Change

Change doesn’t have to be so scary!

What a scary concept; especially when you’re the kind of person who thrives in their comfort zone. Change pressures you to overcome certain fears or insecurities which is something we all dread to do.

But the truth is, the only way to embrace life is to embrace change. Sometimes we’re blinded by the reality that change is needed because we’re convinced that knowing something well means it’s right.

The only way for you to protect yourself from the twists and turns of fate is to master the art of changing and adapting to whatever new conditions you’re forced to live with. And change is not always a bad thing, sometimes change allows you to free yourself from toxic situations or difficult circumstances. At first, change can sometimes look terrifying, but once you dive deep into it, it becomes easier to navigate, embrace and accept. Sometimes change is exactly what you need to grow and shine. Below are some resources, navigating some common areas where youth may face change.

Resources:

1.    For informational videos on puberty (and on many, many other important topics!), check out what the AMAZE project has published here.

2.    Gender and identity is another big category of change. For Canadian youth to find information and support about gender and identity, try the OK2BME project here. For transgender information and support that is not specific to Canada, check out another nonprofit here. For a resource on coming out for Black LGBTQ+ youth, here is a PDF published by the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention.

3.    Aging out of American foster care marks a huge life change. Here is a government website that links to a ton of resources.

4.    For Canadian youth aging out of the system, information and resources can vary by province or territory. Make yourself familiar with the policies associated with your region! That said, here is some great information from the Adoptive Families Association of BC.

5.    For climate change wellness information, or strategies to begin to address personal “eco-anxiety,” read this article published by REI.

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