Jason Hradoway

Youth Worker

“I realized how a small relational investment transformed my life, so I decided that I would try to help transform other young lives.”

It was this personal impact which led Jason into his role with Youth Unlimited, first as an outreach worker in Edmonton for four years and then in Vancouver.

His current focus is running YU’s Street Life program, Vancouver’s only mobile youth drop-in centre, where 90% of the youth he works with are Indigenous. Street Life gives him and the YU team a chance to connect with youth through low-barrier outreach* in a unique and safe environment.

“I love to witness hope among those on the margins, to see people express love, compassion and care despite being abused, insulted, used, and oppressed.”

After a full day at YU, you might find Jason playing his banjo, listening to punk rock music, or teaching himself electrical engineering.

*Low-barrier means there is less structure and commitment allowing more access points for the most vulnerable kids, who are harder to reach, but need the most support.

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