NYSA Vision:

  • Creating a respectful atmosphere of possibility for youth by providing them with skills to achieve their goals.
  • NYSA Mission:

  • To provide opportunities for youth to gain knowledge, life and employment skills to allow them to reach their full potential as productive citizens of their community.
  • Purposes of the Society:

  • To operate on a not-for-profit basis to provide services and programs to young people principally in the Nanaimo Regional district of the province of British Columbia to assist youth and young adults to reach their full potential by establishing an environment and developing programs to:
  • a) support, promote and encourage youth to become productive citizens

    b) build self-esteem and confidence

    c) encourage the development of respectful relationships

    d) foster the safety and stability of at-risk youth

    NOTE: Services are free and available to all youth within the age cohort of 13 to 30 years that NYSA's mission serves.

    Who We Are:

  • Nanaimo Youth Services Association is a community based, not-for-profit, charitable society. We have provided a range of residential and non-residential services to vulnerable youth in the Nanaimo Regional District since our incorporation in 1969.
  • Over the last half-century, the Association has grown into being a multi-purpose but singularly integrated youth-serving organization under the governance of our volunteer board members who represent and are recruited from the broad cross-section of our community.
  • Who We Serve:

  • NYSA's organizational mission target population is youth between the ages of 13 and 30 years of age. Approximately 45% of the youth population that NYSA serves are urban Aboriginal young people.
  • In 2009 NYSA was honored to be cited as an exemplary organization, and one of the ten best-managed charitable organizations in the BC nonprofit sector. We have also been recognized with a number of community service awards over the years.
  • What We Do:

  • An overriding purpose of NYSA services is to provide social support to vulnerable, at-risk youth for the challenges they face on a day-to-day basis. Every -service offered is free and incorporates an effective element of basic life skills, practical employment readiness training and health education that assist in equipping youth to participate and be fully-included in the life of our community.
  • Direct services to at-risk youth has become more sophisticated over time due to new research and evidence on youth as a population health group.

    NYSA's Philosophy of Care adheres to the notions that:

    1. If it would not be good enough for our own children, why would we offer it to other people's children;

    2. We will not offer services to youth that promote or result in learned dependency;

    3. The best social program and long-term income security for youth in a market-based society is a meaningful job.



    • Address: 290 Bastion Street, Nanaimo
      BC V9R3A4
    • Email: nysa@nysa.bc.ca
    • Website: www.nysa.bc.ca
    • Toll Free: 1-855-922-0220