Nov 09

On this episode of Your Right to Speak Salvatore and Jenn continue on the topic of sexual abuse. The guest Stewart is a volunteer at an agency called The Gatehouse. Stewart  talks about his experience as being  sexual abuse as a child and the peer support program that is offered at The Gatehouse that are free. The focus is that people are coming into The Gatehouse to heal. There is talk about the unique atmosphere create in The Gatehouse. For example how a child and adult is given a teddy bear when they come into The Gatehouse. There is also talk how there needs to be more services for man who are sexually abused. Stewart talks about the stigma of how people who are sexually abuse are often thought of as being sexual offenders.

If you are a child or youth that would like to be on the show or if you have a topic that you think we should talk about please email Salvatore at yourrighttospeak@gmail.com

To hear Stewart radio show please go to: 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/personaltransformation  

The Gatehouse website: http://thegatehouse.org/

The Gatehouse Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGatehouseChildAbuseInvestigationSupportSite/?__mref=message_bubble

The Gatehouse Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/TheGatehouseChildAbuseInvestigationSupportSite/?__mref=message_bubble

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Aug 10

On this episode of Your Right to Speak we introduce Jenn as the new co-host. We talk with Laura and Bruce who are member of an Organization called Ontario Autism Coalition. Laura and Bruce talk about the recent IBI age cut off and how there fought for change. The conversation then turns to gaps within the education system and how teachers could better work with student with disabilities.

Ontario Autism Coalition website: http://ontarioautismcoalition.com/

Ontario Autism Coalition Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/4179793644/

If you are a child or youth that would like to be on the show or if you have a topic that you think we should talk about please email Salvatore at yourrighttospeak@gmail.com

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Jul 13

On this episode, we talk with Joey who is the lead of digital media for Pride Toronto. Joey talks about how he feels society more accepting towards the LGBTQ+ community however, there are some challenges.  


If you are a child or youth that would like to be on the show or if you have a topic that you think we should talk about please email Salvatore at yourrighttospeak@gmail.com         
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Jun 29
In this episode we explore the relationship between youth and adult allies, particularly as it relates to issues of injustice. Dr. Hava Gordon discusses some of the justice issues that young people in the US face, particualry as they relate to schooling, and looks at what the role of adult’s are in supporting youth movements. She introduces several suggestions on how to be an ally, some of the challenges of being one, and suggestions on how to avoid aspects that can limit ones capacity to be an ally.
Dr. Gordon is an associate professor of Sociology and Criminology  at the University of Denver. Her work focuses on the social construction of inequalities such as gender, race, class and age; social movements, and schooling. Her current research is on community struggles over urban school reform, and is the subject of her upcoming book This is Our School! Race, Resistance, and Community Struggles over School Reform.




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Jun 08
On this weeks episode, we say farewell to our co-host, Josh. Best of luck to him and his future endeavours! The two guests on the show are Melissa and Maria, who are peers of Salvatore (Sammy). The topic of the show talks about how sexuality is a spectrum and the different challenges facing the LGBTQ + community. There is also talk around the coming out process. 

If are you a child or youth that would like to be on the show or if you have a topic that you think we should talk about please email Salvatore at yourrighttospeak@gmail.com
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May 25

In this interview: Star, who wrote the zine series “Confessions of a Teenage Transexual Whore” talks about their time doing sex work and making art. They also discuss reasons people do sex work, how to support people who are engaged in such work, and what harm reduction might look like in those contexts. Star, who also uses the name Markus, is a visual artist, writer, student, educator, trans, videographer, and activist. They are currently doing an undergraduate degree in sociology and actively making art. You can find much of their work at starkisscreations.com

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May 11

On this episode we talk with Megan, a recent graduate from Humber Colleges Child and Youth Care Degree. Megan talks with Sammy and Josh about her thesis on sections 43 of the Canadian criminal code and corporal punishment. The 3 discuss how children are viewed and how the discourse of a child needs to change to match the current times. The discussion then focuses on parenting and the use of corporal punishment as a parenting tool and the challenges with that.  It was also noted that communication with the young person is really important to start moving away from using corporal punishment.  


If you are a child/youth that would like to be on the show or if you have an idea of what you think we should talk about please email Sammy and Josh at  yourrighttospeak@gmail.com       

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Mar 09

On this episode of Your Right to Speak, Chelsea, from the Ontario Provincial Advocates Office, talks about a new report called Searching for Home. Taking into consideration the voices of young people, the report looks at barriers within the child welfare system. Chelsea discusses why “family” is not defined in the report, the lack of young people’s voice in developing “Plans of Care”, and how adultism impacts young people. 

Searching For Home Report: http://provincialadvocate.on.ca/documents/en/ResidentialCareReport_En.pdf 

If you are a child/youth that would like to be on the show or if you have an idea of what you think we should talk about please email Sammy and Josh at yourrighttospeak@gmail.com  

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Feb 10

For this black history month episode of Your Right to Speak, Sammy and Josh welcome back past guests Denise and Priscilla. The conversation begins with the meaning of the term black and the impact on young people in the social service system. The discussion then turns to issues the black community faces in the child welfare system. There is also talk around how the system needs to move away from a cultural competence framework, and the need for better ways to understand the different culture perceptive. An interesting point was made that the term neglect needs to be redefined to better fit different cultures. It was stressed that public services and policy makers needs to take into consideration the day to day experiences of communities that policy impacts. 

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Jan 13

On this episode of Your Right to Speak Sammy introduce Josh, the new co-host for the show. Sammy and Josh talk with Jenn about stigma faced by people who are members of the mental health community. Jenn discusses the negative impact young people often experience when they disclose that they have mental health issues. She stresses the importance for people working within the mental community to have strong active listening skill and for workers to see the positive side of people who live with mental health challenges.

 

If you are a child/youth that would like to be on the show or if you have an idea of what you think we should talk about please email Sammy and Josh at yourrighttospeak@gmail.com

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Dec 09

In this episode of Your Right to Speak, Sammy talks with his colleague from the Ontario Provincial Advocates Office, Josh. The conversation covers many issues gay black youth face from within gay and black communities. Josh discusses racism, shadeism, class, homophobia, pornography, and whiteness. He stresses the point that the 2SLGBTQ+ community is very diverse and needs to stop working in silos. He ends the conversation talking about how to support the diverse needs of children and youth without reproducing oppression.

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Nov 11

On This episode of Your Right to Speak, Sammy talks with Denise, Priscella and Erica who are members of the Hairstory team at the Ontario Provincial Advocates Office. The conversation is about the many issues black children, youth and families face within the care system. They discuss the over representation of black children and youth in the care of Children’s Aid, the racial bases staff have towards black children and youth, and the importance of cultural competence and cultural compassion in the care system. The interviewees stress the need for more black families to become foster parents and the stigma within the black community about the care system.

Let’s Raise Awareness Together!    

You can follow Hairstory on facebook : 

https://www.facebook.com/storyofmyhair

Also through the hashtags:  #hairstory, #blackyouth #untanglingtheroots, 

If you are a child/youth that would like to be on the show or if you have an idea of what you think we should talk about please email Sammy at yourrighttospeak@gmail.com

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Oct 14

Sammy speaks with Sheldon who works at the Ontario Provincial Advocates office for Children and youth. Sheldon is a team member of Our Voice Our Turn. This project goal is to elevate the voices of young people within the child welfare system. Sheldon talks about a recent update about the project and the impact the project has had on the Ontario welfare system. Sheldon also talks about a new release from the Ontario Ministry of Child and Youth Services and the changes that have been made. 

My real life book report:http://www.provincialadvocate.on.ca/documents/en/ylc/YLC_REPORT_ENG.pdf

If you are a child/youth what would like to be on the show or if you have an idea of what you think we should talk about please email me atyourrighttospeak@gmail.com  

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Nov 26

This podcast returns listeners to the voices of young people who have direct experience in the youth social service system. Julian is a young man who went into Children’s Aid during his adolescence. His time in care coincided with his coming out process. Julian speaks about the support, and lack thereof, he received from those around him. He offers suggestions on how to help young people coming out and makes several recommendation for ways to improve the system for young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) children and youth in care.

Julian is a former trainer with Connect to Youth a program that delivers workshops to service providers. All the trainers are young people with direct experience in the youth social service system. Julian was instrumental in developing our workshops for supporting LGBTQ youth in care, which we continue to deliver at Children’s Aid Societies.

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Feb 26

After facing violent homophobia in his country of birth, Ali (a pseudonym) left seeking a safe place to live. In this podcast, Ali shares his experiences growing up in a community where his sexual orientation put him at risk for physical violence, the decision to come to Canada, and what it is like to be a young refugee living in Toronto. He talks about the challenges he faced once he arrives and the surprising turns his life has taken over the past year.

This episode is not an interview; the entire podcast is Ali sharing his story.

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