Montreal Youth Unlimited (in French “Jeunesse Sans Limite”) has its proud history as Youth For Christ (YFC). YFC has a distinctive history. In the early 1940s during World War II, large rallies were held in Canada, England and the United States that led to the development of an organized movement under the leadership of its first staff member, Billy Graham.
Montreal YFC (MYFC) began its chapter in the 1950’s. Through the 1980’s and early 1990’s, MYFC was characterized by a strong emphasis on personal relationships. Programs were a platform to connect with high-school-aged youth. This period saw many weekly discussion groups begin in schools, as well as gym blasts, coaching of school sports teams, snow retreats, and summer camps. It was also during this period that the first MYFC drop-in centre, the Vault, opened.
The late 1990’s began a period of strong growth for the organization, including the launch of street-level ministries, the opening of 3 new drop-in centres and the launch of HeartQuake, a citywide bilingual event drawing several hundred youth on a monthly basis.
The 2000’s saw solid and significant growth. Many partnerships with camps and other like-minded organizations were developed to increase the effectiveness and impact of the ministry. Social programs were also launched in new and existing centres geared to alleviating physical, social, and emotional poverty. The emergence of sports ministries, educational programs and breakfast and lunch programs led the way. In 2008, Education Plus, an alternative high school came under the umbrella of MYFC. It was also during this period that the operational name changed from Montreal Youth for Christ (MYFC) to Montreal Youth Unlimited (MYU).
As we grow towards the future we understand each individual’s life is shaped by a number of facets that influence who they are as a whole: relational, intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual. Our desire is to see every youth reach their full life potential. For almost 75 years, YFC has been sharing God’s love, truth and hope to young people from all walks of life regardless of race, faith, income level, or cultural background. The old YFC adage that was coined in the early years remains true today… “Geared to the times. Anchored to the Rock.”