CORE 7: Building and Mastering Your Best You. I have been working closely with Michel on a program he has developed called POWER. The POWER program is meant to motivate marginalized youth and teach them goal-setting skills.  Michel talks about why it is important for youth living in low income neighbourhoods and how to look beyond the challenges that are in front of them. Michel explains some of the gaps in low income neighbourhoods and what he has experienced living within one himself. Please see below for the link to Michel’s book. Let’s raise awareness together!

Link: https://www.amazon.ca/CORE7-Building-Mastering-Your-Best/dp/0994927320 

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Feb 28

Amelia Merhar discusses a participatory arts-based inquiry project she co-researched with young adults who have lived in Canada’s child welfare system. In her fun, engaging, and pointed way she talks about methodology, findings, outcomes and what art can do that other forms of research might not be able to. Amelia is an artist, researcher, facilitator, youth worker, policy analyst, and pretty amazing person. To read her work, see her art, and listen to her music visit https://ameliamerhar.wordpress.com.

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Feb 07
On this episode of Your Right to Speak we talk with Freddy Brobbey who has his own music company JustOverMusic. Freddy is the Creative Director/Producer at JustOverMusic and works within the York South Weston community in Toronto. We talk about his work and how power can have positive impacts on young people. The majority of Freddy’s works is decreasing the stigma of entering the music world. The underlying theme of Freddy’s work is mentorship and guiding young people on a positive path. The conversation turns on the stigmas that the youth who Freddy works with face and the impacts of systemic oppression.  As well as some of the barriers to the grant system and the not for profit sector. 
 
JustOverMusic website: https://justovermusic.com/crew/
 
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Jan 31

In this episode, Wolfgang speaks with Dr. Kiran Modi about alternative care in India. A country with more children than the total population (children, youth, adults) of “the English-speaking countries” combined (Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia, Britain, Canada, and USA). About 31 million of these children are orphans, homeless, street-involved or otherwise lack parental care. In our conversation, Dr. Modi addresses reasons for the high numbers of children in need, effective and ineffective responses, successful programs, cultural specificity, funding, and research into alternative care in a South Asian context.

Dr. Modi, is the founder & managing trustee of Udayan Care, a New Delhi-based child rights organization, which provides homes, schooling, mentorship, employment, offered through 15 small group care homes in 8 states of India. To learn more about Udayan Care visit http://www.udayancare.org/ and to read the peer reviewed Institutionalised Children Explorations and Beyond: An International Journal on Alternative Care visit http://www.indianjournals.com/ijor.aspx?target=ijor:iceb&type=home

 

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Jan 10

On this episode of Your Right to Speak, Sammy speaks with Smyrna, a team member of Yantics which is an onling outlet for youth networking. Smyrna gives some examples on how adults can sometimes discrimination against young people and explains the sometimes it is not attentional. The conversation then turns to the importance of adult youth partnership, the benefits of mentorship and how both young people and adults can learn from each other.

 

For more information on Yantics please see below

Yantics.com is a by youth, for youth website developed for youth to network, connect, promote themselves, find help and assistance, be entertained, shop and share their ideas all in one spot.

Website: www.Yantics.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/yanticsdotcom

Twitter: www.twitter.com/yanticsdotcom

Tumblr: yantics.tumblr.com

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiJ_rn9HdBOokSas_oMgFOg   

Facebook page: Yantics Youth

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Dec 27

In this interview, Maria Lotty discusses six principles of trauma-informed care, and how to integrate these principles when working with children and youth, particularly in the context of foster parenting. Maria is a practicing Fostering Social Worker and PhD student at the University College Cork (UCC), in Ireland. Maria has a background in youth work, residential social work and child protection. She is currently undertaking a research collaboration between UCC and Tulsa- Family and Child Agency involving the design, development and evaluation of Fostering Connections, a Trauma-informed Foster Care Program.

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Dec 13

On this episode of Your Right To Speak, Salvatore talks with Mafo about violence against women. Mafo explains the gasp in services offered with a focus on the shelter system.  The conversation turns to how there are systemic issues and that there needs to be better funding provided by the government to make services more efficient. 

 

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Nov 29

In this conversation, Liam Curran talks about FASDs, what they are, there prevalence in the child welfare system, issues with diagnoses, and responding from a social perspective.

Liam is a social worker, Certified CDC Educator of FASDs, and a member of the Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF) at McGill university, Montreal. He is currently undertaking his PhD at Concordia University, Montreal, focusing on how social workers respond to FASDs in child welfare settings. Liam has researched and published numerous articles, chapters and co-authored a book on the topic of FASDs.

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Nov 08

On this episode of Your Right to Speak, Salvatore talks with Elena Gordon who is the Youth Justice Case Lead at For Youth Initiative. Elena talks about the gaps within the youth justice sector and the need for change in the sector. Elena stresses in the conversation there needs to be more education offered to young people regarding youth justice. The discussion then turns to the pros and cons of utilizing restorative justice.  For more information For Youth Initiative, please visit http://www.foryouth.ca/

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