Who We Are


Youth Unlimited (Toronto YFC) is a faith-based charity that believes in the unlimited potential of youth. It is committed to helping them develop wholistically, both personally and spiritually, by providing caring people to whom they can turn.Building bridges to youth, particularly in culturally diverse climates, demands patience, commitment, carefully trained leadership, significant funding, prayer and an ability to see the possible where most would see the impossible.

There are over half a million young people in the GTA. It is our vision that through strategic partnerships and alliances as well as through our own front-line endeavours, we will reach out to all these young people and help them attain their full life potential.

Who We Serve

Some facts about the GTA’s youth:

Poverty
  • One third of Toronto kids age 17 and under live in low income households (StatsCan, 2010).
Health
  • 1 in 5 GTA youth, and 1 in 3 GTA children are overweight or obese (Get Active Toronto, 2010).
  • Only 7% of GTA youth and children meet the Canadian minimal guidelines of an hour of moderate exercise each day. They average 7.5 hours a day watching screen (Toronto Vital Signs Report, 2012).
Violence
  • Toronto has the highest rate of reported family violence of Canadian large cities (Vital Signs 2012).
  • 39% of Toronto students are concerned about gang activity in their schools. There were 1474 violent crimes committed on Toronto school premises in 2010 (Vital Signs 2012).
Pregnancy
  • In 2009, the teen pregnancy rate was 31.5 per 1,000 girls. The birth rate was 9.0 and the abortion rate was 22.5. 71.4% of teen pregnancies ended in therapeutic abortions (Toronto Public Health, 2011).
  • Girls from low income families are more than twice as likely to become pregnant than other girls, and are also less likely to have abortions (Toronto Public Health, 2011).
Achievement
  • The school drop-out rate in 2011 was 14%, down from a decade earlier. Students living in single parent homes were twice as likely to drop out of school compared to those living in two parent homes (TDSB, 2011).
  • Toronto youth unemployment was up to 19.8% in June 2012 (Vital Signs 2012).
Homelessness
  • It is estimated that there are 10,000 homeless youth in Toronto at some point in any given year (Toronto Community Foundation, 2009).
  • 70% of street youth come from homes of abuse (CBC’s The Fifth Estate from its segment, “No Way Home”, 2009).
  • Age 15 is the average for youth arriving to the streets (No Way Home, 2009). The younger they are when they arrive, the longer they tend to stay (Yonge Street Mission, 2009).
  • It costs approximately $35,000 per year to keep a youth in the shelter system; approximately $100,000 per year to keep a youth in the detention system (Laird, 2007, Raising the Roof).
  • The mortality rate among street youth is 11 times higher than the rate among the general population (Kidd & Davidson, 2009, Raising the Roof).
Faith
  • 1 in 3 Canadian young adults who attended church weekly as a child, still do so today. More leave the church after junior high than after senior high school.
  • 3 out of 5 young adults who stop attending church will also drop their affiliation with any Christian tradition.
  • Of those that stay participating in the church until young adulthood, 99% report having experienced God’s love and answer to their prayers. (All of the above from Hemorrhaging Faith, 2012).
  • 76% of Canadian youth whose parents were born outside of the country believe in a higher power, compared to 63% of those with parents born in Canada (Project Teen Canada, 2008).
  • More Canadian teens now identify as Muslim than Anglican, United Church of Canada and Baptist combined (Project Teen Canada, 2009).