Helping homeless youth move forward
Directions Youth Services works with homeless and at-risk youth between 13 to 24 years old. We are low-barrier, meaning we serve Vancouver’s most vulnerable — and challenging — homeless youth. Many of our services, including our drop-in centre, are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
We help homeless youth meet both immediate and long term needs.
Meeting Immediate Needs
We serve daily hot meals (at a remarkably low cost of 85 cents per serving) and nutritious snacks. (Find out more about our innovative food program.) We provide showers and laundry services. We have lockers and pet kennels youth can use so their belongings and pets are safe while they are accessing our services.
Meeting Longer-term Needs
We help youth figure out where they want to go in life, what their next steps are, and how to get there. This can include:
finding and keeping a safe place to live,
acquiring job skills or a job,
finishing school or improving reading, writing, and math skills,
looking after physical or mental health, including dealing with addictions, and/or
addressing the issues that landed them on the streets in the first place.
Our staff work with the youth to help them create a plan and connect them with the people or services they need to help them achieve their goals.
We also offer media programs from music recording to film-making. These allow for creative expression and skill development, and help staff develop trust-based relationships with the youth.
Find Directions Youth Services Centre
1138 Burrard St, Vancouver (across from St. Paul’s Hospital)
Call 604-633-1472 or email us here.
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