Tag Archives: Youth

I Promise Not To Tell: Raising A Transgender Child



Together, Cheryl and her husband raised their children telling them: “You can be anything and do anything you want in life.” They just never expected to learn that what their youngest daughter desired most was to be a boy. This deeply personal story, told from Mom’s perspective is about discovering the son they never knew they had.


Youth Voices: Ending bullying, creating collaboration & building a better tomorrow…today.



Youth around the globe have been showing the world how their voices matter. They have been taking action to create change. From Malala Yousafzai’s activism for female education, to Dr. Ben Barry’s desire, at age 14, to change the fashion industry’s standard of beauty, to Craig Kielburgers dream at age 13 of ending child labour.

With a global platform available through social media and the internet there are more options for youth to be a part of the change. Whether it’s volunteering at school, getting involved in ending bullying to becoming a mentor or being an ambassador for greener living, the possibilities of helping to create change are endless.

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My guests today are two youth facilitators with the globally renowned social enterprise Me to We, who followed their passion in building a better tomorrow by lending their skills to empower youth to make a difference.

Some of the youth in my city showed up on a Saturday & Sunday, bright and early, to address some of the issues they felt were important and to talk about how they could make a difference in their community.


Let’s Get Catty: Two Inspiring Youth Talk About Their Initiative To End Street Harrassment



Bri Gardner & Erica Teasdale are two young people who want to end sexualized violence and street harassment. A youth led initiative, Catty is a web based tool that helps people experiencing street harassment in Toronto through connecting, educating, supporting, and reporting. Check out our interview and be sure to visit www.carajonesspeaks.tv and follow Catty on social media. Just click the link to Cool Stuff! and find all the ways you can support and connect.


I love myself today: My interview with Canadian Rocker Bif Naked!



When experiencing heartbreak you literally feel like a part of you is dying, and in some ways it is. Maybe it’s the part of you that no longer wants to put up with being treated like crap anymore, or maybe it’s the dying of old patterns you keep repeating over and over. Soon time heals wounds but in the process you take it day by day and try your best to love yourself.

The songs from Canadian rock star Bif Naked were some of my favorites during this heart breaking times in my life. The hard rock sound with word that spoke to my experience were my saving grace. I played them on repeat and reminded myself that in “My moments of weakness” I need to learn to “Love myself today” and to put on my “Tango shoes that help me dance without you.” They became the anthems of empowerment that reminded me of my self-love.

Bif Naked is an International Recording Artist, Poet, Writer, Motivational Speaker, breast cancer survivor and a kick ass person.

She has travelled the globe with her killer rock tunes and is a legend and icon to all those who know her art.

I sat down with Bif and asked her some questions about what was happening in her life at the time she wrote these iconic tunes. Check it out!


Be The Change! My Interview with Craig Kielburger, found of Free The Children



On this episode of Cara Jones Speaks I take part in  Might Peace Day, a small We Day where founder of Free the Children, Craig Kielburger, comes together with youth and artists such as Neverest, speakers like Spencer West and individuals who want to change the world for the better. If you could go back and talk to your younger self, what advice would you give? How would you mentor yourself to  be the change?