20 2016

16,000+ Students Across Canada Open Up About Their Turning Points

May 20th 2016
Turning Points Awards Ceremony - 2016
More than 16,000 students from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador courageously opened up this year about a significant event – a turning point – in their lives as part of The Learning Partnership’s Turning Points program.

The program, which aims to increase character awareness and literacy skills among students from Grades six to 12, provides students with a platform to reflect and write about their experiences and values in personal essays.

“The real benefit is that it gives the students a vehicle to write about what is most important to them,” said Marni Angus, National Program Manager of Turning Points.

This year’s essays ranged from ‘Transition,’ in which a Grade eight student from North Bay, Ontario shared his experiences coming out as transgender, to ‘The Monster in the Closet,’ in which a Grade eight student from Toronto recounted his mental health struggles, which he likens to “the monster,” and how he sought support from others facing similar struggles.

“We all have pain in ourselves, pain we keep trying to fight by ourselves,” the student wrote. “We can’t. I can’t. It won’t happen right away, but we need to find people to fight with us to help us defeat the Monster in the Closet.”

It takes a tremendous amount of courage to open up about such significant and personal turning points in our lives, and we’re proud of every student for sharing their inspiring stories.