YCRH: The voices of young people must not go unheard

YCRH group photo

By Alyssa Frampton, Young Canadians Roundtable on Health

We often hear MPs talk - especially around election time - about the value of young people and their voice. However, often it seems impossible for youth to amplify their voice loud enough to be heard. This has been the scenario for Guelph youth Noah Irving, whose story appeared this week in Guelph Today. After sending over 338 letters calling for a national suicide prevention plan to all MPs, he received only about a 12 per cent response rate. There needs to be a better way for youth to be heard when it comes to issues around health especially. These are not siloed issues and what affects youth often affects everyone in some way.

The Young Canadians Roundtable on Health (YCRH) believes in the value of listening to youth and having them be active participants in wellness. We hope to see more MPs extend an ear when young people are trying to share their experiences and recommendations to move the health system, their health system forward. Through our Health Rights and Responsibilties Project launching on October 12, the YCRH will be calling on MPs to review the health rights of young people and consider the gaps in the system that are stopping them from accessing those rights. We hope that the health concerns of young people will not continue to go unheard and that together we can drive positive change for the future of youth health. 

Dad Central Introduces the Dad Directory

Do you have a community program, service, or resource for fathers that you would like to promote?

Dad Central is developing a Dad Directory of resources, programs, and supports for fathers across Canada. You can find the directory and add your resources here

About Dad Central

Dad Central Canada works to promote Father Involvement in Canada by:

  • Identifying and establishing best practices across Canada and around the world that connect and enhance fatherhood services
  • Supporting provincial and local efforts focused on engaging fathers by being a portal for information, education and research for fatherhood initiatives
  • Advocating on issues affecting fatherhood on a national scale

To learn more, contact Brian Russell at Dad Central. 

The EduTOX Video Challenge is back!

Contest opens Tuesday, September 5th

Back for its second year, the EduTOX Video Challenge is giving young people a platform to promote awareness and action on the environment and health - and a chance to be nationally recognized for their leadership. EduTOX invites young people ages 14 to 22 to make creative and compelling short videos that will get Canadians thinking about and taking action to reduce health impacts from everyday harmful toxins or climate change. In short, EduTOX is about youth leading the way to a healthier world in which to live, grow, work, and play.

The Sandbox Project is proud to be part of a project team that includes Pollution Probe, Health Canada, the University of Ottawa, the David Suzuki Foundation, Great-West Life, the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, the Canadian Partnership for Children's Health and Environment, the Starfish Canada, Terra20 and TELUS. More information about EduTOX project partners can be found here

Stay connected

Follow @EduTOXvideo on Twitter, and EduTOX on Facebook for the latest contest updates. Information resources are available for teachers and professors to share with your students. Please email the EduTOX team to learn more.