Faces of YU: Elizabeth
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Faces of YU: Elizabeth

Get to know Elizabeth Bosscher from Holland, MI What is your role at Youth Unlimited? I am the Canadian SERVE Coordinator, which means I handle all the administrative details for our Canadian SERVE Sites. I am also the resident technology help and troubleshoot any technology issues we may have.   Where are you from, and what brought you to Youth Unlimited? I grew up in Mankato, Minnesota and just moved to Michigan this last August so my Husband could attend school in the area. I searched for a job for a few months after we moved here before I happened to… Read More

Faces of YU: Ron
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Faces of YU: Ron

Get to know Ron DeVries from Edmonton, AB What is your role at Youth Unlimited? I am the Canadian SERVE Director. Where are you from, and what brought you to Youth Unlimited? I am from Alberta, Canada. For the last ten years, I had served as the Youth Ministry Consultant for the Christian Reformed church, Classis Alberta North. Following many conversations with Jeff at Youth Unlimited, we could see how a Canadian Director could be a blessing for Youth Unlimited, who would be working alongside a US Director so we said, let’s try it. When you were a student,… Read More

Faces of Youth Unlimited Summer, 2016
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Faces of Youth Unlimited Summer, 2016

The following is from our Spring 2016 magazine. To view the whole magazine, click here. Tyler Gaastra Beckwith Hills Christian Reformed Church Grand Rapids, MI Q. What do you do in your free time? A. In my free time I read history, philosophy and theology books and visit Civil War sites. Q. Where would you like to travel someday? A. I’d like to do a Reformation History Tour: Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands and England. Q. What do you do to stay relevant to youth? A. Embrace change and technology. Q. I never leave for youth group without my _____. A.… Read More

Faces of Youth Unlimited – Winter 2016
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Faces of Youth Unlimited – Winter 2016

The following is an excerpt from our Winter 2016 Magazine. To view the whole magazine, click here.  Aaron Au Q. Where could we find you at 10:00 AM on a Saturday morning? A. One of the incredible Farmer's Markets that we have in Edmonton. I love the local produce and goods. Q. What’s your favorite place to meet with students, and why? A. I often meet students (or anyone for that matter) at our local, neighbourhood coffee shop, the Carrot Arts Coffeehouse. Our neighbourhood plays such an integral role in the lives of my wife and me and our church plant and the Carrot… Read More

Fall “Faces of Youth Unlimited” Part 2
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Fall “Faces of Youth Unlimited” Part 2

The following is an excerpt from the Youth Unlimited Fall Magazine. To read more, click here. Zan Ingalls Q. What do you do to stay relevant to youth? A. Having three children, ages 20, 18 and 15, keeps me relevant. I get to learn the lingo of the day. Also, working at a juvenile detention center with ages 13-19 gives me a definite inside scoop. I listen to their music and watch their shows and have open, candid dialogue with them. I intentionally ask them questions about why they do what they do, why they think like they think and what their motivation is. I have literally… Read More

Fall “Faces of Youth Unlimited” Part 1
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Fall “Faces of Youth Unlimited” Part 1

The following is an excerpt from the Youth Unlimited Fall Magazine. To read more, click here. Brian Bierenga Q. What’s your favorite place to meet with students, and why? A. Starbucks – because the students enjoy it and I’m a sucker for earning those “stars”. Q. What do you do to stay relevant to youth? A. It’s all about relationship. While I appreciate the “heart” behind this question and understand that it’s a common question among youth workers, I find it a little strange. I have two kids of my own, ages 7 and 9, and I would find it strange it someone… Read More

Faces of Youth Unlimited – Kandace Brands, Barry Foster and Dawn Klein
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Faces of Youth Unlimited – Kandace Brands, Barry Foster and Dawn Klein

Faces of Youth Unlimited – Planning Team Member Edition Kandace Brands Q. Serving and volunteering on a Youth Unlimited planning team is a huge commitment, why do you do it? A. For the lives being touched for Christ! I know this is the obvious answer, but truly it is our heart of the planning team. It is not about the work that we accomplish through the week. It is about relationships. It is about seeing people in their humanness. It is about reaching out to the needs of people right here around us. It is about just being with others and learning from each other, growing together… Read More

Faces of Youth Unlimited, Fall 2014, Part 2 of 2
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Faces of Youth Unlimited, Fall 2014, Part 2 of 2

Jeff Schipper Q. What’s your favorite place to meet with students, and why? A. My favorite place would be at a local breakfast joint (The Windmill in Holland is tough to beat). Breakfast combines three of my favorite things: coffee, food and conversations in a booth. I also appreciate connecting with students before the pace of a regular day kicks into full gear. Q. What do you do to stay relevant to youth? A. I never felt the need to try until recently when I turned 30. Even now that I feel a bit irrelevant, I spend my time connecting with them personally at sporting… Read More

Faces of Youth Unlimited, Fall 2014, Part 1 of 2
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Faces of Youth Unlimited, Fall 2014, Part 1 of 2

Ryan Link Q. Where could we find you at 10:00 AM on a Saturday morning? A. Usually, I’d be just beginning some sort of project around our house or yard unless it’s the first Saturday of the month. Then, our family would be at Home Depot with a billion other kids suffering a headache and sore fingers from pounding wire thin nails into craft projects, but my wife and I enjoy it. We really do. Q. What’s your favorite place to meet with students, and why? A. We have a great restaurant at a local golf clubhouse that I like to take students to. It has a really cool atmosphere… Read More

Faces Of Youth Unlimited – Jen Rozema, Mario Perez and Jillian Bajema
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Faces Of Youth Unlimited – Jen Rozema, Mario Perez and Jillian Bajema

Jen Rozema Q. What’s your favorite place to meet with students, and why? A. I’m going to be bold and say that downtown Holland, MI is one of the best downtowns imaginable. With great local coffee shops, frozen yogurt vendors and restaurants, and a very inviting atmosphere, going downtown is like taking a breather from the rest of life. We always have a great time, and we always bump into other students, which is an added bonus! Q. What do you do to stay relevant to youth? A. I actually don’t feel a huge push to stay relevant – really I just feel a huge need to be… Read More

Faces of Youth Unlimited – Cathy Tilstra and Linda Bonnier
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Faces of Youth Unlimited – Cathy Tilstra and Linda Bonnier

Cathy Tilstra Q. What do you do to stay relevant to youth? A. I spend time listening to them, watching their posts on social media, being someone who shows love and support by spending time with them. Youth are seeking meaningful relationships with adults who are authentically engaged with them, who show them they matter and have value. That takes a heart reflecting the image of Christ, and he is eternally relevant. Q. I never leave for youth group without: A. My phone, I know I should say my Bible . . . but it’s my phone. I have my Bible on my phone, if that counts. Q.… Read More

Faces of Youth Unlimited – Marc Hoogstad and Garrett Hovland
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Faces of Youth Unlimited – Marc Hoogstad and Garrett Hovland

Marc Hoogstad Q. Where could we find you at 10:00 AM on a Saturday morning? A. At home, finishing my third cup of coffee, and ending our family Saturday morning ritual of pancakes with peanut butter and real Canadian maple syrup. Q. What’s your favorite place to meet with students, and why? A. Pizza Hut. It’s fun to see what “All You Can Eat” really means to teens. Especially for the younger guys. “What do you mean, you’re full? You’ve only eaten two slices! Eat, boy!” Q. What do you do to stay relevant to youth? A. Hang out with them. And drop youth… Read More