Directions Youth Services

Students from Lord Tennyson Elementary school donate bags of goods. Photo by Dan Toulgoet/The Vancouver Courier

Students from Lord Tennyson Elementary school donate bags of goods.
Photo by Dan Toulgoet/The Vancouver Courier

Directions Youth Services helps homeless
and at-risk young people.
It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Help from Directions
Directions is a safe place.
Youth can get hot meals there.
They can shower
and wash their clothes.

Youth can also relax,
use computers, and learn art and music.
Some people get help with their health.
Some go home to their families.
Others get a job.
Some go back to school.

An elementary school helps
The Vancouver Courier newspaper collects donations
for these youth every year.
Lord Tennyson Elementary students help, too.
“Being nice to teenagers” is the best part of donating,
says one student.


What youth need
Youth need things such as new toothbrushes,
soap, warm clothes, socks and underwear.
The Vancouver Courier also collects bus tickets and gift cards.

Address to drop off donations
People can drop donations
before December 10th at the Courier office,
at 1574 West 6th Ave. in Vancouver
from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Website and videos
“In our shoes” is the name of a website.
It has videos of youth. These youth talk about their lives.
“In our shoes” means these young people
want you to be in their shoes.
They want you to understand how they feel.
You can learn about their stories.
All photos by John Kehler except the photo of him.
Photo of John Kehler by Nila Gopaul