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A group in the secret alleyway after a distribution of reusable masks, hand sanitiser and mealie meal. Ralph/Growing up on the Streets

Young people living on Harare’s streets provide glimpses into life under COVID-19 lockdown

The story map reveals that like any part of society, street youth are both subject to and willing to conform to rules and conventions, in this case for their own and others' safety.
Black youth suffer the negative effects of programs that bring police and racial discrimination into schools. (Unsplash/Wadi Lissa)

For a fairer education system, get the police out of schools

Waterloo Region District School Board’s suspension of the Student Resource Officer program is one step toward ending racism in schools but much more still needs to be done.
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Most young people who do VET after school are in full-time work by the age of 25

There are five transitions young people aged 16-25 make between school and employment. Most involve some vocational education and training. Some involve university and others no education at all.
The social pressures to be ‘straight’ and ‘cis’ can be overwhelming for LGBTQ+ people, especially youth. Adding conversion therapy to the criminal code of Canada is a good first step to supporting them. (Jeremy Mcknight/Unsplash)

How I ended up in conversion therapy and why Canada’s proposed ban is only a first step for LGBTQ+ youth

The Trudeau government took the first step to federally ban conversion therapy — a practice intended to change sexual orientation.
Young people stand on the steps of the Alberta legislature during the climate strike in Edmonton in 2019. Youth are often seen as problems rather than as people who are creating solutions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Amber Bracken

What we don’t understand about young people’s motivations

Young people are often seen as lacking but research shows they're motivated by their concern for future generations.
Within Iran’s lower classes, there is a highly conformist youth culture. Farzin Mahmoudzadeh

How Iran’s millennials are grappling with crippling US sanctions

Despite what you might see on the news, many of Iran's young people are far from rebellious. Instead, they have dealt with dwindling job prospects by conforming to a strict code of morality.
Orphan Swazi schoolboys playing soccer in a local school in Mbabane, Swaziland, in 2006. (Shutterstock)

How sport for development and peace can transform the lives of youth

Whether it's global conflicts or communities in trouble, the solutions to peace and prosperity aren't only found by government. Sports, too, can bring about much-needed change.
Cannabis edibles like sour candy straws are now available for purchase and consumption, but the risks from overdosing are quite high. (Shutterstock)

Cannabis edibles pose serious risks to our kids

As cannabis candies and chocolates become widely available, sweeter edibles may be more appealing to youth. We need to work to minimize the potential health impacts.

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