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Catch da Flava Radio - TIRF

For our return show of Catch da Flava Youth Radio on January 9th, co-hosts Ahmed and Divine welcomed guest Amanda Neale-Robinson from Toronto Inner-City Rugby Foundation (TIRF). They talked about her role at TIRF, what it offers to youth and why Rugby is so important for team values and to help teach young people how to manage. Both Ahmed and Divine are part of their high school rugby team and talked about their experience as rugby players and what the sport means to them. Divine discussed his role in the team and how it gives him exercise in a fun way, and Ahmed talked about the multiple roles he plays on the team and how much fun he has found it to be.

Amanda talked about the logistics of the sport, how there are different types of games such as 7’s and 15’s, called such because of the number of players on the field. She also talked about how it varies from other sports, because rugby is a sport where the person has to run with the ball. Some sports aren’t like that and so…

The Women's Hour - Financial Literacy and Midwifery

This week cohost Debra Scott talks to Jackie Porter about financial literacy, especially among women. They explore best practices, why it is important especially for women to be in control of their finances, and resources to seek in learning more about financial literacy. For the second half, Judy Pham shares an interview with local midwife Ayeshah Haque about why midwifery is a great option for pregnant women, and how alternatives beyond going to the hospital to give birth help empower women who are pregnant. Songs featured:
1) "She Works Hard For The Money" by Donna Summers
2) "Someday" by Britney Spears
3) "Blue" by Beyonce featuring Blue Ivy Carter

Divas Girls Group - Poetry and Refresher & Editing

The Diva Girls Group

Session 13:

Poetry and Refresher & Editing

December 22, 2017

When I watched 2017 slowly tick away into 2018, there was a certain irony there. I watched Christmas turn into New Year’s Eve on the brink of new things that could happen. New perspectives on things that have already happened in the year happened. This time of year was a time of pondering and reflection. Shannon Hale said it best. “I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that I can later build castles.” Writing is a way of reflection, a way of expression and with that self-expression, I learned that writing – for all the years I had been doing it – could shift in different ways that brought the writer freedom and room for new discoveries.

Discovery was what I saw during the Poetry Refresher & Editing session of the Diva’s Program. The Divas came through to brainstorm what was the definition of a good mood. What made a poem impactful…

Catch da Flava - Mod Garden and Homelessness

For the first half of our December 19th edition of Catch da Flava Youth Radio, we started off with our Health Talks Radio segment with cohost Diamond. We welcomed guest Aamar Khwaja from Mod Garden to the show to talk about his new invention called Tiny Farms. Tiny Farms is still in the early stages of development, but looks to change the way we eat and promote healthier living by producing a product that grows fresh plants for consumers with urban lifestyles. Inspired by his own experience with chronic headaches and eczema, Aamar sought to cure himself by changing his eating habits, realizing it was all coming from deficiency in natural minerals that are often found in plants.​

Not only did he have to change the way he ate, but he realized the food system is “broken” that in the process of transporting food, a lot of minerals and vital nutrients gets lost in the vegetables and by the time it comes to the consumer, it barely has any nutrients. In creating these Tiny Farms, w…

The Women's Hour - Female Chart-Toppers and A Better Man

This week Kate counts us down through the years to celebrate music by women from different genres and decades, after much controversy last summer in the media over having such few women being recognized for their chart-topping hits. For the second half, Judy Pham chats with Genevi√®ve Ramage about her experience watching the documentary A Better Man, which they both watched, to understand how their experiences were varied or alike, when it comes to the issue of gender-based violence.  Songs featured:
1) Piano Trio in G Minor by Clara Schumann
2) Up Above My Head by Sister Rosetta Tharpe
3) Gloria by Patti Smith
4) U.N.I.T.Y by Queen Latifah
5) California by Joni Mitchell
6) Still I Rise by Tupac Shakur
7) Baby Don't Cry (Keep Ya Head Up II) by Tupac Shakur

Catch da Flava Radio - Young Ones and Net Neutrality

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For our December 12th show of Catch da Flava Youth Radio, co-hosts Beverly and Johanna started off with Health Talks Radio, welcoming guest Wil Carlos from a non profit dedicated to creating services for youth with mental health concerns called Young Ones. They offer youth that utilize their services immediate care with one counselor in each quadrant of the city. Young Ones is not offers no wait times, but all of their employees have experience with mental health concerns, so they can relate to youth that seek their services. They also have youth volunteers, so those who seek their services can identify to volunteers as well. All of this is made in part to encourage those who seek their services to feel comfortable.


Both Beverly and Johanna shared their own journey dealing with mental health, and Wil shared his experience dealing with depression as a teenager and discussing when the first warning signs were for him and how others can observe warning signs in others or in themselves.…

Powerful X Nature - Youth Homelessness

Date: December 11, 2017
Hosts: Shadae & Anny
Guests: Steve Doherty & Elisa Traficante
Topic: Youth Homelessness

This week Shadae and Anny held a discussion on Youth Homelessness with our guests Steve Doherty, Executive Director at Youth without Shelter and Elisa Traficante, Director of Community Initiatives at Raising the Roof. The second half of the show, we spoke about the housing crisis in Toronto, some of the reasons why people and in particular youth become homeless and what we can do as a society to help break the cycle of homelessness. For the last part of the show, we had a discussion about the government’s role is to help and ensure more people are being housed. We discussed organizations that provide assistance to youth who are at risk of becoming homeless or who are homeless.

Our music selection this week features holiday songs
1. Baby its cold outside РMichael Bublé and Idina Menzel
2. Jingle Bell Rock – Glee
3. Let It Snow! Let it Snow )- Frank Sinatra …