Youth Speak News

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. 

Spring cleaning reminds youth of Laudato Si’

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As the first signs of spring began to appear in Toronto, a sprightly team of young Catholics decided to celebrate Earth Day by picking up trash at Christie Pits Park. 

Speaking Out: Forgetting my faith was a mistake

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When I was younger, it wasn’t difficult for me to balance my faith with extra-curricular activities and family obligations. 

Easter season continues at U of T Newman retreat

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Even in the midst of a heavy ice storm, in the middle of exam season, more than 200 students and community members gathered together April 14 at University of Toronto’s Newman Centre for an Easter retreat.