Andrew Chong

Area Director

 

As area director for Youth Unlimited (YU) on the North Shore, Andrew leads a team of youth workers and volunteers in caring for a young person’s wholistic health—mental, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual. To serve youth most effectively, he has created a myriad of partnerships with local schools, government, churches, businesses, and community organizations. 

As a follower of Jesus, Andrew believes it is ingrained in his Christian faith to serve and lift up all people, regardless of religion, race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic status, physical and mental ability, national origin, and political ideology.

Working in his hometown of North Vancouver is near and dear to his heart as he was born and raised in Lynn Valley; one of his first ever projects with Youth Unlimited North Shore, back in 2013, was creating a lunchtime floor hockey league at his former high school, Sutherland Secondary.

Andrew loves bringing people together, helping young people see their potential, and creating spaces that lead to transformation. You can usually find him at JJ Bean on Lonsdale, sipping tea with a young person. A couple times a week, you might see him driving along Lonsdale with the YU Mobile Youth Drop-In (an ’82 Winnebago RV) en route to a high school outreach session. And depending on the time of year, you might spot Andrew planning CityFest with youth ambassadors, preparing for the Elevation Project in Rwanda with young leaders, or collaborating with local leaders on Mayor Buchanan’s Social Resiliency Collective.

Andrew lives in Central Lonsdale with his wife, Jennifer, an emergency nurse and proud alum of YU’s Lifeteams program. They have two dogs, MILO and Boessy. In Andrew’s past life, he covered the Vancouver Canucks for ESPN SportsTicker and was editor of HockeyNow magazine.

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