About

FOR THE YOUTH, BY THE YOUTH

Youth Mind is an online magazine made for the youth, by the youth. Our editors and contributors aim to cover content that we believe young people care about.

Whether it’s school, the job market, the environment or social justice, we know that these areas affect — and will continue to affect — our demographic the most.

For this reason we wanted to cover such content with the utmost respect and attention that it deserves.

We hope that Youth Mind will inform, motivate and empower the young people of today.

OUR TEAM

Haeley DiRisio

Managing Editor

Youth Mind’s Managing Editor, Haeley DiRisio, aspires to one day become a published author, preferably writing from the comfort of a cottage in the English countryside.

Kayla Empey

Copy Editor

Kayla Empey is the previous copy editor for Youth Mind. She enjoys drinking tea, obsessing over Carrie Underwood and wearing plaid (she owns 16 flannel shirts). 

Aisharja Chowdhury

Creative Editor

Aisharja is the Creative Editor. She is currently studying Graphic Communications Management at Toronto Metropolitain University (formerly Ryerson). When she isn’t working, she likes to watch movies and K-drama’s, listen to music and play video games.

Alyssa Bravo

Reporter

Alyssa Bravo is a previous reporter for Youth Mind. She is a coffee fiend and likes music, movies and food. She wishes to travel to Italy and Greece, and hopes she’ll live to see the day the Toronto Maple Leafs win their 14th championship. When she’s not writing, you can probably find her watching videos of dogs or baby pandas.

Amy Fournier

Reporter

Amy is a previous reporter for Youth Mind. She is passionate about oat milk lattes, any film featuring Adam Driver, and tending to her tiny indoor Basil garden.

Grace Nelson-Gunness

Reporter

Grace Nelson-Gunness is a reporter for Youth Mind. She enjoys watching Criminal Minds or reading a suspenseful horror-thriller novel while drinking a vanilla latte. 

Rebecca Benitez-Berona

Reporter

Rebecca Benitez-Berona is a reporter at Youth Mind. She is passionate about social justice, creative writing, reading poetry and youth mental health. When she is not writing, she is exploring nature or trying out yet another new bubble tea shop.

Olivia Matheson-Mowers

Reporter

Olivia Matheson-Mowers is a previous reporter for Youth Mind. When she’s not writing, or playing with her cat, Daisy, you can find her curled up in her heated blanket watching seasons 1-6 of Dragon Ball Z and complaining about seasons 7-9.

Brittany Stuckless

Reporter

Brittany is a reporter for Youth Mind. When she isn’t working hard to become a full-time writer, she can be found making a dinner reservation, rewatching her favourite movies, or reading about true crime. She’s also ready to hop back onto her bike —as soon as she gets her brakes fixed.

Khaleda Khan

Reporter

Khaleda is a previous reporter for Youth Mind. If she’s not daydreaming of owning a bookstore cafe, she’s most likely pining over pretty classic book covers.

Nabeeha Baig

Social Media Coordinator

Nabeeha Baig is the previous social media coordinator for Youth Mind and graduated from the Ryerson School of Journalism in 2021. When she’s not working, she enjoys thrift shopping, reading in the park or spending time with her cat, Lulu 

Aneesh Chatterjee

Reporter

Aneesh is a previous staff reporter for Youth Mind.

Jordan Desmarais

Reporter

Jordan is a reporter for Youth Mind. In his free time he can be found playing basketball, hanging out with friends or working hard to become a full-time writer.

Melanie Lennon

Contributing Editor

Melanie is the contributing editor for Youth Mind. She has a background in journalism and feels very passionate about storytelling. When she isn’t working, you’ll find her listening to music (a little too loudly), rewatching the same movies she’s seen too many times or reading a really good book.

Laura Bourbonnais

Copy Editor

Laura is a Copy Editor for Youth Mind. When she’s not reading, writing, proofreading or editing, she’s binge-watching series and films, adding new goals to her bucket list and daydreaming or listening to an eclectic playlist or podcast. She can also often be found dancing, unsubscribing to emails she accidentally subscribed to, discovering new green spaces or snuggling with her dog.

Dru Gary

Journalist

Dru Gary (she/they) is a journalist for Youth Mind. She is a queer BIPOC poet and writer and a recent graduate from OCADU with a BFA in Creative Writing. She loves words and the act of stringing them together to create arrangements that are both beautiful and meaningful. They find inspiration in the intangible and attempt to create images out of abstract thought to understand and ground themselves. She ultimately seeks truth and healing through her practice.

Eliot Gilbert

Journalist

Eliot is a journalist for Youth Mind. His background is in English and creative writing at York University. When not writing, he studies medical laboratory science in Kingston, and enjoys hand spinning yarn, cooking, and gardening.

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

As settlers, we’re grateful for the opportunity to meet here and we thank all the generations of people who have taken care of this land — for thousands of years.

Youth Mind Magazine acknowledges the Indigenous land on which we work that has been inhabited by Indigenous peoples since the beginning.

Long before today, there have been Indigenous peoples who have been the stewards of this place.

We wish to acknowledge the traditional territory of many nations, including the Petun, Mississaugas of the Credit, the Mississauga, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit.

We recognize and deeply appreciate their historic connection to this place. We also recognize the contributions of Métis, Inuit, and other Indigenous peoples have made, both in shaping and strengthening this community in particular, and our province and country as a whole.

As settlers, this recognition of the contributions and historic importance of Indigenous peoples must also be clearly and overtly connected to our collective commitment to make the promise and the challenge of Truth and Reconciliation real in our communities, and in particular to bring justice for murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls across our country.