Youth Speak News

Two years ago, I started volunteering at my church’s youth group. My role was to teach the students, mentor them and listen to them. 

Young trustee candidates see age as advantage in leading at Catholic school boards

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In Grade 6, Tomasz Glod wrote a speech in school about why he would make a great prime minister. 

Speaking Out: I want to be a prime minister

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When I was five and people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said I wanted to be the first female prime minister of Canada. 

Travel gap year leads to serving the homeless

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Abby Pyrz was 18 years old when she was bitten by the travel bug. 

Youth Speak News Team 2018-2019

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The Catholic Register is pleased to introduce these 11 young people selected for this year’s YSN program.

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ANDREA DSOUZA

Vancouver, B.C.
Dsouza, 22, is a fourth-year Indigenous studies student at University of British Columbia.

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KATHLEENA HENRICUS

Mississauga, Ont.
Henricus, 15, is a Grade 10 student at Cawthra Park Secondary School.

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JANELLE LAFANTAISIE

Winnipeg, Man.

Lafantaisie, 24, is a photographer for Alice and Flore photography.

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GABRIELA PARISEAU

Barry's Bay, Ont. 
Pariseau, 21, is a third-year Catholic studies student at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College.

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VINCENT PHAM 

Toronto, Ont. 
Pham, 17, is a Grade 12 student at Chaminade College School.

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DECLAN RILEY 

Edmonton, Alta
Riley, 23, is a third-year journalism student at MacEwan University.

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DANIELLE RIVEST

London, Ont. 
Rivest, 22, is a first-year education student at Western University.

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MICHAEL ROMEN 

St. Catharines, Ont.
Romen, 24, is a third-year English and Classics student at Brock University

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ABIGAIL ST. PIERRER

Sault Ste Marie, Ont.
St. Pierre, 16, is a Gr. 11 student at St. Mary's College

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KATHERINE SZOJKA 

Sturgeon County, Alta. 
Szojka, 17, is a Gr. 12 student at St. Gabriel Online School.

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NICOLE VAZ 

Mississauga, Ont. 
Vaz, 16, is a Gr. 12 student at Fr. Michael Goetz Secondary School

Speaking out: YSN helped me grow in faith

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This summer is a time of change in my life as I move from high school to university. It is also the end of my time as a Youth Speak News reporter. As I begin my new journey in life, it it a good time to reflect on what this past year has meant to me.

Speaking out: Reflecting on my engagement

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I was watching a comedy special by Chris D’Elia the other day where he joked about marriage and it really got me thinking. 

Making a mark: Theology and the tattoo trend

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Emma Fradd prayed and discerned about her tattoo for six months before she ever walked into a tattoo parlour. 

Speaking out: Working through post-grad anxiety

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If anyone had asked me last summer about my plans after graduation, I would have said that I was going to move to the U.S. to complete a one-year postgraduate fellowship with a giant media company. 

Alberta's One Rock youth festival, 'Catholic Woodstock', changes for digital age

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EDMONTON – Organizers are making big changes to One Rock, a major Alberta Catholic youth gathering, in the hope of strengthening young people in their faith.

Steubenville Toronto attracts youth near and far

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Holy Trinity Parish is definitely not in Kansas anymore.