Youth Speak News

LIMA, Peru – More than 1,000 young pilgrims will share their cultures, joys and struggles at a gathering of indigenous youth in a small town in Panama just before World Youth Day in January.

Speaking out: Growing up with interreligious parents

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Most of my childhood Sundays were spent below the stained glass windows of a beautiful church filled with incense. I was a “cradle Catholic,” baptized in a white gown and confirmed when I still had braces. However, some Sundays I spent in a modestly decorated Pentecostal church. 

Young athletes fight to balance sports and faith

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Sixteen-year-old Justin Alvarado has practice every day after school during the cross-country and track-and-field seasons. He is also a member of the FC Emery soccer club, with practices two to three times a week. 

Speaking out: We need more Catholic teachers

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I don’t go to a Catholic high school, but I have friends who do. Some of their stories suggest a failure in the Catholic education system that makes me feel relieved that I’m not their classmate. But I think if schools continue down this path, we are endangering the future of Catholic values in society, which is disheartening to me.

Speaking out: Disheartened by summer jobs funding

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Because of the Canada Summer Jobs program’s new attestation, the summer camp where I work will run with staffing changes, reduced programming and an increase in registration costs. 

Loretto Sisters bring together students in Toronto and Peru

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It took a trip to Peru for Grade 12 student Carolyn Lee to gain a new appreciation for her classroom in Toronto.

Speaking Out: The power of youth voices

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When I was elected student trustee for the Waterloo Catholic District School Board a year ago, I had no idea what to expect. What I have learned leaves me both grateful and hopeful.

Young woman tackles disability in Kenya and Toronto

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Eunice Gichuhi is half a world away from her native country, but that has never stopped her from reaching out to help. 

Speaking Out: Never lose sight of the ultimate goal

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It has been one year since I graduated from the Bachelor of Commerce program at the University of Manitoba and I can’t help but think back to a time when I was drowning in the stress of exams. 

Students’ search for truth lead to campus conversions

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When relativism is the widely accepted doctrine on university campuses, backed by the feel-good motto of “you do you,” it’s easy to imagine how young Catholics might be swept away by the notion that there is no objective truth. 

Speaking Out: Change the world by changing me

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When the afternoon of May 12 comes, I will walk across the stage, robed in a graduation gown, ready to take on the world.