East Van YU

Vision & Mission

Greater Vancouver Youth Unlimited is a Christian organization that has been serving the lower mainland region of BC for over 60 years. Youth Unlimited is committed to seeing young people move towards a healthy, safe and abundant life. We believe in the transforming influence of the teaching of Jesus and attempt to follow in His way of living.

Youth Unlimited’s work in East Vancouver focuses on youth who are facing the challenges of homelessness, poverty, addiction and exploitation. Our hope is that they will discover their purpose, value and dignity and move towards a healthy life.

At East Vancouver Youth Unlimited we focus on three main areas:

Prevention

Working hard to engage with at risk youth.

We will do this through our Street Life Project which is a mobile drop-in centre that we can take to different locations where street involved youth spend their time. We will also be partnering with other outreach teams and local alternative schooling programs to provide support, resources and build meaningful relationships with those youth.

Intervention

Working hard to help youth exit street culture.

We will do this by making ourselves available and present to youth in the Downtown Eastside. We will be working together with other organizations to provide the support and resources needed to help these youth move towards a healthy life.

Aftercare

Working hard to move youth from street culture to non-street culture through meaningful work and meaningful activities.

We are partnering with World Vision and Mission Possible to provide youth with meaningful employment opportunities along with mentorship, skill development and life development in a social enterprise environment. Creative Life is another avenue for youth to engage in meaningful activities by discovering their assets and abilities through visual arts. We also invite youth to participate in monthly community meals and out-trips to experience a sense of belonging. Our hope is to see youth discover what it looks like to live a healthy, vibrant and full life.