Youthspeak has reached over 185,000 students, parents, teachers since its inception in 2003. With your support we can reach out to more youth and give hope!
Youthspeak is a registered charity #81614 3515 RROOO1
YouthSpeak contributes to the mental and social well-being of students who may be facing challenges by creating awareness that bullying, mental health, and addiction impacts everyone in the community. To empower youth who face challenges through leadership training, in order to increase their social and emotional strengths and positively impact their world by sharing their personal stories in assemblies and workshops.
An Approved Program of York Region District School Board, York Catholic District School Board, Toronto District School Board, Toronto Catholic District School Board.
YouthSpeak helps students who may be facing challenges with bullying, mental health and addiction.
Listen to our speakers tell their story.
Know that you are never alone.
They were wonderful and I want to adopt all 3 of them!! The students spent much time speaking about them afterwards and it all invited wonderful discussion after they left!!
I’d like to add my name to the list of people praising the presentations. I was so impressed by the speakers. Their experiences, coupled with a hopeful message was very important and spoke in a very powerful way to the students (and staff). I have to mention one statement in particular, made by Will when he said, ‘Don’t give up before the miracle happens’. It resonated so profoundly with me and I will use it as a personal ‘mantra’ when needed.
Thank you again for sending Joanne, Brittany and Brendan to Tilbury yesterday for our event. I have many words of expression I wish to convey about our event. I personally commend them all for their courage, strength, and openness. Their ability to teach and inform is extremely powerful and thought provoking. They work magic with the information that they share and their stories resonate with all ages. It truly was a pleasure meeting them and getting to know them.
The fact that there are positive coping strategies that actually work was amazing for our students to hear. I think the fact that it was coming from youth made it that much more impactful. Our students were talking about them the entire day in the halls and classrooms. I heard words of empathy and I heard words of hope. One of the young girls that I work with in guidance came to chat with me about Roxie’s story – not wanting advice but just relating to what she had said in her presentation. Overall, the messages were very powerful and clear. I would highly recommend your organization to teachers in our community.
Your speakers were wonderful! Both the teachers and students really enjoyed listening to their stories and more importantly, it allowed them to start up open conversations afterwards. You should all be proud of the work that you do..
They shared their stories and experiences in an engaging and relatable way that made an impact on so many of our students! The assembly style presentations and follow up workshops were interactive and allowed for so many of our students to gain a better understanding of mental health and all the challenges that can come with it, as well as some practical coping strategies. Many of our students even felt comfortable enough to go and chat with them one on one after their presentations were done and your crew spent as much time as was necessary to listen and make our kids feel a little more at ease.
Increase empathy and resilience
Increase in number of students connected to support
Improved knowledge for parents