Transitions Generate New

       It must be human nature to have issues with change because, I think I am safe to say that most of us do. We tend to push for a change related to something that we really want, at the same time hold on to the habits, relationships or circumstances that resist that […]

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Cantare Evening – a Hug

Cantare, a concert fundraiser for YouthSpeak Performance Charity was held on August 30th, 2017 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Woodbridge. The brainchild behind this event was Sabrina Di Battista, a twenty-year-old soprano singer who is immensely talented. Sabrina has traveled all over the world to study music and has performed at various charitable galas. […]

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Empowerment through Self-

As we approach the doorstep of September it brings the feeling of new growth and opportunities. This can trigger a range of emotions – excited anticipation, but also anxiety and overwhelm at what challenges may come. We live in a fast-paced, uncertain world where we are seeing an eruption of turmoil, while at the same […]

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YouthSpeak Ambassador

Rich Clune, Forward for the Toronto Marlies “I was introduced to YouthSpeak two years ago and coincidently joined them at an event right by a school where I grew up. The passion they have for their message related to mental health, anti-bullying and addiction is one that I firmly believe in. It is important for […]

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Big Thanks To The Commonw

As we launch our new website, we would like to take this opportunity to thank The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group for a $20,000 donation through their C.A.R.E. – Create A Ripple Effect Program. The Commonwell, “truly believe that as people who share the same schools, the same rinks, parks, markets and love of fresh air […]

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THANK YOU to O’Hara Tec

We are absolutely thrilled to have O’Hara Technologies Inc. as a new sponsorship partner supporting the work of our youth speakers. “Young people aged 15 to 24 are more likely to experience mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders than any other age group.” Statistics Canada (2013). Canadian Community Health Survey – Mental Health Given the prevalence […]

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Heart2Heart – Upcom

There is more to the name Heart2Heart than a 70’s/80’s Dinner & Dance fundraiser being held on February 13th, 2016 at Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites, Richmond Hill. The name also carries a meaning that is larger than the timely Valentine’s on which our event is being held, although many attendees will make […]

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Remember That Everyone Yo

“Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and has lost something.” This quote by Jackson Brown Jr. is one of my favorite because it breaks down walls and creates unity in our human experience. While reflecting back on successes and “yet-to-be” successes this past year, I recall a Speak Inspire Change challenge that we tried […]

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We Have all Been Playing

It is time for greater change. I believe it is time for all of humanity to step up and be true to ourselves – to be brave, experience genuine peace and have a voice of strength and compassion. We all have been playing it too small! What could it look like? Every child is free […]

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That’s All I Need..

YouthSpeak programs are all driven by the philosophy that inspirational personal stories can inspire change. Our youth speakers always share a message about asking for help and to encouraging others to reach out to someone who needs it. Grade 10 student… “A speaker from YouthSpeak spoke to me on a day I was planning to […]

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