March 29, 2021

YU’s long-term youth worker Calvin Williams walks with Trevor. Trevor, 25, is a strong, caring and passionate young man, who is often called upon to share his expertise on how to best support struggling youth in Mission. His compassion and knowledge were forged through deep heartache, but also through the committed care he received from a faithful youth worker. At an early age, Trevor lost his family, navigated foster care, and experienced deep mental health struggles. “I was ten years old when my mom and grandma couldn’t afford to take care of me,” says Trevor. “I had a happy childhood...

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February 1, 2021

              As the tire-on-gravel crunching comes to a halt and the van doors burst open, the inviting fresh, cool breeze hits Graham’s face. He inhales the familiar smell of pine, as memories of past adventures reinvigorate his excitement. Even as the youth spill out of the van, it feels quiet. They are suddenly too focused on adventure prep to chitchat. Bikes get unloaded and checked. Elbow pads, knee pads, goggles, helmet — checked. A couple of snacks are stuffed into an empty pocket. The perfect entanglement of eager anticipation, nervousness and delight reverberates through...

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August 27, 2020

Taylor, an 18-year-old, tech-talented youth from Maple Ridge, is no stranger to hardship and pain. She’s had challenges with identity and acceptance, spent her life juggling two households, and barely graduated high school. Her mental health was constantly eroded by depression and school stress, while unknowingly battling the effects of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). “High school slowly got harder every year,” Taylor said, sharing her situation made it difficult to complete school.            Sandra Reilly, a trained counsellor and gifted empathetic Youth Unlimited outreach worker, has been working in the Maple Ridge schools since 2016. That’s where she met Taylor....

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May 30, 2020

              SCOTT Scott Guitard is a youth worker in Mission and helps run the Mission Youth House (MY House) Q: How have MY House operations changed since this started? A: At first we were a pick-up point for meals, groceries and supplies, where youth could also access showers, laundry, toiletries and harm-reduction items. In May, the location transitioned into a 24-hour youth shelter. Q: What are the main needs of your youth right now? A: The number one need is food and personal check-ins. Quite a few of the youth I serve moved into...

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