As a majority minority city, Richmond is comprised of many different nationalities, many of which are often recent immigrants. The group often expriences isolation and the youth are thus more succeptable to negative peer presure. To fight these challenges Youth Unlimited Richmond has developed numerous programs focused on integration through teamwork, self-esteem buidling and adventure.
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The Fridge is our weekly drop-in centre for teens. This program gives teens the opportunity to spend Friday nights in a fun and safe environment with positive adult role models. While set as a drop-in style program where youth choose their own activities, we do host some big event nights! Some past events have included annual Gladiator nights, movie nights, iPod touch giveaways, sports competitions, Easter All Nighter events, and much more. This program also gives teens the opportunity to become volunteer leaders where they help out in various roles, participate in weekly bible studies, are given challenge of the nights to complete, and will learn what it means to be a leader. Currently, this program has become known as the longest running youth drop-in centre in the City of Richmond and is creeping closer towards hitting the big 20 years mark.
FUEL at the Fridge is a great place to meet new friends, do fun stuff, talk about life together and discover God! This is a youth club setting where we often don’t remain in the Fridge building but go out into Metro Vancouver. Some of our activities include C2day – a monthly activity which involves caring for the people in our community; “Breakdown” – where our youth group splits up into different teams to try and solve the mysteries of life; and fun activity nights like boat cruises and formal dinner nights.
We are involved in various Sports. We run recreational floor hockey league, lunch hour fitness club and coach various sports in the local highschools, such as Tennis, Table Tennis, Volleyball and Badminton. Sports are an important part of young people’s lives, it is an opportunity to build confidence and discover the person they are on the inside. Coaching give us a great opportunity to build into young peoples lives through the world of sports.
Youth are at the age where they both begin to develop independence yet desperately need loving guidance. Many youth strive for adventure, but do not have safe boundaries, nor purpose-filled input from mature adults. Through Youth Unlimited Richmond’s Adventure trips, youth can spread the dive into a world of adventure and fun, while building relationships with leaders who care and can mentor them as they navigate the years ahead. Some of the camps have a more mature and/spirit-filled focus, while others have a higher focus on relaxation and fun, but all lead to stronger relationships and a deeper understanding of themselves. On a consistent basis, we run Project Serve Mexico trips, where a group of 30+ people will Serve at Rancho Milagro Children’s home, near Ensenada, Mexico. For many years, we have had summer camps at Camp Latona, but recently tried an inland camp – Spring Lake Camp, which is a horse ranch. Over night ski trips have been at the amazing Whistler resort, and most recently at Manning Park Resort. During Spring Break we have typically taken a group down to Disneyland or similar recreational locations. Our Spiritual Retreat have mainly been local, with the emphasis on God’s creation and how God is in our lives.
Events & Trips
Project Serve Mexico 2013
• July 31-August 14, 2013
A bi-annual adventure taking place this August. Roughly 30 teens head down to Ensenada, Mexico to work at an orphanage. Click the link for details.