Showing posts from February, 2016

Langley Youth Unlimited

We love working in partnership with our local schools and community associations! The Langley Meadows Community Association is hosting a community safety information night on March 2 at 7pm in the Langley Meadows school library! If you are from the Langley Meadows area and want to learn how you can improve safety and prevent neighborhood crime, come down and join us!

A Way Home

One third of Canada’s homeless population is between the ages of 16 and 24, 65% of homeless
youth fail to complete high school, 30% of homeless youth are involved in the sex-trade and 52.8% of youth reported being threatened with an attack1. For my peace and justice class at Columbia Bible College we were asked to research a specific peace and justice issue and present, write or create our findings. Through my involvement in Youth Unlimited, it has become very evident that youth homelessness is an enormous issue. Youth homelessness is a global issue, but also one that is personal to me. The youth I have relationships with have shared real, extensive stories of their homeless journeys. Experts say that the majority of youth homelessness occurs because they have experienced some sort of sexual, physical or emotional abuse or neglect. It is very rare that youth leave happy homes to be on the streets. Homelessness leads to many destructive lifestyles such as drugs, pregnancy, mental heal…

Rinse and Repeat

The idea of making contact with a teen can be a scary thought to someone who isn’t surrounded by it day in and day out. Most of the time they are temperamental, hormonal, closed off, distracted…it can be intimidating. How can one begin to connect with someone who cannot stay focused on something for more than two minutes? How is it possible to foster growth with a young person? How can you work with this teen that most don’t want to engage with?

The first thing we do is get awkward. The only way us engaging with a young person would not feel awkward is if it was on our terms (as adults) and not on theirs. That is exactly why I go to the schools
every day - to enter into their lives and submerge in their day-to-day struggles and victories. That’s where those awkward first interactions and conversations come from. Because I clearly stick out like a sore thumb in a school setting, it’s clear that I don’t belong there in their world. Could it be painful to watch those initial interaction…

The Inconvenient Crisis

Supervising younger staff and interns has taught me that many of the things I do as a youthworker I’ve done for so long that I don’t even realize I’m doing them anymore. It’s not until I get asked a question about it that I realize… that thing that’s just automatic now, wasn’t that way 10 years ago. This week as I chatted with an intern about how easy it is to get swept away in the emotions of other people’s problems I had one of those moments. I thought it might be helpful to share with you…

The Inconvenient Crisis
People in crisis are inconvenient. They tend to show up at the end of a long week, on date night, in the middle of the night, on weekends or right before an important meeting. So how do you respond to a person in crisis when you don’t have the time or capacity to deal with it right now?

A counsellor once told me, “There is almost no crisis in a person’s life that cannot wait until tomorrow.” Just because a person is in crisis doesn’t mean we need to enter into their crisis …

New Opportunities

This January we started a gym blast program at a local middle school. A gym blast is a time of open gym where we facilitate gym games, such as dodgeball. It is similar to the recreation program I’ve run in Langley for years with one significant difference - this program is being run in partnership with the school during school hours. Many of these youth are young people I knew already from my work in the community, and it is exciting to see them in a new context and to meet their friends and teachers.

At Youth Unlimited our dream is that the youth of Langley would have the means to live a healthy life: physically, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. I am excited for the expansion into a new school and the opportunity to foster current relationships with students as they are moving up through the school system. This is an opportunity to really address the physical health of youth in giving them an alternative at lunch than just sitting on their phones, playing their…

Items Desired

folding chairs for our Wednesday programs - we have so many youth attending we are running out of chairs!food to help stock our cupboards - a lot of youth arrive to our programs not having eaten all day - consider adding a box of pizza pops or Mr Noodles to your next grocery shop

If you wish to donate any of these items, please contact Megan at 604-557-6507 or

Langley Youth Unlimited

Just a reminder that there is no Nights Alive at Langley meadows school this week.

Langley Youth Unlimited

Hello everyone! Nights Alive will be running this week in the Langley Meadows school gym from 6 to 8pm. Anyone in grades 5 to 7 is welcome to come out and play gym games with us! :)

A Message From Our Interns (On Behalf of Chris)

Hello, my name is Jared.
I am an intern at Langley Youth Unlimited. Chris is my supervisor. As I have been working with
young people in the community, Chris and the rest of the team have been amazing to learn from. I have learned ways to help youth in ways that can make all the difference in their lives. It has been a really cool opportunity, and I feel incredibly blessed. The Lord has broken my heart for young people. Their stories are unbelievable. The youth workers interact with them in amazing ways. I’ve witnessed the Langley staff share the gospel in amazing ways. They also live out the gospel before them, reflecting Jesus to those who desperately need Him.  They are not afraid to share Jesus, and I have been surprised by how often this conversation comes up.

- Jared

Hello, my name is Sarah.
I have been interning at Langley YU since September. Over the last number of months I have seen a glimpse of what it is like to be a youth worker, both through interacting with the staff and…

Asking For Help

We are taught to strive for greatness. We are taught that we can all be the next Bill Gates, Kelly Clarkson, or Mother Teresa. All it takes is knowing what we want and putting in a little extra effort. We’re taught that we’re capable of anything, so we must do something great. There isn’t much room for mediocrity, humility, or knowing and respecting our own limits. One thing I love about working with youth is the opportunity to help them set realistic goals that they can be proud of. For some of them that goal is to quit smoking. For others that goal is to stop skipping school so much. For others that goal is to properly gauge their own mental health and know when to ask for help.

From society’s perspective there is nothing nice about needing to ask for help. To many, it shows weakness. The other day I was hanging out with a teen who shared a story from their week where they had reached a tipping point. From their perspective, they could handle no more and were worried what might hap…