A Night in the Life
Imagine spending 12 days on the street. What about 12 weeks? Or even 12 months?
Join us for A Night in the Life on April 4, 2019
Build your understanding of youth homelessness and make a difference by immersing yourself in their world for 12 hours.
Or donate your support to homeless youth in Vancouver
Homeless youth in Vancouver face a harsh reality. Here’s your chance to change that.
Directions Youth Services supports over 1,000 of Vancouver’s most vulnerable, street-involved youth every year. We need your help so that we can offer them safe, non-judgmental support to get back on their feet.
Come together to make a measurable difference.
We invite individuals, as well as teams from businesses or community groups, to participate. The money you raise will benefit Vancouver’s homeless youth and, ultimately, the community at large.
You and/or your team of 3–5 participants will experience first-hand the struggles of our city’s most vulnerable youth while raising funds for Directions Youth Services.
Participants will experience first-hand the struggles of our city’s most vulnerable youth while raising funds for Directions Youth Services.
Share the Directions story with your peers, consider a corporate match, or get creative in your fundraising! The minimum goal is to raise $2,500 per participant. Space is limited!
At A Night in the Life on April 4, you will:
- Experience a youth-led Cardboard Van City Homelessness Survival Simulator at Directions Youth Services Centre
- Receive Naloxone training—a necessity as our city faces the opioid-poisoning crisis
- Spend the night in your sleeping bag on the street and wake up to a hot breakfast prepared by our Directions staff
“I don’t think I will look at the homeless community in the same way ever again. The stories and perspective of the youth showed us a world we had never seen before.”
—Emily Parson, 2017 Participant
About Directions Youth Services
Directions Youth Services is a low barrier service. That means we work with street youth living with complex mental health issues and addictions. We helped more than 1,000 youth last year.
We begin by offering a warm, dry, safe place, a meal, a shower and a place to hang out. Youth build relationships with staff who help them take their best next steps: finding a home, getting off drugs, finding work or going back to school.
We make a difference for these youth every day. With your support, we can do much more.
About last year’s A Night in the Life
On March 7, 2018, participants gathered at Directions Youth Services Centre to experience a night in the life of Vancouver youth facing homelessness. They ate dinner with youth and Directions staff, got a walking tour of Vancouver streets from youth, tested their luck in a homelessness simulator, and slept out on the streets overnight. All funds raised at the event went to the Directions food program, and funds raised equaled about 10,000 hot meals to feed Vancouver’s homeless youth.
In 2017, Directions provided 49,621 hot meals and snacks to at-risk, street-involved youth. Meals are offered 7 days a week, 365 days a year and are often the only source of good nutrition for homeless youth. The food program helps youth learn healthy eating habits, develop positive relationships with peers and support staff, and build essential life skills to help them get back on their feet. The cost of running a quality food program continues to increase and it is difficult to reliably secure fresh fruit, vegetables and other nutritious ingredients while keeping up with demand at four facilities.