Episode#7: I Failed, But I Got Into Nursing (Aryanah Oldenburger)

“Could you please tell me the reason why you failed your math final?” Aryanah’s mother asked.  “It’s because of the Pandemic. I wasn’t motivated and I don’t like online schooling. I don’t get to see my friends. I feel lonely,” Aryanah replied to her mother. Meet Aryanah Oldenburger, our July Dandy Lion Youth of the month. She just turned eighteen years old this month. Like many teens, she has been anxious to go back to the way it was in 2019.  We are all lonely now since the lockdowns began, and using terms such as “social distancing,” “self-isolation,” and “shelter…

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Episode #6: How to Love and Have Hope in Chaos: Ifeanyi Agwazia

Father’s Day is the third Sunday of June. Empowered Me is making available two-week 3-hour Father-Son workshops. One on June 19, and the other is on June 26. Both from 10 to 1 pm. The link to register is  https://empoweredme.ca/product/father-son-workshop/  Effective communication is crucial in building strong relationships. A few months ago, we facilitated conversations between fathers and sons. Not surprisingly, the perspectives between parents and the youth were uniquely different. Some youths indicated that their parents’ style of communication darkens the only light they have at times. Obviously, not the outcome either side desires.  So,…

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What Do Women Want?

It’s been a tough week, and I suspect more than a few women are feeling the added pressure from the COVID restrictions.  What COVID has done is highlight, rather than create, the disproportionate burden that falls upon women. Freud was a man of his times. He once said, “The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is ‘What does a woman want?'”  Studies tracking both paid and unpaid tasks indicate that women spend close to three hours more working than…

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Episode #1: Imagine a World of Kindness (Janaya Iverson)

JANAYA IVERSON She stood alone on stage in front of a sold-out auditorium, delivering her inspiring message. As I sat amongst the crowd listening to her speech, I remembered a memorable poem by Linda Ellis entitled “The Dash.” My favorite part of the poem is: “For it matters not, how much we own, the cars… the house… the cash. What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.”  The “dash” refers to the gap between the beginning and end of our life.    The young lady on stage continued. She made it clear to the…

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Episode #5: Still Processing My Life: Social Justice and Activism (Rayyah Sempala)

Are You a Parent of a Youth Activist? If it seems many youths today are putting their words into action, you are correct. In the past two decades, we witnessed youth-led activism from Malala Yousafzai’s advocating for girls’ education. 18-year-old Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg, a Swedish environmental activist, challenges world leaders to take immediate action for climate change mitigation. How about 24 years old Larissa Crawford? A Métis and Jamaican woman from Calgary began her humanitarian journey at 16 when she launched a fundraiser to start a library at Let Us Shine Academy in Ghana. These young people are…

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Episode #4: My Emotional Wound: I Was Crying, No One Could See (ODION WELCH)

Podcast: Dialogue with Best Selling Author Odion Welch on her experiences with Mental Health journey         ODION WELCH The recent pandemic highlights concern around poor mental health and well-being for our youth. Although it’s normal for them to experience various emotional distress types as they develop and mature, it is critical to seek professional assistance if needed. Their challenges remind me of a time when I also suffered from a mental health illness.   I LOVED MY DEPRESSION Consequently, I did not enjoy my Depression but came to love it. It had meaning in it. The…

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CAT LAWYER

Laughter is the medicine of the soul. With Zoom being the way to communicate, filters have been the trend.  What makes you laugh? Check this out: CAT LAWYER

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Episode #2: BULLY ME? NO WAY, NO MORE!!!! (Delaney Youngson)

DELANEY YOUNGSON “What do you want to be when you grow up?” “As a child, I just wanted to be happy. But every day kids were cruel. Adults told me to get over it. How can you get over a pain that is real, and cut so deep? As an adult myself now, though it is not as overt, bullying still happens.”    That is the story of the underdog, bullied as a child. But does bullying stop when you become an adult? We think of bullying as a childhood issue, but it plays out throughout adulthood. If you have…

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THE “DON’T MAKE ME CRY PROJECT” (Series #1 Pink Shirt Day)

Our vision is to generate a world where every person feels valued, self-assured, empowered, and never faced with isolation, negativity, fear or dis-empowerment.   Empowered Me Inc will be known globally for our unshakable commitment to focus on cognitive and social competencies so every individual can have a fulfilled life journey. This event is the beginning of many more conversations to come during the year. We are encouraging as many youths as possible to join in the discussions. Share your story to make a difference. We will have experts participate in the conversations as well. Registration: DON’T MAKE ME CRY…

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