With so many outside forces telling you who to be, how can you find yourself?
If you’re asking questions like these, you’re in the right place.
Youth Empowering Youth (YEY) is a developmental movement led by teens for teens to nurture, support, and strengthen young leaders.
YEY isn’t just a program—it’s an active movement of young community leaders banding together to grow, learn, and empower one another to make a difference in their community. This is a safe, positive place where teens can explore their talents while equipping themselves with the life skills they need to reach their goals.
“If I could describe Low Entropy and my experience in a couple of words, it would be family and empowerment. On one hand, Low Entropy provides a community. The facilitators create a safe environment where you can feel comfortable... On the other hand, Low Entropy helps empower you to lift you up and make you feel better. It’s all about growth and learning where you came from.”
—Emerson, YEY Participant
Through a comprehensive curriculum based on the Slight Edge Principles, YEY dives into real issues like identity, self-assurance, resiliency, and taking responsibility for their thoughts, feelings, and actions. Each 90-minute Zoom class builds on the principles of the last lesson and is designed to be fully participatory and interactive.
In addition to goal-setting, perspective, reframing failures, and building out a personalized “Life Folder” to actualize future aspirations, YEY covers a wide variety of topics such as:
Session 1 – The Ripple Effect
Even the smallest actions can have life-changing effects—and stepping into your potential as a leader is just the beginning. Learn how to get the most out of this program and build your self-confidence by setting clear, focused goals.
Session 2 – Attitude Creates Your Life
Your attitude is the most powerful tool you have at your disposal. Learn how to really dig deep into your own decision-making, how you see others’ worldviews, and how your mindset can change the world around you.
Session 3 – The Moment You Stop Blaming, You Take Back Your Power
Our own excuses end up sapping our potential. Learn how to pull yourself out of the “blame game” and use even the most adverse experiences to grow, conquer, and achieve.
Session 4 – Take Action! With Small Steps
Even the biggest projects work backwards! Learn how to set yourself up for success by breaking your larger goal into 10 smaller, doable action items. Solidify your goal by identifying the root of your motivation and discovering what really drives you.
Session 5 – Fail Forward to Success
Failure isn’t defeat—it’s a critical step on the path to achievement. Learn how to identify setbacks on your journey, then discover the tools and resiliency you need to make each failure a positive step toward success.
Session 6 – Drive Your Life With Powerful Habits
The biggest transformations start with the smallest habits. Learn how to cultivate the habits that will lead to success as well as how to identify, uproot, and replace the habits that may be holding you back.
Session 7 – Be Student of Life
Success isn’t one decision—it’s the culmination of consistent, positive actions that compound over time. You may not achieve every single one of your goals right away, but you can learn how to take positive action and create new opportunities every step of the way.
Session 8 – Momentum is Your Responsibility
By learning how to see setbacks as opportunities, you’re able to gain the confidence you need to develop skills for success. This takes momentum—consistent, positive effort to change, learn, and grow. When you can use this momentum to redefine challenges as opportunities, you’ll be unstoppable!
Session 9 – Graduation & Next Steps
The end of the program doesn’t mean the end of your journey—or Y.E.Y. community support. As we celebrate your achievements, we’ll also learn how to stay connected in a positive, supportive community.
Upon completing and graduating the program, teens have the opportunity to apply to become a youth facilitator for a future session. This is what we call the “ripple effect”—one person’s actions creating an exponential impact on themselves, their community, and the world around them.
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“I joined YEY because I was in search of a leadership program. When I got involved with YEY, I didn’t realize that my life was actually changing until I became a facilitator, and I could relate my stories to new participants. The skills I learned taught me to use these newfound leadership skills to attain my goals. YEY helped me change the way I see myself and the way I communicate with others.”
—Mania, YEY Participant
YEY Children’s Program (8-12 years)
Do you have elementary-aged kids? They don’t have to wait to get involved!
YEY also offers a children’s version of our leadership program designed specifically for children ages 8-12. In this eight-session program, two trained facilitators will cover a similar variety of topics to spark, inspire, and empower elementary-age kids.
The online version of the YEY Children’s Program consists of eight interactive, 60-minute Zoom sessions. Even outside of the classroom, these sessions encourage students to make meaningful connections while discovering more about themselves.
Lev brings a diverse background, coming from the former Soviet Union and Israel, he has gained a wide variety of experience, culturally as well as in his entrepreneurial adventures. To say he is an avid reader is an understatement. He is a thrill seeker and is passionate about giving.
Matthew is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. Growing up shy, introverted and strugglings with self-confidence as a teen he decided to go on a never ending journey of self discovery. He is driven to empower others so that they feel their dreams are alive by giving them courage and support to live an extraordinary life.
Isabella Rose Yong
YEY Program Assistant
Isabella’s background is in working with children, youth, and adults since 2009 as a gymnastics program coordinator, instructor, and club manager. Being engaged and present in the moment with her students created an individual understanding for each of them, and a holistic learning experience that aids in their long-term development. She strives to contribute her skills into meaningful organizations, and to promote a healthy and active lifestyle, both physically and mentally for all ages.
Moving to Canada from Singapore in 2018, Isabella feels that it has been one of the best decisions she has made for her growth and self discovery. Living in nature and embracing the four seasons, especially from winter to spring, has taught her the meaning of growth and becoming anew.
Being multi-ethnic, she hopes to empower others who have struggled with self identification and empower young people to embrace the blessings and beauty of who they are.
Children’s Program Facilitator
Throughout her psychology degree, Amanda focused on child and youth research. This research reinforced her understanding of acceptance and support as essential elements for children and youth’s well-being. Currently in the process of obtaining her law degree, Amanda is determined to ensure that children and youth are listened to and advocated for. She is passionate about creating open, inclusive, and empowering spaces for children and youth of all backgrounds and abilities. As a program facilitator with Youth Empowering Youth, Amanda has thoroughly enjoyed meeting, connecting, and working with many amazing child, youth, and adult leaders from all over the world.
Hi there! My name is Varun Dhanam. I am a 16 year old IB student from Mississauga, ON. I love biking and photography. I want to be a psychiatrist when I grow up as I enjoy talking to people, getting to know them and most of all, want to help the world that gave me so much. In my free time I play video games and watch sci-fi TV shows. Thanks for reading!
Hi my name is Georgia! I am 18, I live in Delta BC, I graduated high school in 2020 and I am looking forward to attending University in Fall 2021. In late 2019 I was lucky enough to be a part of the first ever youth group who went through the 9 session Youth Empowering Youth program. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to continue my journey with YEY and become a facilitator. As of 2021 I have co-facilitated two cohorts of the teenage program and will facilitate as many more as I can in the future! I chose to be apart of the YEY team because I thought about how much they helped me, specifically with confidence and public speaking, and I wanted to give other youth the same opportunity; the chance to better themselves. I am so grateful to be a part of the Youth Empowering Youth family and a part of the positive change they are making.
Erfan TorfenejadYouth Facilitator
Erfan is a recent high school graduate and soon-to-be college student. With only two years under his belt living in Canada, he has gained an immense wealth of knowledge in the volunteering space. Starting from a young age he has always had a deep-rooted desire for people and to give a hand to anyone in need. His passion has allowed him to create and lead many clubs at his high school with the intended goal to empower youth.
Vanessa (Ness) Gale was born and raised in the Greater Vancouver area and is of mixed Chinese-Caucasian ancestry. She attended Langara College followed by the University of British Columbia where she received her B.A. in Psychology. During her studies, Ness volunteered with numerous youth-serving nonprofit organizations in the capacity of an in-school mentor, study buddy tutor, group facilitator, and Girl Guide leader.
When she completed her studies, she worked at the YMCA in Child, Youth, and Family programs for a number of years before switching gears and taking on a new role as a Mentoring Coordinator with Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver. Ness then moved on to work for Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland, coordinating a program called “Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds”, and currently holds the position of Team Lead. Ness works part-time with Low Entropy as the Program Manager for Youth Empowering Youth.
Vanessa is passionate about supporting the growth and development of girls and youth, providing guidance and mentorship for them to be more resilient and accomplish their goals. She is also a strong supporter of volunteers, recently completing her Certificate in Volunteer Management from Humber College. Her vision is to enhance the self-esteem, confidence, and capabilities of youth and their supporters.
Coach for Youth Program
Yani Gabriel is an MBA student at University Canada West. He is also a social entrepreneur who is passionate about the environment and youth empowerment. He enjoys hiking and visiting the park. He loves to get lost in nature; it allows him the opportunity to think, plan and re-strategize.
Patrice (Pattie) Shang
Youth Intake Coordinator
In the past few years, Patrice has found her passion in supporting student learning and development and in working together with dynamic teams to deliver educational programs and student services.
Patrice believes that education and personal development are meaningful ways to enrich one's life and engage in the community. She is committed to contributing to the long-term development of an educational program and making an impact by guiding youth and learners to accomplish their goals. That is why Patrice is now a part of the Youth Empowering Youth team, supporting the marketing and youth facilitator development portion of the program."
Yu (Mia) Takeuchi
Assistant Programs Manager
Mia made her way to Vancouver, Canada alone when she was 18 years old all the way from Japan. She believes in that anything is possible to do at any age, so she decided to join the low entropy team as a volunteer administrative assistant to support and encourage people in the community.
I was born in South Africa before moving to the Middle East where I did most of my schooling until grade 9 at which point I moved to BC. I then attended boarding school on Victoria Island before pursuing an honours degree in biomedical science at the University of Calgary. I am now currently working at a joint research lab at the University of Northern British Columbia and the UBC.
Melanie was born in Toronto but raised on the farmlands of Vancouver, BC where she developed a natural curiosity about the environment around her. This sense of wonder propelled her success in pursuing and completing a B.Sc in Brain and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia. Her passion for science and art combines a creative mentality with an empirical approach. Melanie soon found herself immersed in the marketing field of multiple industries including clinical, hospitality, and real estate.
Throughout her academia years, Melanie has continuously been an active member of the community by partaking in various volunteering roles and organizations. In high school she was a part of the Red Cross, Aquatic Conservation Team, the Centropolis Business club, as well as the Centennial Leadership club. Then during her undergrad, along with four other colleagues, they created the Overseas Medical Initiative where their collected efforts inspired others to join them in the mission of providing basic medical equipment and funding to third world villages that lacked the fundamental resources. Melanie has now joined the Low Entropy group hoping to inspire and be inspired by the youth community and by promoting the programs at Youth Empowering Youth, support them in their professional and personal development.