2018 BC Child Poverty Report Card

Data reveals that once again far too many children in British Columbia are growing up in poverty. One in five children, or 172,550 children and youth, are growing up in poverty. And many are growing up in deep poverty — up to $13,000 below the poverty line. This includes poor households where one or more… Read more

Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World

Today is World Mental Health Day. This year’s theme is Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World. Did you know that half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated? To learn more, read the World Health Organization’s Adolescent mental health fact sheet. In… Read more

Teach children about money – FLM Week 4

November is Financial Literacy Month. This week’s theme is Teach children about money. The key message is that financial literacy is an essential life skill, just like reading and writing. Start teaching children about money when they’re young.   The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada has information on how to teach children and teens about… Read more

International Youth Day and Sustainability

Today is International Youth Day. This year’s theme is “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production”. It focuses on the leading role of young people in ensuring poverty eradication and achieving sustainable development through sustainable consumption and production. To test  your knowledge of some sustainability topics, try out one of… Read more

Child and Youth Mental Health Day

May 7th marks the 10th anniversary of Child and Youth Mental Health Day. At a youth mental health event earlier this year, over 400 high school students were asked “How do you want adults to talk to you about your mental health? What do you want them to say and not say?” Here’s one of… Read more

Teenage Learner Motivation

Things are never simple with teenage learners. Whilst young learners are so full of energy that most activities will be met with enthusiasm… and adult learners tend to be naturally focused on meeting language goals, as well as having a wealth of skills and knowledge to contribute to classes, getting it right with teenagers is… Read more

Media Literacy Week

This week is Media Literacy Week. An initiative of MediaSmarts and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, it’s a time to focus on the importance of digital and media literacy as key components in the education of children and young people. The theme this year is Respect in a Digital World, encouraging young people to act responsibly… Read more

Youth, Skills and Employability

Young people around the world are struggling to enter the labour market. The OECD Skills Outlook 2015 focuses on youth, skills and employability, and shows how improving the employability of youth requires a comprehensive approach. While education, social, and labour market policies have key roles to play, co-ordination between public policies and the private sector… Read more

Face-to-Face Project

The Face-to-Face Project is a pilot project that connects youth with disabilities to employers willing to take them through practice employment interviews.  For the youth it’s an opportunity to gain experience in job interviews.  For employers it’s an opportunity to increase their awareness of the benefits of hiring youth with disabilities. The Face-to-Face Project is… Read more

Child and Youth Mental Health Day

Today is Child and Youth Mental Health Day.  To mark the occasion, we’re showcasing three mental health resources designed for youth in BC. is a website created to help young people identify and understand the mental distress they may be experiencing and to link them to the skills and strategies they need to manage… Read more