2SLGBTQIA+ students are at a higher risk of experiencing bullying and mental health concerns, but educators can take proactive and preventative steps to create inclusive learning environments. Students of all ages have first-hand experiences with bullying and harassment in schools. Their … [Read more...]
Racial Bullying in Schools
Studies show a majority of students have witnessed or experienced racism at school, with implications for both students and teachers. A majority of students in Canada have either witnessed or experienced racism at their schools, according to a 2021 survey by the Angus Reid Institute in … [Read more...]
Canada Follows Other Countries and Bans Conversion Therapy
After two failed attempts, Canada passed legislation on December 8, 2021, banning conversion therapy and safeguarding the rights of LGBTQ2 individuals. After two failed attempts, Canada passed legislation, on December 8, 2021, banning conversion therapy. By doing so, Canada joins many countries … [Read more...]
I’m Turning 18, Now What: Family matters
Wondering about family issues, like searching for biological parents, living with someone, getting married and more? In Alberta, turning 18 means you are now an adult. You can make decisions for yourself. But you might also still feel like a kid. Chances are you are trying to figure out what your … [Read more...]
I’m Turning 18, Now What: Being an employee
Whether you already have a job or are looking for your first, you should know your rights as an employee. Employment is a contract between the employer and the employee. Each party agrees to do certain things. At its most basic, your employer agrees to pay you for the work you do. The employment … [Read more...]
I’m Turning 18, Now What: Planning for the Unexpected
Making plans in case something happens to you unexpectedly or you die is not just for older adults. You're turning 18. It's time to celebrate! But it's also time to face the responsibilities of adulthood. And one of those responsibilities is planning for the unexpected. Maybe you’ve heard your … [Read more...]
I’m Turning 18, Now What?
Being an adult might mean freedom. But it also means taking responsibility for your actions. You can hardly wait. You are just a few days (weeks?! months?!) away from turning 18. Freedom! You are dreaming of all the things you can legally do: Buy alcohol (if you are in Alberta, Manitoba or … [Read more...]
Money, Money, Money!
Maybe you have a part-time job. Maybe your parents pay you an allowance. Maybe you make money shoveling snow or cutting grass. In any case, you’ve got money! Opening a Bank Account First step, where do you put this money? Have you outgrown your piggy bank? Maybe a bank account would be more … [Read more...]
Hit the Gas!
You passed the test. You practiced driving in your parents’ car. You were set to take the road test to get your license. And then COVID-19 hit. And your road test was cancelled. The good news: As of June 30th, you can now book a road test in Alberta! The bad news: Road tests are booking four to … [Read more...]
Medical Treatment: When can I give my own consent?
We are in the middle of a global health crisis – the COVID-19 pandemic. With health on everyone’s mind, now is a perfect time to talk about when you can give your consent to medical treatments, without your parents’ approval. To be clear, by youth we mean anyone under the age of majority in the … [Read more...]