This Christmas, young parents in Surrey need your support.

What should be a season of hope can be a time of stress and hardship for young moms and dads. With the right kind of support, these young parents can realize their potential and build brighter futures for their own kids.

When Charlene started attending Young Families programs like Thrive, she began to build relationships and community. She gained a better understanding of how she could make changes to get her small family where she wanted them to be.

“Before Young Families, I was alone with my son, no support except for my aunt and uncle. I had absolutely no friends. Every day was a challenge to get out of bed to take care of Caeden.”

Through Young Families’ holistic support, Charlene is accomplishing things she never thought were possible before, like going to college.

“I have found another family, a place I belong, that has great importance to me. I have made new friends. Caeden has made new friends. I don’t know if I should call them friends, because they are more like family now.”

Thanks to the support of Young Families donors, Charlene is Thriving!

This Christmas, give to Young Families to help support young parents so they can have brighter futures like Charlene.


About Adverse Childhood Experiences

“Even though I have a high [ACE] score, I’m still able to get up in the morning and take care of my son and be the best parent for him. I’ve had a tough past, but I am getting the support I need.” - Charlene

ACEs are adverse childhood experiences. The term comes from a groundbreaking public health study that discovered childhood trauma leads to the adult onset of chronic diseases, depression and other mental illness, violence and financial and social problems.

The study’s researchers came up with an ACE score to explain a person’s risk for chronic disease. Think of it as a cholesterol score for childhood toxic stress. You get one point for each type of trauma. The higher your ACE score, the higher your risk of health and social problems.

Charlene’s situation before she came to Young Families is not unique. There are still many of young parents in Surrey that lack the crucial support they need rise above their ACEs score and break generational cycles of poverty and trauma.

This holiday season, please give to Young Families to help us be the support and love these young parents deserve, and so they can have brighter futures like Charlene.



Young Families is a program of Greater Vancouver Youth Unlimited, a registered charity that helps young people discover their potential.