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 a house in...

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April 9, 2020

              Maya’s toes curled up inside her shoes as she watched backstage with nervous excitement as Quite Like This, a band comprised of high school students, stepped out on stage for the first time in their young lives. She exhaled deeply as the first chord was strummed and the crowd cheered. A year of planning led to this exhilarating moment.            Maya is one of 75 North Vancouver youth volunteers who run CityFest, a collaborative youth festival attended by 5,000 people. CityFest is the largest youth run event in B.C., and happens every year during...

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February 8, 2020

                Sometimes, it doesn’t look like anything is happening. Our youth workers love, guide, support; and yet sometimes there is no visible change in the life of a youth who desperately needs it. Sometimes, it even gets much worse. But we know this truth by faith and experience: God is always at work and no loving investment is ever in vain. One great example is that of Brody. Brody was the crazy class clown; always making people laugh but seemingly never listening. A dynamic duo with his best friend Ben, the pair would...

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September 3, 2019

              “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about”            That reminder is nestled at the bottom of every one of Eric Ens’ emails and is the embodiment of how he lives.            A Volleyball BC Hall of Famer, a former Youth Unlimited Executive Director, an outstanding coach and youth worker, Eric has been supported by YU partners to directly impact the lives of thousands of youth in his 33 (and counting) years of service. It was 1987. It was the year of mullets, Air Jordan’s, and oversized blazers. It...

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