Our "Making Space" Strategy
We simply cannot ignore the disparities, inequity, and injustice facing young people on the margins each day – whether by virtue of their circumstances, internal struggles, or even where they live. By fostering transformation among these precious friends of ours, we hope to see their renewal bring hope and flourishing to every inch of our city. To do so, we will intentionally increase our engagement with vulnerable youth, with the hope that a growing number of these friends will experience wholistic transformation.
Many of us are all-too-aware of the growing mental health epidemic among young people, and it’s a reality our staff grapple with in each of our programs across the city. Our hope is that no young person we serve would go through these struggles alone. We know it’s imperative that we be a consistent, loving, and well-equipped presence for the sake of these young people’s wellbeing. Therefore, we will intentionally accompany youth in the midst of their mental health challenges, with the hope that they feel well-supported and are better able to flourish.
Furthermore, we know young people need to find a vibrant community of belonging that nurtures their faith and wellbeing for life–well into their adult years. We believe, too, that young people can breathe life into local churches throughout the city. To this end, we will intentionally come alongside neighbourhood churches to engage in mission together, with the hope that all our youth will find a long-term place of belonging in vibrant local Christian communities.
Seeing young lives radically changed by personal experiences of God remains the heartbeat of Youth Unlimited. Transformed youth transforming our city is a vision born out of our “Canvas of Transformation” coming to life in the individuals and communities we serve. We will intentionally live out wholistic transformation as team members together with our youth, with the hope that more and more young people will experience God’s transformative work in their lives.
Supporting the Pathways
In order to have the impact we hope to see in the four “ministry pathways”, we recognize YU needs to build adequate infrastructure and support for them. To that end, our Central Services team is committed to supporting Making Space in these ways: (1) Equipping staff and volunteers; (2) Recruiting for key leadership positions and a growing, diverse team of field staff; (3) Developing earned-income ministries; (4) Enhancing field collaboration; (5) Coordinating central services engagement.