Youth Speak News

It’s early Monday morning during March break and St. Monica’s is bursting with youthful energy. Instead of sleeping in, children are signing in to spend their day at the parish’s March break camp.

Toronto chaplaincies gather to learn about Middle East persecution


Amid a backdrop of the historical Christian village of Alqosh in the Nineveh Plains in Iraq, Athra Kado passionately talked about protecting his Assyrian people as a soldier of the Nineveh Plains Protection Unit.

Local environmental conference turns into nationwide call to action


What started out as a local conference for Toronto students to help save polar regions has escalated into a nationwide call to action.

Lift Jesus Higher rally turns 25


Seven years ago, David Patterson attended his first Lift Jesus Higher rally. It changed his life.

Archdiocese of Toronto calls youth to authentic love


Matt Fradd is challenging hundreds of youth in the Archdiocese of Toronto to seek authentic love.

Ottawa teen now inspires others to take faith in action


For Thomas Lindale, going on a mission trip to India with Free the Children (now WE Charity) was really about being God’s light in the world.

Youth volunteers energize Tijuana migrant shelters


When Fr. Michael Pace first arrived in Tijuana, Mexico, he couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed.

Friar’s essay winners bring message of unity


Writing on the theme of reconciliation proved to be an education for some of the entrants to the Friars’ Student Writing Awards — including the winner.

Controversy overshadows film’s message of loyalty and service


I was feeling a tad hypocritical about

. For one, I’m not really a dog person and for another, this movie has been the subject of much controversy regarding the treatment of its canine stars.

How to apply to the Youth Speak News mentorship program


Are you a university or senior high school student?

Are you curious about the world around you?

Would you like to interview interesting people?

Do you like to write?

Do you want to enrich your faith?

The day I met the Pope


Not many people can say that they’ve met Pope Francis, but I can.