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March 31 marks International Transgender Day of Visibility. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

Most trans and non-binary youth are supported and healthy despite stigma and discrimination

We need to commit to creating safe and inclusive environments for trans and non-binary youth, because when they have those supportive environments, they thrive.
Some Nigerians took to mass looting of warehouses containing COVID-19 food palliatives that were not distributed six months into lockdown. Photo by Kola Sulaimon/AFP via Getty Images

Whose mental health suffered the most during COVID-19 lockdown in Nigeria

In Nigeria, the unmarried, the unemployed, the less educated and those from the northern parts of the country were most susceptible to psychological challenges associated with COVID-19 lockdown.
Significant reform of youth mental health care in Canada is needed to address the high rates of mental illness in young people. (Unsplash/Devin Avery)

Falling through the safety net: Youth are at the heart of Canada’s mental health crisis

High rates of youth mental illness show the urgent need for accessible, affordable and research-backed mental health care. It's crucial to include young people's voices in shaping these resources.
First year Western University students Sarah Pignatelli and Mason Shearer wait for a COVID-19 test in London, Ont., on Sept. 19, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Robins

Young adults, unfairly blamed for COVID-19 spread, now face stress and uncertain futures

Media depictions of youth during the pandemic are distorting the actual experiences, practices and attitudes of young adults during COVID-19, as well as the pandemic's impact on them.
Young people don’t pay attention to government communication on COVID-19 because they don’t like being talked at rather than listened to. Alexis Brown/Unsplash

Why young people tune out government COVID-19 messaging

Communicators must listen to the frustrations, fears and concerns of young people about COVID-19. Then they need to speak to them like human beings, rather than talk at them.
Nigerian youths are often stereotyped and harassed by the police for being in possession of a laptop or iPhone. Photo by Olukayode Jaiyeola/NurPhoto via Getty Images

#EndSARS: What it feels like to be in the shoes of a young Nigerian

They are often framed as lazy and fraudulent and are constantly harassed by the police. Now, it seems they have had enough. We explore what it takes to be a young Nigerian living in Nigeria.
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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