If we want to change things, we have to understand them. So this year we launched the Campus Assessment Tool with Jack Chapters in ten schools across the country. The results will bring young people and adult decision-makers to the table in a meaningful dialogue towards healthier campus environments.Read the full story
More than a year ago, our young leaders unearthed a huge gap in mental health: young people keep being told to reach out and ask for help, but wait times to access services are too long and their peers and loved ones aren't sure how to provide support in the interim. So we worked with our network to develop Be There—a game-changing mental health resource that teaches us all how to better support someone when they're struggling with their mental health. As of September 15, 2019, over 100,000 people had already visited BeThere.org. It’s helping us create warmer and more supportive communities.
When you have a good idea, a logical argument, the knowledge to back it up, and the patience to see it through...you can make real change. This year, our young leaders sat down with policy makers and key stakeholders—including the Federal Minister of Health—to share their insights and advocate for change. They also published poignant opinion pieces that always remained focused on systemic policy (not parties), progress (not blame), and reason (not reaction).Read the full story
We will always have work to do when it comes to accessibility and representation. 30% of our network identify as LGBTQ2S+ and 22% identify as a visible minority. We need to make sure that our work, and young leaders, address and represent the specific needs of Canada’s diverse youth population. This year, we worked with young leaders in the North, the Prairies, and francophone Montreal to expand our Summit program across Canada and reach those who need intentional representation and equitable support.Read the full story
None of our work would be possible without our outstanding community of donors, supporters, and allies. This year, Jack Riders raised over $1.3 million—a record-breaking achievement. Because of our generous sponsors, 100% of funds raised directly supports the work of our young leaders. Not to mention: Brainfreeze expanded to three regions, and we had more community-led fundraising events than ever before.Read the full story