For the past year, we’ve been working diligently as a team to create a three-year strategic plan for the YU North York team. It’s done! And we’re celebrating! So, come join us to learn more about our new vision, the plan to fulfill it and the people who will make it happen as God leads it all. We will be celebrating from 6:30 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, April 25th at Spring Garden Church (see invite below). Please email hello [at] yunorthyork [dot] com if you plan on attending!
Today, we tragically lost one of our youth to gun violence in our community. We are deeply saddened by this loss and are committed to walking through this difficult time with this young man’s family, his friends and the other youth and families whom we serve.
We value our partnership with the Jane-Finch Crisis Support Network during these times. If you are a community member looking for help of any kind, please contact us through the JFCSN - http://jfcsn.yunorthyork.com
The Bayview Bike Park Closing Ceremonies were recently held, led by our Revolution(s) team. It was a great time for thanking our youth, partners and the communities for such a successful riding season. Check out this blog posting on IMBA’s website detailing their experience of the day!
Our second annual Christmas gift drive begins tomorrow! Our Shoreham and Driftwood Animators, facilitated by our Community Development Team, have done an amazing job gathering gifts for over 300 children in their community.
This is a wonderful way for resident leaders to bring joy during this Christmas season to their fellow community members.
Here’s a shot of Stewart with the gifts at our space!
At long last, we have heard official word that we set a Guinness World Record on June 16, 2012 for the World’s Largest QR Code. Awesome! It’s a great ending to an event that raised over $25,000 for YU’s work here in North York.
If you were a part of the World’s Largest QR Code event, now’s your chance to get your very own certificate from Guinness showing that you set a World Record! You can get a general certificate ($20), which looks like this: Guinness Certificate or get a personalized one ($30) with your name on it. (Note that this is Guinness’s charge, not YU’s!)
The text on the personalized certificate will read as follows: (YOUR NAME) helped create the largest QR code which was presented, measured and scanned in Toronto, Canada, on 16 June 2012. The QR Code is 2,046.24 m2 (22,025.49 ft2), and was achieved by Youth Unlimited Toronto YFC (Canada).
To order your certificate (again, only if you were involved in the QR Code!), please fill out the following form:
We continue to be grateful for how the YU North York team continues to be formed together. Look for a re-launch of our vision in the comings weeks! But, we’d like to update you on some shifts in our team:
This Fall, we said farewell to Scott Guthrie, who has served as a volunteer leader of the “Youth Outreach” Basketball Program in the Jane-Finch community for 18 years. It’s an understatement to say this kind of faithfulness to young people is a rarity these days. Thank you, so much, Scott for your heart of service, deep commitment to young people, and commitment to seeing lives changed in our community.
Karen Robinson transitioned into a new role. She now serves as the North York Team & Community Pastor! We are excited for this new role as Karen will invest in our staff team, engage volunteers, and take on a few other important projects in the months ahead.
And finally, a hearty welcome to Clem Lee, who has joined the Revolution(s) program as a Willowdale Community Youth Outreach Worker. Clem will spearhead our “Earn-a-Bike” initiative alongside Jesse James.
Look for our website to be updated soon to reflect these new changes in our team!
The Aviva Community Fund Voting is up and running and we’ve submitted an idea for the continued revitalization of the Bayview Bike Park. Check out and vote for our idea here! You can vote once a day until October 15.
This evening, Benjamin Osei was one of 43 recipients of the Diamond Jubilee Medal in the York West community. We are so proud of Benjamin’s tireless work in the Jane-Finch community as a Youth Unlimited Community Outreach Worker and celebrate this accomplishment with him and his family.
Why did Benjamin receive this award? “The recipients named herein have demonstrated by their leadership, the responsibilities that come with citizenship in a nation like Canada. It is upon their examples of hard work, sacrifice and dedication that Canada was built. It is on those same qualities that Canada will move successfully into the future.”