Youth Unlimited

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Youth Unlimited
Abbreviation YU
Formation September 1919
Purpose To help "churches challenge youth to commit their lives to Jesus Christ and transform this world for Him"[1]
Region served
Canada and the United States
Official language
Parent organization
Dynamic Youth Ministries
Affiliations GEMS Girls' Clubs
Calvinist Cadet Corps
Christian Reformed Church in North America
Formerly called
American Federation of Reformed Young Men's Societies
Young Calvinist League
Young Calvinist Federation

Youth Unlimited (abbreviated YU, formerly known as the American Federation of Reformed Young Men's Societies,[2] the Young Calvinist League, and then the Young Calvinist Federation)[3] is a youth ministry in Canada and the United States that was formed in September 1919.[2] The organization has its roots in the Christian Reformed Church in North America,[4] but partners with other Christian denominations.[5] Youth Unlimited is one of three youth ministries under the Dynamic Youth Ministries umbrella organization, the other two being GEMS Girls' Clubs and the Calvinist Cadet Corps.[6] In August 1950, the organization, which was then called the Young Calvinist Federation (YCF), released a report calling for the institution of educational programs and legislative programmes in order to afford African Americans "rights and opportunities equal to those enjoyed by other members of society."[7] The American Federation of Reformed Young Women's Societies, which was founded in May 1932, merged into the YCF in December 1955.[2] In August 1967, the YCF held an international convention in Edmonton, Alberta.[8] From December 30, 1982 until January 2, 1983, the YCF co-sponsored a conference with members of local churches in Calgary.[9] The name of the organization changed to Youth Unlimited (YU) in 1992.[2] In 1998, the Ellensburg, Washington chapter of the organization spent three days removing graffiti from various parts of the city.[10] In Toronto, Ontario, YU volunteers and staff work to help transition women out of prostitution.[11]


  1. ^ "Mission Statement". Youth Unlimited. Retrieved June 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "About Youth Unlimited" (PDF). Cornerstone Christian Reformed Church of Chilliwack. Retrieved June 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ Robert P Swierenga (2002). Dutch Chicago: A History of the Hollanders in the Windy City (2 ed.). William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. p. 467. ISBN 0802813119. 
  4. ^ Robert Wuthnow (1989). The Restructuring of American Religion: Society and Faith Since World War II. Princeton University Press. p. 111. ISBN 0691020574. 
  5. ^ Joe Kingsley Eyiah (January 19, 2004). "Churches in Toronto Fight to Prevent the Deportation". Modern Ghana. Retrieved June 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Dynamic Youth Ministries". Calvinist Cadet Corps. Retrieved June 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Race Relations Better, Church Leaders Aver: Negroes And Whites Hail Improvement, Especially In South". Toledo Blade: 10. September 24, 1950. 
  8. ^ "Calvinists Will Meet In City". Edmonton Journal: 25. October 1, 1966. 
  9. ^ "Youth meeting set". Calgary Herald: G8. November 20, 1982. 
  10. ^ "Graffiti buster". Daily Record: 16. September 3, 1998. 
  11. ^ Lorna Dueck (February 5, 2010). "Sex for sale is hardly sporting". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved June 2, 2013.