Jarvis Yau was born and raised in Hong Kong. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New York City, where he spent a year in Queens and another year in Brooklyn. He returned to Brigham Young University–Hawaii to continue his study after he finished his mission in 2011. He graduated magna cum laude in 2013 with a bachelor of science in Business Management, emphasizing in both Finance and Marketing, with a minor in Hospitality and Tourism Management. As an ICLRS student fellow, Jarvis worked in Hong Kong in summer 2014. He was a member of the Student Management Board in 2014-2015 and has been appointed again for 2015-2016.