Voices from the Future: A Reader-Funded Series
Last spring, Tyee Builders raised over $27,000 to fund a new series exploring what British Columbia’s youth are thinking about issues important to them and the future of this province.
Who are “youth?” We were thinking loosely about those between 12 and 24, but with plenty of leeway for the fact the youth stretches well into young adulthood—much later than in previous generations.
Many of these young British Columbians can’t or won’t vote next spring. But that doesn’t mean they don’t care—or that their opinions don’t count. No one’s stake in that future is bigger than theirs.
Tyee youth reporter Katie Hyslop hit the reporting trail this summer, and will continue through fall, asking young people what they hope for and worry about on subjects like how the economy trades off against securing a healthy environment; jobs; the availability of youth mental health services; growing up LGBTQ2S+; and other issues on their minds.
Her reports will be collected here.
In This Series
In conversation with ‘Youth On Water’ coordinator Anissa Watson. Part of a reader-funded series.
Jobs are badly needed, but is industry-as-usual the way? Many aren’t sold. First in a reader-funded series.
In conversation with Forest Parkour BC founder Wyatt Chandler. Part of a reader-funded series.
In conversation with French immersion teacher and confessed ‘salmon guy,’ Mike McDowall. Part of a reader-funded series.
In conversation with Rob Gruber, (dungeon) master of games for the six-to-76 set. Part of a reader-funded series.
In Prince Rupert and area, some ‘yay’ to LNG, but not for oil pipelines to the northwest coast. Part of a reader-funded series.
A roundtable discussion with the next generation. Part of a reader-funded series.
In Kamloops, a window on ‘hidden’ struggles of youths who have no place to call home. Part of a reader-funded series.
Once homeless herself, Katherine McParland now campaigns to shelter the most vulnerable. Part of a reader-funded series.
Strong bonds between students and adults make the difference, says teacher Jordan Smith. Part of a series.
Shortage of detox beds, doctors makes getting well tough. Part of a reader-funded series.