Youth Unlimited in Mission provides creative, relational and socially conscious programming for youth and their families in a Christian context. We inspire those on the margins and the kids next door to discover their full potential. We connect motivated supporters and volunteers to youth who strive towards transformation in the whole person and in world around them.
(for more information go to www.jesters.ca)
With a highly competitive work environment in their future, shouldn’t parents discourage kids from “wasting” their time on the dramatic arts? Studies indicate a resounding “no!” Theatre enables kids not only to develop artistic skills, but mental, physical, and interpersonal skills as well. Studies show that these kids do better in standardized testing, have improved self-confidence and benefit from having developed the ability to follow a timeline, use self-discipline, cooperate with others and accept feedback.
Open to the entire youth-aged community, Jester’s Theatre was created not only with those practical benefits in mind, but also to inspire young people to love theatre within the context of a Christian discipline environment. Through an eleven-week fall theatre club, Jester’s students learn basic acting, dancing, and backstage skills. The season culminates with a full-scale drama production. During the off season, students help write scripts for upcoming shows and participate in the Jester’s spring break and summer camps.
Jester’s is a safe place where children can learn and grow in personal confidence. We’ve had the joy of watching many kids overcome fears, embarrassment, and feelings of inadequacy. We’ve seen children once overcome with stage fright take speaking roles, and teens who once only cared about themselves become leaders responsible for choreographing and directing stage movement.
• Program Contact: Sharon Wiebe
Homeless Youth Resource Centre
A collaborative initiative to provide a place for homeless youth to eat, shower, do laundry, access services and receive help from caring adults
Local homeless youth have had few resources in Mission. They avoid places frequented by homeless adults, instead seeking help at youth centres in other cities. When they don’t find the help they need, they risk ending up in dangerous situations.
The Homeless Youth Resource Centre, an initiative of the Mission Youth Homelessness Committee and over 15 service providers in Mission, is getting ready to open its doors and help youth in our community.
Recent estimates indicate that there can be up to 25 homeless youth in Mission at any given time.
The MYHC surveyed local homeless youth to understand their top needs.
1. A place to get cleaned up and have a shower.
2. Access to laundry
3. Healthy, warm meals
4. Non-judgmental adults to talk too
The Homeless Youth Resource Centre will address these needs.
This initiative is a collaboration between Mission Community Services, Youth Unlimited, District of Mission, RCMP, Valley Youth Partnership for Engagement & Respect (VYPER), Fraser House, Ministry for Children and Family Development, Mission Division of Family Practice, Women’s Resource Society of Fraser Valley, Mission Friendship Centre, Mission Food Access Network, Cyrus Centre, Mission School District, Impact Youth Substance Use Services, Abbotsford Youth Health Centre, Youth Engaged for Sustainable Healthcare, Fraser Health Authority, Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society and the Mission Youth Homelessness Committee.
Transforming lives through hands-on art projects that connect youth with their creative side and their creator. Project vary throughout the year. Please contact us for more information.
• Program contact: Barry McLeod
- One to one mentorship - transforming lives through advice, prayer, bible study, example and accountability.
- Restorative Justice - participation in initiatives to bring justice, resolution and healing to youth conflicts and other injustices in our society. This happens in Mission high schools and other venues.
- Project Playground - transforming youth and the Skatin First Nations community through reconciliation, building community facilities and giving youth the opportunity to serve.