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 National Youth Week – this year, it...

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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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June 6, 2019

              On any given Monday or Tuesday, at the Youth Unlimited mobile drop-in centre in East Vancouver (Street Life), you will find a steady, caring and committed volunteer sharing life with the youth who come for a meal and stay for friendship. Some of these youth are street involved and care for their well-being is in short supply — but not at Street Life.            It’s there you’ll find Stephanie Robinson (not photographed), whose kindness and commitment are sparked by her own story, working alongside someone who not too long ago was part of her...

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