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A Night in the Life 2015 participants

Some of the A Night in the Life 2015 participants

On April 6, 2017, these people will experience Vancouver streets through the eyes of homeless youth—and raise funds to help change their lives.

“eye-opening and humbling…”  Geoff Brooks, ANITL 2015 participant

Participants will take a youth-led tour of a typical day on the streets, test their luck in a homeless survival simulator game, then sleep out on the street as a group. The event raises awareness and funds to support the life-changing work done with homeless and at-risk youth at Directions Youth Services Centre.

The first “A Night in the Life” raised $24,000 for Vancouver’s most vulnerable youth. See additional photos from the 2015 event here and here.

Vancouver’s Most Vulnerable Youth

In 2014, 410 youth (aged 15-24) were counted living on Vancouver streets and in temporary shelters. The actual number, which includes youth living in unsafe or precarious situations, is far higher. These youth are among the most vulnerable in our society. They are three times more likely to be physically and/or sexually abused than youth the same age in school and/or safe living environment. It’s estimated that 40% are aboriginal, and 30% identify as LGBTQ2S.

“What really struck me the most was how difficult it was to get a income, food, and housing. I couldn’t believe all the barriers… Debbie Gardiner, ANITL 2015 participant

How Directions Helps

We work with the most vulnerable youth on Vancouver streets who need help the most. We offer a warm, dry, safe place off streets, where these youth can get a meal, take a shower, wash their clothes and feel human again.

As youth spend time at Directions, they get to know and trust our staff. Staff can then help them with their next steps, whether that’s finding a place to live, getting into detox, or resuming their education. Many of the youth we work with end up leaving the streets and living healthy, productive lives.

“I’m alive today thanks to a Directions’ staffer. He saw me in a back alley after his shift and stayed with me
until I checked into detox 8 hours later.” homeless youth

We make a difference for these youth every day. (Read a touching note we got from a youth we worked with here.) With your support, we can do much more.

Participant Geoff Brooks looks for accomodation with his pet during the 2015 homelessness simulation.

Participant Geoff Brooks looks for accomodation with his pet during the 2015 homelessness simulation.

How do I Participate in A Night in the Life?

Everyone can participate by donating or raising funds. People coming to experience “A Night in the Life” need to be 19 years old or older, and each commit to raising a minimum of $2,500. Spaces are limited.

Register to participate in A Night in the Life.

(scroll to bottom of page & click the orange button on the right.)

For more information, please email anightinthelife@fsgv.ca or call Phoenix 604.633.1472 x 3552.


Are you a registered charity?
Yes. Directions Youth Services is part of Family Services of Greater Vancouver, charitable registration number #11891-3102-RR0001.

By signing up, what am I agreeing to do?

You are agreeing to spend the evening of Thursday, October 20, 2016 at Directions, then spend the night sleeping on the street with other participants. You also agree to raise $2500 from your networks for Directions Youth Services to support our youth programs. (Don’t worry, you’ll get lots of fundraising support!)

What exactly will the night look like?

You’ll take a youth-led tour of downtown Vancouver to learn how they survive on the streets, test your luck at a homelessness survival simulator, eat dinner, sleep outside on the street, and have breakfast.

What do I need to bring?

Bring your own sleeping bag and medications. There will be a secure location to store items like wallets, keys, purses and phones, but please avoid bringing anything that isn’t absolutely necessary.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable shoes, clothing and bring rain gear. We have a full evening planned so come ready to be active!

Does this event run rain or shine?

Yes. If it’s too cold or raining too hard, we can sleep in a covered parkade.

A night on the street? Will I be safe?

Yes. Directions staff will be staying awake and watching over participants while they sleep.

I’ve never fundraised before. What kind of support will I have?

With your registration package, you’ll get a fundraising kit with fundraising tips, sample email and social media messages and a personal donations page. This page will be easy to share via social media and email and makes it simple for donors to make an online donation and get a tax receipt.

Can I accept cash or cheque donations?

Yes. Once you have registered, login to your A Night in the Life personal webpage. From your personal webpage, click on Record pledges, click Add pledge, and fill in your donor’s personal information name, address, email and donation amount. Click on record pledge to add another pledge.

Once you are finished all of your fundraising click on Close & Print Pledge Form. Attach your cash and cheques to the pledge form, then drop off or mail in your package to Family Services of Greater Vancouver office: 201 – 1638 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5N 1W1. You can also bring it with you on October 20 to the A Night in the Life event.

I’m interested, but I still have questions. Who can I talk to?

We’d love to answer your questions. Please email anightinthelife@fsgv.ca or or call Phoenix at 604.633.1472 x 3552.

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