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Development: Generation Z-who are they and how can we reach them? (3:18)

They are the newest generation known as GenZ, the iGeneration, the distracted generation and “Screenagers”. Jen gives us the bullet points on what makes this generation tick and shows us how we can reach them with the truth of Jesus!

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Kayla: Love Lumps

board gamesThe other night, during an animated, laughter-filled game of ‘Taboo’, there was an especially fragrant aroma of joy at the RV. It was my friend Nathan’s turn to guess. The word was ‘love handles’. A few quick glances were shared, the timer was flipped and the round was on!

Nathan’s partner went right into explaining that lovely deposit of excess which sits right above the hips–most prominent, often spilling over, when wearing pants with a tight waistband.

“Muffin-top!” Nathan exclaimed. Continue reading Kayla: Love Lumps

Issue: Broken Homes (3:11)

1 in 3 teens live in the context of a broken home. We know you see their hurt. And we know you want to respond.

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Issue: Anxiety (4:52)

Anxiety impacts roughly 1 in 5 Canadian teens–and it’s often confusing to know how to help. This video gives an overview of the signs & symptoms, plus simple tips for assisting teens in moving forward.

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Issue: Mental Health & Youth

MentalHealthWe know the amount of care required by serious mental health concerns is too heavy to manage alone. Working together is better.  Helping teens with mental health challenges requires the creation of or connection to a network of support for the teen.

View and download the Helpsheet HERE.

Click HERE to watch a video about Mental Health 101.

Click HERE to watch a video about walking alongside youth who struggle with mental health.

Issue: Surviving being “At-Risk”

164-6428_IMGSome kids seem to have the odds stacked against them, but research shows that trouble doesn’t need to be their destiny.  Standing despite the storms is called Resiliency, and it can happen when kids have a variety of protective factors built into their lives.

Building Resiliency in Young People is a resource from Australia that offers tons of practical exercises to do with groups that can be modified to use in one-on-one’s as well. The information is valuable and knowing it will help you as a youth worker feel less powerless against the negative factors threatening youth.

I’ve been ready all my life

imagesI had a birthday this month. I am now a few years into the second half of my first century. Not too big a deal.

I tell people that I still feel thirty. The truth is, I don’t really remember what I felt like at thirty. The lines get a bit blurred for me some days as to what the number of my age means.

One of my students shares the same birthday as me. She turned 19. Just starting life. Becoming an adult, she said. A big deal. I turned 53. Old by my students’ standards. Not a big deal. Continue reading I’ve been ready all my life

Showed me how to meet with Jesus

Lifeteams-64SARAH | Year 14
Sarah is  currently pursuing her passion for environmental justice through working towards a Bachelor of Science at UBC. She also volunteers as a workshop facilitator with an organization called Check Your Head, through which she teaches youth about social justice issues. 

“The greatest impact that Lifeteams had on me was showing me how to meet with Jesus in ways that I never have before, and giving me the desire and the tools to bring others into his life-giving presence.”

God’s Heart and Love

CASSIA | Year 14 
Cassia participated in the apprenticeship program
through Greater Vancouver Youth Unlimited and spent two and a half years with North Shore YU. She is now in Comox Valley
and continuing my work with YU in an alternative school and city drop in. During the summers, Cassia works with Camp Imadene’s Wildside
program bringing youth outdoors to experience God in creation!

“Lifeteams was the most inspirational, faith shaping year of my entire life. I learned about God’s heart and love for his children and deepened my passion (and skills!) to work with youth. It opened the doors for my dream job to be made a reality! With the skills I acquired during my year, I’m able to step into situations
walking alongside youth with confidence!”