Category: Social Issues

A Case for Free Education

Under current frameworks existing in both the US and Canada assumptions of meritocracy areused to justify the acquisition of student debt. However, deconstructing these narratives reveals theproblematic underlying classist and prejudiced barriers that await for less privileged youth. The average annual cost for post-secondary education including transport, tuition, and living in Canada was $19, 498.75

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Concentration Camps in Xinjiang and How to Help

WARNING: SENSITIVE CONTENT AHEADThe Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is the largest region in China located on the western border. Xinjiang borders the countries of Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, India, Russia, Pakistan, and Tajikistan. Xinjiang is mostly desert and mountains and has many natural resources, including oil and natural gas. The Uyghurs are a Muslim ethnic

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Four Teens Share their Experience of Life at Home during the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented an entirely new set of challenges to collectives and individuals internationally. Many of us are only able to peak into the lives of others via one dimensional social media posts or what they feel comfortable telling us on calls. And while seeing others can be uplifting the worry that you’re

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What Would the World Look Like Without Volunteers?

Considering National Volunteer Weeks is April 7 to 13, it’s important to recognize how necessary and important volunteerism is in society. Every aspect of society relies on volunteerism to some degree to survive. Frankly, the world would be chaos without dedicated volunteers. What would happen if volunteers simply disappeared? Seniors would be without meals, mothers

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Inclusion and Equity with Youth Leader, Connor Lang

The following question was presented by Chad Nico Hui, Director of Diversity and Inclusion with the YMCA of the USA. What do you consider to be the biggest opportunity and challenge in being a catalyst for inclusion and equity in your role as a youth leader? As a global citizen? I think the biggest opportunity

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A Better Way: YVC of St. Joseph’s fight against the Opioid Crisis

In St. Joseph, Missouri, my YVC program is working to solve the problem of safe opioid and narcotic disposal. Many business and community members do not properly dispose of medications in a way that is safe for the environment and wildlife. The most common ways of disposing of medications are flushing them down the toilet,

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