August 31, 2022

For Virginie, a single mother of seven in Kigali, Rwanda, life often seemed hopeless. With little income and no family support, Virginie could only imagine small dreams for her children. For most low-income children in Rwanda education ends at grade six, so Virginie’s hopes for her children ended there. “I was young and alone in caring for my children and struggling for life,” she says. “I thought, if my children could read and write, then that would be enough for them.” That all changed in 2007 when Virginie learned of a school sponsorship program at YFC’s newly founded Kigali Christian...

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June 1, 2022

At age 21, Skye knew her long-term life goal was to open a youth drop-in centre in her Alberta home town, but she had no idea where to start. At age 20, Megan was unsure if she wanted to work with youth, let alone leave her home province of Quebec, but she knew her experience in ministry was drawing her toward something.         Yet once both women learned about Youth Unlimited’s Lifeteams School of Youth Outreach, they knew they’d found the next step on their journey. They moved provinces and jumped into the learning, challenge and growth that Lifeteams offers....

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April 1, 2022

After overcoming self-doubt, Cole became a blogger, role model and co-creator of an accidental bird-watching club When Derek first met 13-year-old Cole, he recalls him being a troublemaker. Cole was easily influenced by friends to misbehave and became a distraction in the classroom. “I struggled with ADHD,” says Cole, “I was constantly hyper and found it impossible to focus. It got in the way of my performance at school.” In grade eight, he was placed into a special program for kids who needed extra attention.         Now, in his final year of high school, Cole admits that being part of...

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October 27, 2021

As a teenager, Georgia’s mental state was anything but calm. Having grown up around others with signficant anxiety, depression, and ADHD, Georgia compares her unending feeling of anxiety to a headless chicken running around, affecting her sense of logic. Youth Unlimited’s Andrew Chong, a calm presence in turbulent times, has been a steady and supportive influence for her. Thanks in part to Andrew’s help, Georgia has been able to not only cope with her anxiety and mental health struggles but to see the gift in overcoming challenges. In high school, Georgia suffered multiple concussions, including a major double concussion in...

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