About Us

Welcome to Youville Centre!

Whether you are a student looking to attend our program, a volunteer hoping to help out, an alumnae looking to get in touch, or a donor wishing to give; we hope that our website will shine a light on the innovative programming and important work that takes place with two generations at Youville Centre.

Our Official Service Description:

Located in Ottawa, Youville Centre is a non-profit, registered charity that serves adolescent mothers and their children. Youville’s trauma-informed, holistic programs and services include: crisis intervention, intensive mental health therapy and treatment, addiction counselling, collaborative problem solving, a licensed child development program with a focus on infant mental health, attachment-based parenting programs with intervention and treatment, and a fully accredited secondary school. For more than a quarter century, Youville Centre has been an innovative centre that motivates, educates and nurtures young mothers and their children to become self-sufficient, contributing members of society.

Our Mission and Philosophy

Youville Centre is an innovative centre that motivates, educates and nurtures young mothers and their children to become self-sufficient, contributing members of society.

At Youville Centre, we believe that every child and youth has the ability to learn and grow, and that every young mother deserves to have a dream that anything is possible. Our myriad of programs and services help our young moms to work towards personal, academic and parenting goals in order to create a brighter future for themselves and their children.

A Message from our Executive Director

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Witnessing moments of simple joy is the best part of being the Executive Director at Youville Centre. Moments when babies take their first step during our parenting classes, moments when students obtain their first credit or read their first book, and the powerful moments when our young women realize that they can overcome their mental health challenges and live as independent capable parents, due to the wrap around support provided by Youville Centre staff. These are the moments that make coming to work such a pleasure, and reinforce why most consider Youville Centre as a community where “magic can happen”. As I fill my memory book with many unforgettable moments from this year, I would have to mention as a highlight our visit to Rideau Hall, where Her Excellency Sharon Johnston assisted our young moms in making her unique family recipe of cinnamon buns, and shared tea. An added bonus was meeting His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, whose words of wisdom left a lasting impression on our teen moms. Our moms, who struggle daily with mental health issues and the challenges of everyday living, were overwhelmed that the Governor General of Canada and Mrs. Johnston would take the time from their busy schedule to compliment them on their work at Youville Centre, and to reassure them that their dreams are possible with hard work and tenacity.

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I continue to be deeply moved by the compassion and generosity of the donors, partners and volunteers that we work with in the Ottawa community, whose contributions enable the capable staff of Youville Centre to motivate, educate and nurture our adolescent mothers as they strive to overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges and barriers to build a brighter future for their children and themselves.As Youville Centre moves into another year, we look to the future to evaluate where we have been, where we wish to be, and determine how to get there. This year our journey includes preparing to become an Accredited Child and Youth Mental Health Centre. We take on this quest as we strive to continually improve our services to our clients, our young moms and their children, as we affect change with two generations. My sincere gratitude is extended to our Volunteer Board of Directors, particularly Megan Wallace, our President and Chair, who constantly give us the gift of their time andcontinually support our staff in the important work we do. Finally, my deep admiration goes to the young mothers of Youville Centre who remind me daily that “courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow”. – Mary Anne Radmacher

Cindy Simpson, B.A., M. Ed