Blog

07
May

Creating a New View of Boys Being Boys

I was just recovering from a year-long depression over endless dialogue around #MeToo and toxic masculinity at executive levels when I found myself at my desk, being turned inside-out, watching Christine Blasey Ford testify in the Brett Kavanaugh hearing. I listened intently as she began to turn her life into a circus for the greater...
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07
May

Meet Jennifer Johnson Co-Founder Captains & Poets

I am Jennifer Johnson, Co-Founder of Captains & Poets and I am so grateful to be connected with our growing community of #educators, #parents and #leaders. As a parent, a former educator, an entrepreneur and a passionate changemaker, I want all kids to be empowered and to thrive as they navigate the complexities of identity and life. My M.A. in Curriculum, Teaching...
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05
May

Meet Jan Frolic Co-Founder Captains & Poets

I am Jan Frolic, Co-Founder of Captains & Poets and SVP at Women of Influence Worldwide Inc., and I am so happy to finally introduce myself to our growing community of educators, parents and leaders. During my 7 years in the gender equity space, I saw that the conversation around equity, diversity, belonging and inclusion really needed to start happening earlier....
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29
Apr

The Kids Are Not Alright – But They Can Be

“Stressed and overwhelmed!” That’s how 10-year-old Owen* says he’s feeling, amidst the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ontario. When asked if there’s anything that would help him feel better, he replies: “COVID being over. I feel like it’s never going to end.” A few weeks after being told by the police that he...
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15
Apr

Igniting a Sense of Identity and Belonging in Our Young People

She is a 9-year-old girl who is in her school band and plays on a recreational soccer team. He is a 14-year-old boy on his school’s basketball team who attends camp each summer. Most of all, these Canadian kids enjoy hanging out with their friends.  After more than a year of suspended relationships and activities...
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11
Mar

Changing the Narrative and Helping Kids Find Connection in a Disconnected World

COVID-19 has propelled kids on a journey of self-discovery. Captains & Poets is changing the narrative around how this global shared experience for young people could create empowered, self-aware world citizens.   The isolation and sense of loss imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic on young people has the potential to mark this generation with a...
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