Skateboarding’s raw, edgy and sometimes dangerous persona has often been associated with post modern frustration. And while that’s not always the reality, skateboarding is can be a healthy outlet for kids struggling with the cards life has dealt them, but so often there are few acceptable places to skate. YU Skate Club was created for youth who eat, breathe, live and dream all things skateboarding. Our aim is to give skate kids more of what they love in a positive, healthy context. We meet weekly to share a meal, skate, share a thought for the night and to skate some more.
As mentors we provide support to schools through weekly involvement with students. When the needs of the school or student body change, our programs change with them. We have coached sports teams, provided mental training for athletes, run cooking clubs, and facilitated discussion groups, games clubs, lunch hour activities and movie clubs. Our aim is to provide support for schools in our community in whatever way is needed.
Poverty comes in many forms. In Africa it is more often associated with a lack of food and necessities, while in North America it’s a bit more subtle. It can range from isolation to a severe lack of love. Through our ongoing partnership with Rwanda Youth For Christ and Kigali Christian School we are able to offer youth the life-changing opportunity to visit Rwanda and discover the true meaning of poverty—and richness. Coming from all walks of life, some youth discover they are not the victims they once considered themselves to be, while others learn humility in serving and receiving from a transformational community overseas. We call this the Elevation Project.
From road trips, to camps, ski trips to festivals, North Shore Youth Unlimited exposes teens to the wild adventures they seek in a context that is safe and purpose-filled. The trips are as diverse as the youth: Cityfest Youth Festival attracts over 2,500 youth enjoying art, dance, music, food and the biggest skateboard competition in Vancouver; Through Road Rage skaters can attend the largest skateboard camp in BC; and Way Past Curfew is an annual youth night where 300 senior high students can enjoy sports, music, games, self-expression and in calm moments have the opportunity to discover true purpose. The myriad of other events include youth conferences, ski/snowboard days, camp outs, and a special, annual senior youth retreat at Green Bay.
While Youth Unlimited understands the adventure-seeking, sometimes rebellious season that many youth find themselves in, we also know that kids wrestle with deeper questions about life, love, faith and more. As we partner with church youth groups, we can connect kids who earnestly want to dig deeper to mentors, small groups and service opportunities in their community. Our desire is that youth would be free to explore all issues that affect their lives including faith and spirituality.