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Navigating Back to School


As the back-to-school season approaches, Youth Unlimited Edmonton finds itself at the epicentre of a whirlwind of emotions from the young people we serve. From eager anticipation to underlying worries, our youth have been sharing their thoughts about returning to school. In this blog, we'll delve into the diverse perspectives and feelings that have emerged, shedding light on the complex journey of going back to school.

The Eager Beavers

Some of the youth we've spoken with are counting down the days until they can step back into the classroom. They express a deep yearning for the social interactions and collaborative spirit that school offers. For them, school is not just a place of learning; it's a hub of connection where they can share ideas, engage in discussions, and cultivate lasting friendships. The structured routine of school also provides a sense of stability and purpose, qualities that they have missed during the break.

The Weight of Worries

Conversely, there are those among our youth who harbor concerns about returning to school. The challenges posed by the pandemic, including remote learning and isolation, have left a mark on their confidence and well-being. These youth worry about catching up on missed lessons, adapting to the demands of in-person learning once again, and reestablishing social connections that may have faded during the hiatus. Their anxieties reflect the profound impact that the past year has had on their academic and emotional landscapes.

Balancing Act: Navigating the Middle Ground

In the midst of these varied emotions, many of our youth find themselves navigating a delicate balance between eagerness and apprehension. They acknowledge the importance of education and personal growth that school provides, yet they grapple with the uncertainties of the new normal. Striving to preserve their health and well-being, they contemplate how to merge the benefits of classroom learning with the lessons they've learned about resilience and adaptability.


Youth Unlimited Edmonton stands as a beacon of support for young individuals as they embark on the journey back to school. Our interactions with the youth reveal a spectrum of emotions, each one valid and significant. Whether brimming with enthusiasm, burdened by worries, or treading the middle ground, our youth are a testament to the complexity of the human experience.

As we stand by our youth during this transitional phase, we celebrate their courage and willingness to share their thoughts. The path back to school is not just about physical reintegration; it's a reflection of their personal growth, collective strength, and unwavering determination to shape their own destinies.

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