The Media Program began at Directions Youth Services in 2005.

Founded by then volunteer, Colin Ford. The program consisted of a couple of chairs and a couple of guitars in a rarely used community room. Most clients were not interested or aware that it existed initially, but in the end persistence prevailed.

As more youth engaged in the program, more guitars and chairs were added. Then an 8 channel (Boss BR-8) mobile recording system. An electric guitar. A computer. And we were off!

The program eventually moved to another part of the building that had once been used as a school and was rarely being used anymore.

It was around this time that Wendell Harlow and Electronic Arts (EA) formed a partnership with Directions and it still exists to this day.

With the generous donations and support the media room has evolved into the wonderful, expansive program it is today.

The next step on the journey was a fresh bucket of paint in the form of a mural designed by EA artist extraordinaire, Sean Hayes-Holgate. Electronic Arts also provided furniture from their Black Box location.

During this time, the media program was being run 3 days a week and was proud to have been involved in a lot of projects and events.

Colin seated with some youth in the first community room.

Directions Youth Services (2005).

The Original Slice Magazine - Founded 1992

“The Slice is a forum for young people, who either are presently or in the past have been street involved; living or working in the streets.

It is a medium to give voice to communities of young people that too often go unheard.”
For Youth by Youth – Issue #1, Summer 1992

The First EA Media Room (2006 - 2012)

During this time, the media program was being run 3 days a week and was proud to have been involved in a lot of projects and events.

In Our Shoes Event - Documentary and Vancouver Walkabout with Youth from Directions

We were proud to receive the Governor General of Canada, The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean and the mayor of Vancouver, Gregor Robertson.

The Big Move to Pacific Street and a Second Media Room (2012 – 2014)

2012, we packed Directions Youth Services up and moved to the new location at 900 Pacific Street.

It was a smaller building and so, a smaller media room. Even though we had about third of the original media room space, we made the best of it.

We had quite a few successful projects during this era including Slice Night and the 20th Anniversary Slice Magazine launch.

EA Media Room (2012 - 2014)

The Big New Building and a Third Media Room (2014 – Present)

2014, we moved to the (hopefully) the last Directions home.

We are located at 1138 Burrard Street.

Since 2014, the media program and Another Slice have been busy.

Death In A Dumpster, In Our Shoes (Part 2), Words From The Street (Volume 2), Slice Day, a new recording studio and computer lab. To name a few.

EA Media Room (2014 - Present)

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