Tuesday, June 23, 2009

From the ones we serve.

This message met me in my facebook inbox this morning. I thought I would share it.

"Youth Unlimited," now there's a scary thought; an unending barrage of teens invading our malls and communities. Nobody likes the ornery, destructive and disrespectful hooligans that run wild in the streets, stealing and defacing public property. What if the youth of today were not that way, but helpful, caring, considerate, and respectful persons, eager to improve society?
Youth Unlimited has been striving to make this change locally as well as globally for well over 56 years. "Our dream is to help youth o live a healthy life emotionally, socially, physically, intellectually, and spiritually," says youth worker Derian Julihn. Derian works in the RE Mountain area with several volunteers and other youth workers Danny Ferguson and Carmen Rempel.
When asked the simple question, "What do you do?" it's either hard for them to produce and answer, or it ignites a flood of words that don't seem to fit. "Somewhere in between a parent, teacher, friend... where the adults who really care about a whole person, that's where we lie," Derian tries to describe. In all honesty, he admits that it might be better to ask the youth he works with what he and his fellow youth workers have done in their lives.
I am one of those youth, and words cannot describe what an impact the people of Youth Unlimited have made; I have never been more thankful in my life for anyone or anything. I would not be the person I am today without them. They inspire me to write songs, to help others, and have gotten me through some of the most challenging lessons in life, those that are not taught in school. One of these things is living with God, which I never would have considered without their influence, but I'm incredibly glad I did.
This is where some people may start to turn their heads; they scoff at the mention of religion and will write this whole thing off as some Jesus nuts pushing their beliefs upon everyone around them. I think it's immensely important for me to mention that these youth workers are in no way, shape, or form pushy about anything concerning God. They will give information, and help you to understand, answering every question honestly and the best they can, but only if you want them to.
The youth workers of Youth Unlimited are trained to help those traveling down any path of life, and use their personable, yet professional approach with every situation which arises. Derian states that, "unlike many stereotypical Christian youth groups, it's important to us that every part of a persons life is whole and complete, not just the spiritual part of it."
These brave and awe-inspiring people tackle the troubles haunting our teens, teaching them to be themselves in a healthier, more positive way. If you believe that helping others and shaping the future for success is a good cause, I strongly recommend helping out. Youth workers like Derian, Danny and Carmen rely on donations from people like you to do their work. If you wish to make a donation, check out the website, youthunlimited.com.
Instead of being a daunting or formidable phrase, I hope that now when you hear "Youth Unlimited" you're filled with hope for the leaders of tomorrow, who are our youth of today. I can only imagine what we could accomplish if the world was filled with people as stunning as the youth workers at Youth Unlimited.
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