About Us

The Mind’s Eye is a youth newspaper written by and for 13 to 25 year olds in the Nanaimo region.  Published by Nanaimo Youth Services Association since 1998, our aim is to “To create a voice for Nanaimo’s youth within the greater community, empowering them to become productive citizens of Nanaimo.” At the Mind’s Eye, we listen, encourage, respect, build self-esteem and help young adults reach their fullest potential.

The Mind’s Eye is one of many exciting programs at NYSA that are fun and free for youth in our community.  Combining arts, recreation and real opportunities, these innovative programs include the One-Stop Teen Drop in Centre and Tune In, a music program that provides music instruction, recording equipment and production skills for interested teens.

Places you can pick up the Mind’s Eye:

Local Businesses

  • The Avalon
  • Chapters
  • Delicado’s North
  • Delicado’s Downtown
  • Van Isle Video
  • Bocca
  • Pirate Chips
  • The Vault
  • Mambo’s Pizza
  • The Thirsty Camel
  • Serious Coffee Downtown
  • Lucid
  • Fascinating Rhythym
  • Mon Petite Chou
  • Gabriel’s Cafe
  • Raw
  • Perkin’s Coffee
  • House of Indigo

Arts and Cultural Centres

  • CHLY
  • The Port Theatre
  • The Nanaimo Art Gallery
  • Harbourfront Library


  • Cedar Secondary
  • John Barsby Secondary
  • NDSS
  • Dover Bay Secondary
  • Wellington Secondary
  • Woodlands Secondary
  • Five Acres
  • VAST
  • Ladysmith Secondary
  • Ballenas Secondary
  • Kwalicum Secondary
  • VIU International High School

Nanaimo Parks and Rec 

  • Beban Park Pool
  • Frank Crane Arena
  • Oliver Woods Community Centre
  • Nanaimo Aquatic Centre
  • Nanaimo Ice Centre

Community Service Centres

  • Vancouver Island Multicultural Centre
  • South Side Teen Centre
  • Tillicum Haus
  • The Neutral Zone
  • The One Stop
  • NYSA Employment Centre
  • Literacy Nanaimo
  • Nanaimo Women’s Centre

If you would like to have the Mind’s Eye available at your Nanaimo business or organization, please contact us at mindseye@nysa.bc.ca.