Youth Speak News serving youth for 10 years

  • September 15, 2009
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Youth Speak News (YSN), a program run by The Catholic Register to bring you news about Catholic youth across the country.

Every year, YSN has featured a team of talented young writers from coast to coast, who provide our readers insight into youth events and issues, while sharing the challenges and triumphs they encounter in each of their personal faith journeys. In return, YSN offers them guidance in their writing, information gathering, photography and interviewing techniques.

“Youth Speak News was a great help for me in my studies towards becoming a journalist,” said Andre-Joseph Cordeiro, a Montreal-based member from last year’s team. “Even though we were all at different stages when we began, the program helped to mold and shape us, in our thoughts and words, as well as our techniques in writing, interviewing, photographing, etc.”

After the year’s term ends in May, the team is invited to spend a weekend in Toronto to take part in professional media workshops offered by The Catholic Register and Salt + Light Television and to meet face to face with the other correspondents.

For the 2009-2010 year, our writers hail from British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and include journalism students, high school students with a strong interest in media and other young writers with related experience.

“For me, writing for Catholic media means that I can be a part of the constructive voice in a person’s life,” said Ann Chazhoor, a  Brampton, Ont., writer. “My family and my youth group, Jesus Youth, have always been a source of guidance and light whenever I was lost or anxious and I hope to bring the same kind of guidance and light in a world that is so often clouded with confusion and havoc.”

Columns and stories from our new group will begin appearing in the Sept. 27 issue. 

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Nicholas Carafa
Writing from: Toronto
Age: 18
Ann Chazhoor
Writing from: Brampton, Ont.
Age: 17
Faith Goldy
Writing from: Toronto
Age: 19
Philip KupferSchmidt
Writing from: London
Age: 22
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Brunelle Lewis
Writing from: Ottawa
Age: 18
Philip Lynch
Writing from: St. John’s, Nfld.
Age: 27
Scott Mair
Writing from: Ottawa
Age: 17
Natasha Milavec
Writing from: Toronto
Age: 16
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Cheryl Minns
Writing from: Burnaby, B.C.
Age: 22
Catherine Richard
Writing from: Winnipeg
Age: 15
Luc Rinaldi
Writing from: Toronto
Age: 17
Elizabeth Steele
Writing from: Halifax
Age: 20
Kathleen Wolfe
Writing from: Vancouver
Age: 21

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