This episode is a discussion about sexual predators, sexual harassment, sexual abuse in the music industry and ways to respond. Mike Yorke, the editor of CYC Podcast and a working musician talks to Wolfgang about what he has seen in the music industry and his attempts to address it, on a personal level. This episode is a conversation with two men endeavoring to take responsibility for, and find ways to address, sexual violence and misogyny. Towards the end of the episode we consider ways to talk with young men entering into the music industry.

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On this episode of Your Right to Speak, I talk with Michel McKenzie. Who is a motivational speaker and author of the book The CORE 7: Building and Mastering Your Best You. I have been working closely with Michel on a program he has developed called POWER. The POWER program is meant to motivate marginalized youth and teach them goal-setting skills.  Michel talks about why it is important for youth living in low income neighbourhoods and how to look beyond the challenges that are in front of them. Michel explains some of the gaps in low income neighbourhoods and what he has experienced living within one himself. Please see below for the link to Michel’s book. Let’s raise awareness together!

Link: https://www.amazon.ca/CORE7-Building-Mastering-Your-Best/dp/0994927320 

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Amelia Merhar discusses a participatory arts-based inquiry project she co-researched with young adults who have lived in Canada’s child welfare system. In her fun, engaging, and pointed way she talks about methodology, findings, outcomes and what art can do that other forms of research might not be able to. Amelia is an artist, researcher, facilitator, youth worker, policy analyst, and pretty amazing person. To read her work, see her art, and listen to her music visit https://ameliamerhar.wordpress.com.

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On this episode of Your Right to Speak we talk with Freddy Brobbey who has his own music company JustOverMusic. Freddy is the Creative Director/Producer at JustOverMusic and works within the York South Weston community in Toronto. We talk about his work and how power can have positive impacts on young people. The majority of Freddy’s works is decreasing the stigma of entering the music world. The underlying theme of Freddy’s work is mentorship and guiding young people on a positive path. The conversation turns on the stigmas that the youth who Freddy works with face and the impacts of systemic oppression.  As well as some of the barriers to the grant system and the not for profit sector. 
 
JustOverMusic website: https://justovermusic.com/crew/
 
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In this episode, Wolfgang speaks with Dr. Kiran Modi about alternative care in India. A country with more children than the total population (children, youth, adults) of “the English-speaking countries” combined (Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia, Britain, Canada, and USA). About 31 million of these children are orphans, homeless, street-involved or otherwise lack parental care. In our conversation, Dr. Modi addresses reasons for the high numbers of children in need, effective and ineffective responses, successful programs, cultural specificity, funding, and research into alternative care in a South Asian context.

Dr. Modi, is the founder & managing trustee of Udayan Care, a New Delhi-based child rights organization, which provides homes, schooling, mentorship, employment, offered through 15 small group care homes in 8 states of India. To learn more about Udayan Care visit http://www.udayancare.org/ and to read the peer reviewed Institutionalised Children Explorations and Beyond: An International Journal on Alternative Care visit http://www.indianjournals.com/ijor.aspx?target=ijor:iceb&type=home

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On this episode of Your Right to Speak, Sammy speaks with Smyrna, a team member of Yantics which is an onling outlet for youth networking. Smyrna gives some examples on how adults can sometimes discrimination against young people and explains the sometimes it is not attentional. The conversation then turns to the importance of adult youth partnership, the benefits of mentorship and how both young people and adults can learn from each other.

 

For more information on Yantics please see below

Yantics.com is a by youth, for youth website developed for youth to network, connect, promote themselves, find help and assistance, be entertained, shop and share their ideas all in one spot.

Website: www.Yantics.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/yanticsdotcom

Twitter: www.twitter.com/yanticsdotcom

Tumblr: yantics.tumblr.com

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiJ_rn9HdBOokSas_oMgFOg   

Facebook page: Yantics Youth

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In this interview, Maria Lotty discusses six principles of trauma-informed care, and how to integrate these principles when working with children and youth, particularly in the context of foster parenting. Maria is a practicing Fostering Social Worker and PhD student at the University College Cork (UCC), in Ireland. Maria has a background in youth work, residential social work and child protection. She is currently undertaking a research collaboration between UCC and Tulsa- Family and Child Agency involving the design, development and evaluation of Fostering Connections, a Trauma-informed Foster Care Program.

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On this episode of Your Right To Speak, Salvatore talks with Mafo about violence against women. Mafo explains the gasp in services offered with a focus on the shelter system. The conversation turns to how there are systemic issues and that there needs to be better funding provided by the government to make services more efficient. 

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In this conversation, Liam Curran talks about FASDs, what they are, there prevalence in the child welfare system, issues with diagnoses, and responding from a social perspective.

Liam is a social worker, Certified CDC Educator of FASDs, and a member of the Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF) at McGill university, Montreal. He is currently undertaking his PhD at Concordia University, Montreal, focusing on how social workers respond to FASDs in child welfare settings. Liam has researched and published numerous articles, chapters and co-authored a book on the topic of FASDs.

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On this episode of Your Right to Speak, Salvatore talks with Elena Gordon who is the Youth Justice Case Lead at For Youth Initiative. Elena talks about the gaps within the youth justice sector and the need for change in the sector. Elena stresses in the conversation there needs to be more education offered to young people regarding youth justice. The discussion then turns to the pros and cons of utilizing restorative justice.  For more information For Youth Initiative, please visit http://www.foryouth.ca/

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