Summer School Youville Centre – Ottawa July 3-24, 2019. M.F. McHugh Education Centre is offering 2 courses with us, see the information below. 2019 Youville Summer School Email or text 613-864-6611 if you are a young pregnant or parenting woman, between the age of 14-25, we have a few spaces remaining!  

Enjoy our annual ladies night out, complete with an exclusive fashion show, wine, appetizers and and an opportunity to shop for hours!  This fundraising event is hosted by Shepherd’s Fashions, in support of the Youville Centre, and will be held onsite at the Trainyards store location.  Please call 613.231.5150 x 128 or click here for more information […]

Legacy Giving Have you ever thought about what you will leave behind? Is leaving your legacy or a living legacy something you may be interested in? How would you like to support future generations, in a cause you care about? For 23 years Youville Centre has been supporting young mothers and their children through education. […]

About Academic Programming Principal’s Message St. Nicholas Adult High School is pleased to continue to build an active and strong partnership with Youville Centre. Our teacher leaders provide instruction and support in a wide range of high school courses while assisting students to earn their diploma. Following graduation from high school, Youville graduates will be […]

About Academic Programming Principal’s Message St. Nicholas Adult High School is pleased to continue to build an active and strong partnership with Youville Centre. Our teacher leaders provide instruction and support in a wide range of high school courses while assisting students to earn their diploma. Following graduation from high school, Youville graduates will be […]

During the Christmas season, things tend to get stressful around Youville Centre. Our moms are scrambling to get school work completed before the break, all while figuring out how to provide their young family with the perfect Christmas. As you can imagine, it’s not a time of year when much self-care takes place for the […]

Do you believe that every child deserves a bright future? Do you feel strongly that young mothers deserve the tools and supports to achieve their dreams? Youville Centre is looking for a compassionate, engaged and motivated individual to join our Board of Directors. This individual should be passionate about helping adolescent mothers and their children […]

Exciting new partnership! We are very excited to announce a new partnership that began this September. Over the years, Youville Centre, like other mainstream high schools, has had to stop serving students when they reached the age of 21 years regardless of how close they were to achieving their high school diplomas.  As a result […]

On June 20th Youville Centre celebrated the remarkable achievement of 17 young mothers at the 2016 graduation ceremony. Once again this year we were very fortunate to have the professional team from Versaille Academy who arrived early in the day eager and prepared to pamper the ladies and help them look and feel their very […]

This is Olivia, and her son Augustus.  As a mom, what Olivia wants most in this world is for her child to feel safe, secure, and loved. Olivia’s journey at Youville Centre has allowed her to provide opportunities for her son to grow, thrive, and learn; and she has become a strong, confident parent and young woman with […]

Our young moms are so busy caring for their children and completing their education that sometimes it can be difficult for them to make time for taking care of themselves. This was the motivation behind our most recent Lunch and Learn on the topic of Self-Care, presented by Mary Gallagher and Michelle Torunski on April […]

With such a cold and unpredictable winter this year, our young moms and their children needed warm snowsuits, boots, hats and mitts more than ever. We are quite glad to see the snow melting, as we are always happy to see Spring on the horizon! We are grateful to all of our donors who provide […]

Sources of Strength is a strength based, evidence-informed wellness program used by high schools for suicide prevention awareness. The program’s mission is: to prevent suicide by increasing help seeking behaviors and promoting connections between peers and caring adults.  Sources of Strength utilizes students as peer leaders. Students are trained in the program, and they use […]

  Youville Centre celebrated Valentine’s Day early this year, and our very generous donors helped us to provide treats for our young moms!Here at Youville Valentine’s Day is all about the love mom and baby have for each other, but it is also wonderful when our donors think of our young moms and provide treats […]

During these snowy winter days, we love to offer opportunities for outdoor fun for our toddlers, so that they can continue their physical development and work on their gross motor skills. Sledding is a favourite activity — we’re not sure who enjoys it more, our Early Childhood Educators or the children themselves! Please enjoy some […]

  Each year leading up to Christmas, our talented cooks make a beautiful Christmas lunch for our young moms and their children. Often for many of our young families this might be their only turkey dinner, so we do our best to make it special. Dessert included nut-free mini-cupcakes from Thimblecakes, and tasty Christmas shortbreads baked […]

    We are feeling the holiday spirit this week at Youville Centre! On Monday we had our annual “Mom & Me Christmas Song Circle” where our young moms had the opportunity to join their children in our child development program to sing holiday songs and spend time together. Staff, volunteers, and placement students also […]

   Every year leading up to Christmas, we are fortunate to have a group of volunteers from Hydro Ottawa visit Youville Centre to help us make the centre merry and bright! Called “Holiday Helping Hands”, this volunteer initiative allows us to continue our great partnership with Hydro Ottawa. Through their joint funding opportunity with United […]

Each year near or on December 6th, Youville Centre holds a vigil for all women who are, and have been, victims of violence. Each year we centre this vigil around the 14 female victims of 1989’s Ecole Polytechnique Massacre. This is a way for us to observe the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, […]

  On November 20, 2015, Youville Centre celebrated National Child Day! Since 1993, this special day has been celebrated across Canada “to commemorate the United Nations’ adoption of two documents centered on children’s rights: the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the ChildExternal Link on November 20, 1959, and the United Nations Convention on […]

Photo (L) by: Style Domination. All other photos by Lil’ Moments Photography — Kim Grenier On Tuesday, October 20, 2015, Shepherd’s Fashions hosted a Fashion FUNRaiser in support of Youville Centre at their Train Yards store. A more intimate version of the Ooh ‘n Ahh Fashion Show and Gala, this Fashion FUNRaiser gathered over 120 […]

   Each year Youville Centre students participate in a conference called “In Love…and In Danger”. Founded and organized by Family Services Ottawa, this event brings teenagers from across the city together to discuss the topic of dating violence. From the Family Services Ottawa website: In Love…and In Danger believes that teens are part of the […]

Each year we take our Fitness class outside to enjoy the natural beauty that is Gatineau Park! It is a much loved outing by our young moms and staff, and hiking is a great activity for our moms to continue with their children as they grow up. Please enjoy some photos from the sunny fall […]

  Recently we held a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast for any of our volunteers who were available to attend. We have approximately 30 volunteers in our Youville volunteer “family” — some are weekly, some provide support seasonally or on an on-call basis. Whatever their role in the centre, we value our volunteers very much, as they […]

Lately we have been having a lot of fun preparing for our upcoming Shepherd’s Fashion FUNRaiser event this coming Tuesday, October 20th at Shepherd’s Train Yards at 6:00 pm! It is going to be a fantastic night of fun and fashion, and we hope to see you there! For a little fashion inspiration, here are […]

Each year as summer school comes to a close, we hold a BBQ Fun Day and Showcase for our summer school students and their children. Work from the two summer courses, Visual Art and Dramatic Arts is displayed and showcased prior to heading outside for a BBQ and some fun outdoor activities. This is a […]

Congratulations 2015 Graduates! We cannot believe another year has passed already! We have enjoyed watching our graduates grow as young mothers to their children, and achieve academic and personal goals. We are so proud of each and every one of our graduates, and we wish them well as they move on to their next phase […]

Thank you to each and every person, business, and organization who supported our 2015 Mother’s Day Fundraising Campaign in support of Youville Centre’s young mothers and their children. We are excited to announce that with your help, we raised $7,209 which will go directly to programs and services at Youville Centre that serve 48 young […]

Over the past month, as part of our Help us Grow Mother’s Day Campaign, we have featured all five of our rooms in the Child Development Program. This post introduces you to the final room, The Snapdragons! In these blog posts you have met the “Room Ambassadors”, learned what the infants or toddlers in that […]

Each week in May, as part of our Help us Grow Mother’s Day Campaign, we will be featuring all five of our rooms in the Child Development Program. In these blog posts you will meet the “Room Ambassadors”, learn what the infants or toddlers in that room do each day, and learn about some of […]

Each week in May, as part of our Help us Grow Mother’s Day Campaign, we will be featuring all five of our rooms in the Child Development Program. In these blog posts you will meet the “Room Ambassadors”, learn what the infants or toddlers in that room do each day, and learn about some of […]

Each week in May, as part of our Help us Grow Mother’s Day Campaign, we will be featuring all five of our rooms in the Child Development Program. In these blog posts you will meet the “Room Ambassadors”, learn what the infants or toddlers in that room do each day, and learn about some of […]

Each week in May, as part of our Help us Grow Mother’s Day Campaign, we will be featuring all five of our rooms in the Child Development Program. In these blog posts you will meet the “Room Ambassadors”, learn what the infants or toddlers in that room do each day, and learn about some of […]

Free the Children‘s youth event National We Day came to Ottawa again this year, on Wednesday, April 1st at the Canadian Tire Centre. Our valued friends at TELUS were very generous and provided 20 tickets for our students and staff to attend this event, which combines music, dance, keynote speeches and fun for youth ages […]

On Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Youville Centre celebrated The International Day of Pink. Staff and students dressed in their favourite shades of pink and showed their creativity with accessories and decorations. Even the children enjoyed the festive pink hairbands our staff donned for the day. Although it was a fun opportunity to dress up and […]

Hello friends and supporters of Youville Centre! Are you interested in joining the Youville Centre Volunteer Board of Directors? Are you an events or fundraising professional who is looking for a meaningful way to give back to your community? If so, please consider applying to one or both of the positions below. 1) Director of […]

At Youville Centre, we are always so grateful when a community member or group decides to host a third party event so that our young moms and children can benefit. One such event is happening soon, on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 at The Museum of History. The Sparkle Dental Charity Ball will support Youville Centre […]

Youville Centre’s pilot mentorship program is well underway, with semi-monthly lunch and learn events continuing throughout the school year, and nine students who have been matched with mentors enjoying one-on-one lunch meetings. Over the past few months we have enjoyed three Lunch & Learn events at the centre featuring unique topics and special guests. Please […]

Another month of snow and ice also means another fitness field trip centred around winter sports for Youville Centre’s young moms! Recently our students had the opportunity to visit Camp Fortune to ski and snowboard, spent time outside, and enjoy a fun and active field trip. The beautiful, sunny day began with a lesson in […]

In our Fitness Program, we try to take at least one field trip per season, so that our young moms can enjoy an outdoor fitness activity. We also try to choose activities that are low-cost or no-cost, and those that they can continue to enjoy with their children for years to come. This past week […]

  On Tuesday, January 27, Youville Centre celebrated Family Literacy Day! An initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada, Family Literacy Day “is a national awareness initiative held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family”( As moms arrived at the centre […]

Christmastime is always such a wonderful time of year at Youville Centre, and for that we have all of you — our donors and supporters —  to thank! With many special events for our young mothers and their children, generous donations from our wonderful community, and visits from helpful volunteers and guests to make the […]

Each year around December 6th, Youville Centre’s young moms hold a vigil for the victims of the Montreal Massacre. As of this year, it has been 25 years since this tragic day, but we continue to remember the women who lost their lives by saying their names and lighting candles. Staff and students alike wore […]

On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, Youville Centre joined together once again with Marlene Shepherd and Shepherd’s Fashions  for a fabulous Fashion FUNRaiser. A smaller, more intimate version of the Ooh ‘n Ahh Fashion Show, this event was held inside Shepherd’s Train Yards store. Raising over $25,000 with significant contributions from Scotiabank and Shepherd’s, this event […]

On Wednesday, October 29th, Youville Centre celebrated two special occasions that happened to fall on the same day: Young Parent Day, and Childcare Worker and Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Appreciation Day! To celebrate these two important occasions, we held a special “Mom & Me” music circle in each childcare room, where staff, moms and children […]

Hello Friends of Youville Centre, Whole Foods Market Lansdowne Park is officially opening this Wednesday, November 19th. To celebrate their entry into Ottawa, they are dedicating 1% of their sales for the first five days they are open to local charitable organizations. Youville Centre was very fortunate to have been chosen as the designated charity […]

You can help make Christmas magical for Youville Centre’s young moms and their children! If you are interested in making a donation, please read the information on the image below and get in touch with us. We thank you for your support and we wish you and your family a beautiful holiday season!

It’s no secret that Youville Centre’s Collective Kitchen classes are among our most popular credit-worthy lifestyle programs. A component of our  “A Leader in Your Own Life” course, Collective Kitchen allows our young moms a chance to learn how to cook affordable, healthy meals for themselves and their children. We also factor in the items […]

Each year in our fitness program, we try to provide unique outings and opportunities for our young moms. One such outing is a trip to Gatineau Park for a hike. This not only provides a chance for physical fitness, but hiking is also good for the soul as it connects us to nature and can […]

On Thursday, July 24th, as a final wrap-up and celebration of summer school, we hosted a barbeque for our young moms and their children. Our valued donors at TELUS provided funding to cover food costs, secured a barbeque for the day, and provided volunteer assistance! This particular group, known as the TELUS Community Ambassadors, meet […]

Summer school at Youville Centre is a wonderful chance for young moms to continue learning and to earn one credit during the month of July. This year students could take one of two courses offered: Hairstyling & Esthetics or Dramatic Arts. Both classes not only offer the opportunity to earn a credit, but also the […]

Graduation at Youville Centre is always a very special time of year for our young moms and their children. By receiving their high school diplomas, our graduates are continuing their journey on a new path toward a brighter future for themselves and their children. The day is filled with fun and excitement in anticipation for […]

Each year leading up to graduation, we have a “Mom & Me” breakfast event where our students can enjoy a special breakfast with their little ones and we can all celebrate the culmination of the school year. Our talented cooks whipped up some special breakfast treats and our young moms enjoyed socializing with staff and […]

At Youville Centre, we provide yoga classes twice per week throughout the academic year for our young moms, and the benefits of this weekly practice are many, including decreased stress, mood regulation and improved physical health. Yoga is also beneficial for children when taught safely and appropriately. Last month, our Early Childhood Educators decided to […]

Mr. Ted Woodhead, Vice President of Federal Government and Regulatory Affairs at TELUS, pitched in to clean the toys that our toddlers use during outdoor play! On Saturday, May 31st, 2014, TELUS Ottawa employees returned to Youville Centre for their annual TELUS Day of Giving. Each spring, TELUS demonstrates its Day of Giving motto: “Give […]

On Wednesday, May 28th, Youville Centre students enjoyed their last lunch & learn event of the year. A component of our mentorship program, each lunch & learn has offered our students a chance to connect with community members and inspiring guest speakers, and this event was no different. This final lunch & learn was unique […]

Pictured here with our students are: (second from left) Marina Stipanac, Mentorship Program Volunteer, and (centre, L to R)  Penny Carkner and Darlene Villeneuve, Youville Centre alumnae. April’s Lunch & Learn event brought two former Youville graduates back to the centre to speak to our students. Organized by Mentorship Program Volunteer Marina Stipanac, the lunch […]

All photos by SD Photography ~ Samantha Danis On Friday, April 4th, Youville Centre hosted Grown Ups Read Things They Wrote As Kids (GRTTWAK). An open-mic style event inspired by the original GRTTWAK which originally launched in Toronto, the evening offered a chance for guests to read things they wrote when they were a […]

Youville Centre’s annual Mother’s Day Campaign is back! First, we would like to express our sincere thanks to each and every one of you who honoured your mother last year with a donation to help the young moms and children at Youville Centre. With your help we were able to double our fundraising efforts from […]

Recently our toddlers learned a special skill — how to bake cookies! Of course we kept little hands away from the oven, but children from our toddler programs had a chance to help make the batter and enjoy this sensory experience! A fun activity for mom and child, baking also helps a child’s development. By […]

Thursday, February 20th, 2014 was a day that Youville Centre’s young moms will never forget. On this special day, our young mothers had the amazing opportunity to visit Rideau Hall and spend time with His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and his wife, Her Excellency Mrs. Sharon Johnston. Rideau Hall […]

Gather your friends and family and enjoy a night out in support of Youville Centre’s young mothers and their children! Inspired by the Toronto event of the same name, Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids is an open mic style event where guests share funny, heartwarming and just plain hilarious things they wrote as […]

On Wednesday, February 5th, we held our third Lunch ‘n Learn as part of our Mentorship Program. Organized by Youville Centre Board President and Chair of the Mentorship Program, Megan Wallace, who herself is a lawyer who balances career and motherhood, the student-requested theme this time was “Careers in Law and Municipal Government”. Guests on […]

At Youville Centre, we celebrate Valentine’s Day by celebrating the love between our young mothers and their babies. We decorate the centre, Youville’s babies and toddlers make special artwork for their mothers, and we have a very generous donor who provides a rose for each mom. The roses are given out at the end of […]

At Youville Centre, we sincerely appreciate our generous volunteers, donors and community partners. Without their help and support, we would simply be unable to continue to motivate, educate and nurture our young mothers and their children at the level of service that we provide. This year, to show our appreciation, our students organized a very […]

Youville Centre’s mission is to motivate, educate and nurture young mothers and their children to become self-sufficient, contributing members of society. This year, Youville moms are contributing, not only to their own community, but to the global village. This new philosophy was Inspired by one of our students, Nicole, who viewed a YouTube video of […]

All Photos by: Cpl Carbe Orellana, Rideau Hall. ©Her Majesty The Queen in Right of Canada represented by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General (2013) In celebration of International Volunteer Day, Youville Centre had two very special volunteers visit us on December 5, 2013. Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor […]

Christmastime is a wonderful time of year at Youville Centre, with many special events for our young mothers and their children, generous donations from our wonderful community, and visits from helpful volunteers and guests to make the season bright. It goes without saying that without YOU, we would not be able to provide such a […]

This time of year we are so humbled by our generous donor community and the contributions they make, not only to provide a magical Christmas for our young moms and children, but also to provide essential items and special treats to help our clients save money. One such treat was recently presented to our young […]

On Tuesday, November 26th, 2013, we hosted our second Mentorship Program Lunch ‘n Learn. The theme was “Setting Goals and Finding Your Strengths”, and we were fortunate to have three very special guests to help impart helpful guidance and information to Youville’s young moms. Guest presenters included Marlene Floyd, Director of Operations and Outreach for […]

Youville Centre recently  hosted a Growing Healthy Clinic for our young mothers and their children, and some of our alumnae participated as well. The purpose of a Growing Healthy Clinic is to screen children between the ages of birth and 6 years of age for developmental delays, and in turn, if necessary, refer them to […]

One of Youville Centre’s newest credit-worthy programs is called EMBRACE Your Future. EMBRACE stands for: Empower, Motivate, Build Resiliency, Role Model, Advocate, Communicate and Educate. It is through all of these actions and values that Youville Centre’s young mothers are working to create a healthy, positive future for themselves and their child. Course content includes […]

At Youville Centre, we have 55 little artists from the ages of 2 months to 2.5 years. Yes, even the 2 month old babies can experience art! Within our Child Development Program and our ELECT Framework (Early Learning for Every Child Today), our infants and toddlers participate in a wide range of art activities using […]

You can help make Christmas magical for Youville Centre’s young moms and their children! If you are interested in making a donation, please read the information on the image below and get in touch with us. We thank you for your support and we wish you and your family a beautiful holiday season!

This fall, as part of our Physical Education Program, our students had the opportunity to go for a hike in beautiful Gatineau Park.This special field trip was part of Take Me Outside Day, A day that began as cloudy and rainy quickly turned to a day filled with smiles, laughter, sweat, great stories and a […]

On Monday, October 7th, six lucky Youville Centre graduates got the chance to try on some glamourous gowns at Shepherd’s Fashions! In preparation for our long running fashion show fundraiser with Marlene Shepherd (which was on October 22), our alumnae tried on cocktail dresses and formal evening wear, all in an effort to choose the […]

Members of the Mentorship Program Task Force with Inspirational Guest Speakers (L to R): Youville Centre Alumna Michelle Torunski, Board Chair Megan Wallace, Shannon Gorman, Stephanie MacGregor, Lisa Larter and Youville Centre Alumna Jennifer Clark. On Wednesday, October 9th, Youville Centre officially launched the Mentorship Program, which is sponsored by TELUS. During this academic year, […]

To celebrate the success of our summer school students, we decided to host a BBQ Fun Day for our young moms and their children. The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa helped to make this BBQ possible, and members of the club  were on-site to lend a helping hand. Our BBQ Chef for the day was none […]

Summer is here and Youville Centre students are just wrapping up their final summer school assignments. This summer our young moms worked toward a credit in either Visual Arts or Hairstyling & Esthetics. Brand new to our summer school programming, the Hairstyling & Esthetics Course was run through the Ottawa Catholic School Board’s Continuing Education […]

On Friday, June 21st, 23 Youville Centre moms walked across the graduation stage to accept their Ontario Secondary School Diplomas. Since these young moms first walked through our doors, we have journeyed with them through their successes and learning experiences in parenting, academics and life skills, and we can now proudly wish them well as […]

Mother’s Day is an important time at Youville Centre, and this May we continued our tradition with our Mother’s Day Campaign. The campaign is an annual initiative for support from the community, and it focuses on honouring mothers, both here at Youville Centre and in the community. When donations were given, generous supporters also told […]

With the academic year winding down and summer school on the horizon, our Phys. Ed. class decided to take fitness to another level — a university level, if you will! Due to the generosity of  the University of Ottawa, our young moms received the opportunity to exercise in a well-equipped athletic centre and on an […]

Once again, loyal Youville Centre supporter Marlene Shepherd is hosting the Ooh ‘n Ahh Fashion Show & Auction in support of Youville Centre! This year’s event is set for Tuesday, October 22, 2013 from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre (formerly known as the Hampton Inn Conference Centre). It will […]

All photos by Justin Van Leeuwen ~ JVL Photography On Saturday, May 25th, 2013, 30 plus TELUS Ottawa employees donned their t-shirts and jeans, rolled up their sleeves and participated in the TELUS Day of Giving. With a motto to “Give Where You Live”, this community initiative was yet another socially responsible way that TELUS […]

This year Youville Centre launched a new Lifestyle Course called “A Leader in my Own Life”. Linked to academic credit, this course combined cooking skills, leadership and self advocacy, life skills and financial literacy. Part of being a leader in your own life and a good role model for your child is learning how to […]

We Day Logo via Free the Children On Monday, April 29th, 2013, hundreds of students from all over the Ottawa area packed the Robert Guertin Arena for National We Day, a call to action for youth and a day of motivation, inspiration and fun, created by Marc & Craig Kielburger, activists and founders of Free […]

When we heard Oprah was coming to Ottawa, we just had to reach out to her to see if she might have time in her schedule to visit us at Youville Centre. So, with the support of a loyal donor, we sat down and wrote to Oprah, hoping that at the very least, we would […]

This Mother’s Day, please consider honouring your mother with a special gift to the young moms and children of Youville Centre. Mother’s Day is a very special time of year here at Youville Centre. By participating in this annual initiative, your contribution will go towards helping us to continue to support our young moms and […]

If you’ve come to visit us at Youville Centre recently you may have seen our newly renovated student lounge. Get ready to gasp! Here are some photos of the completed lounge: What a beautiful room for our students to relax in, to read, watch a movie, have a snack and just enjoy some “me time”. […]

On Thursday, February 28th, Youville Centre’s young mothers hosted a very special Appreciation Tea for volunteers, donors, and partners who have supported Youville Centre in immeasurable ways. The entire event was orchestrated by the students as a way of expressing their gratitude to the wonderful people who support them and their children at Youville Centre. […]

We are so grateful to have supportive donors in the community thinking of our young moms and children here at Youville Centre. This year we were fortunate to meet a young woman named Elaine Larsen who has single-handedly organized a fundraiser for Youville Centre called A Toast to the Ladies. This event will be held […]

The atmosphere at Youville Centre was bittersweet last month as we received the news that a treasured staff member, Cathy Romano-Franzese, would be embarking on new adventures and leaving our centre. After 23 years of dedicated service to Youville Centre’s young mothers and children as an Early Childhood Education Student, ECE Teacher, Preschool Supervisor*, Student […]

On a snowy day last week, a group of Youville moms and their teachers braved the cold and enjoyed a fun and exciting field trip to the Rideau Canal! Everyone laced up their skates and bundled up in their winter gear; both of which were generously donated and loaned to our students by donors and […]

This month marks the beginning of a new academic block here at Youville Centre, and with that comes a new Lifestyle Course: A Leader in My Own Life. This accredited leadership course will build skills in self-advocacy, communication, professional online presence, financial literacy, cooking, team skills and conflict resolution, among other important skills essential to […]

On Wednesday, December 19th, Youville Centre Staff, Board Members and special guest volunteers hosted a Christmas Lunch for our young mothers and their children. This year the annual lunch was even more special as we extended the invitation to an important person in each young mother’s life. Some of our students brought their friends, some […]

Thanks to the many generous corporate, individual and community donors who support Youville Centre, Christmas is much brighter each year for our young mothers and their children. At Youville, we do as much as we can to ensure that each young mom’s essential needs are met first, and second, that each of them and their […]

On Friday, December 14th, Dr. Tom Harle, Dental Clinic Coordinator Anthea Chang and students in the Dental Hygiene Program brought “Keep Smiling Day” to Youville Centre. Our young mothers were able to peruse the colourful, educational display that the students put together and they gathered practical knowledge about dental care and received free samples of […]

We are so grateful to everyone who attended Youville Centre’s 25th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, October 25 at the Hampton Inn Conference Centre, and to all of our event and silent auction sponsors who helped to make this event such a success! We will be sharing a full recap of the evening’s festivities in our […]

The Holidays are a joyful time, however they can also be difficult for some. At this time of year we are always quite fortunate to receive generous support for our young mothers and their children, and we are very appreciative. Based on the most urgent needs of our clients, this year we decided to create a Holiday Giving Guide, highlighting […]

  On Tuesday, October 23rd, Youville Centre Former Staff and Alumnae dating back to Youville’s beginnings 25 years ago visited our centre to reconnect and celebrate. The centre was full of smiles, laughter and even a few tears as everyone in attendance enjoyed reminiscing and reuniting. It was very special to have former Executive Directors, […]

On September 20th, 2012, two of Youville Centre‘s wonderful volunteers were the honoured recipients of the Mayor’s Award for Volunteer Spirit at the VOscars, an annual fundraiser and awards ceremony hosted by Volunteer Ottawa. The evening had an “Oscar” theme, hence the name “VOscars”, and many volunteers were honoured for their contributions to local charities […]

We are very fortunate to have people such as Hassa Mirchandani and his team at Bytown Travel Ltd., the Knights of Columbus Holy Redeemer Council # 9544 and the Knights of Columbus of Divine Infant Parish in our donor community. Each year these three groups each host a golf tournament, and Youville Centre’s young mothers and […]

Here at Youville Centre we are very fortunate to benefit from the time and talent of many volunteers and community members. One such supporter of Youville Centre is local photographer, Dwayne Brown. Each Christmas season, Dwayne volunteers hours of his time photographing, editing and developing portraits of our young mothers and their children. His work is […]

Please join us at the Hampton Inn Conference Centre on Thursday, October 25th as we celebrate 25 years of motivating, educating and nurturing young mothers and their children! Our 25th Anniversary Celebration will feature a plated four-course dinner, special presentations and some wonderful guest speakers, including our Keynote Speaker, Shannon Gorman, National Director of Community […]

For two years now, MBNA‘s Women In Leadership (WIL) Grouphas been supporting Youville Centre’s young mothers and their children in various ways. From diaper drives to food and clothing drives, financial support, event participation and guest speaking presentations, this amazing group has been with us along the way. With another academic year upon us, we […]

Everyone is familiar with the phrase, “school’s out for summer”, but here at Youville Centre our young moms soldier on through the month of July to earn one more Ontario Secondary School credit and enjoy a few fun, memorable experiences. Each July, our students have the opportunity to earn a credit in one of two […]

  On Thursday, June 7th, 2012, 21 young mothers walked across the graduation stage at Youville Centre to accept their Ontario Secondary School Diplomas. Since these young women entered our doors, they have been preparing for this day, and in the days and weeks leading up to the big event they worked together to make […]

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our First Annual Mother’s Day Campaign this May! The concept of the campaign was to provide an opportunity for you to honour your own mother and all that she gave to you, by giving to our young mothers and their children at Youville Centre. We were so delighted […]

  On Friday, May 25th, Youville Centre Staff and Students joined together for our annual Earth Day Cleanup. With yard cleanup supplies provided by Youville Centre volunteers and City of Ottawa’s Cleaning the Capital, our students successfully raked, swept and rid our yard of litter and waste. Due to the generosity of Alissa Campbell and Colin Lundy […]

This Mother’s Day, please consider honouring your mother with a special gift to the young moms and children of Youville Centre. Mother’s Day is a very special time of year here at Youville Centre. By participating in this special initiative, your contribution will go towards helping us to continue to support our young moms and […]

School Council students with Executive Director Cindy Simpson and Board Members Megan Wallace and Tara Newman On April 11th, 2012, Youville Centre students and staff wore their favourite shades of pink to raise awareness about bullying and discrimination. Youville Centre’s school council (comprised mostly of upcoming graduates) presented an honest, informative and dramatic multimedia presentation […]

A day at the slopes is fun for most students, but when a field trip to the local ski hill is not simply a day off, but also a chance for a young mom to be a teen again, it’s even more special. Our students at Youville Centre took this chance to spend a day […]

Do you or a family member or friend own a Kobo E-Reader? If so, you can support Youville Centre simply by reading your favourite books! SIGN UP HERE: Image via Kobo is starting a reading revolution! Once you sign up to their “Read On” Program, every minute spent reading on your Kobo E-Reader […]

Due to the heartfelt generosity of one of our donors, we were lucky enough to be able to give out long-stemmed roses today to the young Moms of Youville Centre. Here at Youville Centre, Valentine’s Day celebrates the love between Moms and their babies. It was so nice to be able to brighten their day […]

For the second consecutive year, Youville Centre participated in Community Action Day this December. Community Action Day (CAD) is a joint initiative between United Way Ottawa and Volunteer Ottawa that gives corporate and government employees the chance to get out of the office and roll up their sleeves to take action by volunteering with charities […]

On Friday, June 17th, Youville Centre’s young moms received the gift of fashion from a local consignment shop, AMH Style. In a young mother’s life, thoughts often go to diapers, formula, doctor’s appointments and clothing for her child. It is rare that our young moms have the chance to shop for clothing for themselves, let […]

On Thursday, June 2nd, 2011, 24 of Youville Centre’s young moms donned their graduation gowns and celebrated this momentous occasion in their lives. Graduation means so much to our students and their children. By completing their OSSD Diploma, these proud young women are taking steps towards providing a better life for themselves and their children. […]

Tickets are now on sale for the Shepherds’ Ooh ‘n Ahh Fashion Show and Auction in support of Youville Centre and Dress for Success Ottawa! Join us on Thursday, October 20th from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm! Purchase individual tickets or buy a table of 8 for your group. *Corporate signage is available. New Venue: Ashbury […]

Thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa-Vanier, this Mother’s Day we were able to offer a treat to our young Moms in the form of roses. The students really enjoyed receiving the roses and were grateful to be remembered on this special day. Youville Centre also honoured Mother Earth with our annual Earth Day Cleanup. Students […]

Today was a special day at Youville Centre, as the students in our Collective Kitchen Class were instructed and inspired by two female culinary professionals from DiVino Wine Studio. Cooking Instructor/Event Manager Larissa Beznaczuk-Smyrnew and Chef Jessica Hendren showed our students how to cook a simple, delicious and healthy one-pot meal to serve at home. […]

On Wednesday, January 12th, Youville students were the lucky recipients of a personal cooking class from Chef Katie Brown, Chef de Cuisine at Play Food and Wine (Steven Beckta).This visit was part of a weekly program here at Youville Centre called Collective Kitchen. Part of the Parenting curriculum, Collective Kitchen teaches young parents how to […]

Our recent Youville Art Gallery Event showcased the talents of the students who chose to study Art in the summer school program. All of the art was quite original and well-crafted and some of the most striking pieces were the sketches of the children here at Youville Centre. Congratulations to all of the art students! May you continue […]

  Thanks to the mighty watering skills of our wonderful Youville children, our organic vegetable gardens are growing nicely! The garden beds are the result of a program here at Youville Centre called Planet Youville, where our students and their children are participating in a recycling program and an organic garden project. Planet Youville is […]

On Wednesday, June 16th at the Cedarhill Golf and Country Club a fund raising event in support of the Youville Centre will be held. Sponsored by Bytown Travel, this event promises to be lots of fun. To download an entry form, please click here.

On Thursday, June 3rd, Youville held its 23rd annual Graduation Exercises. Twenty-three young mothers received their Ontario High School Graduation Diplomas. It was a time to celebrate the wonderful accomplishments of these students and was a very happy time for all.

STRATHCONA PARK IN OTTAWA’S SANDY HILL WAS A BUSY PLACE ON A BEAUTIFUL SUNDAY MORNING IN MAY. ON SUNDAY, MAY 16TH, OUR FIRST-EVER ‘YOU RIDE’ TOOK PLACE. IT WAS A GREAT FAMILY EVENT. “You Ride, 2010” was a pledge-based 5k, 10k and 20k family bike ride fund raising event for the Youville Centre that featured […]

Bon Appetit Ottawa provides a recipe for both hunger and poverty relief in the National Capital Region. Driven by the hospitality industry to support the operational needs of local charities BAO has a particular focus on children and the elderly. Bon Appetit is a supporter of Youville Centre! Ottawa’s premiere gourmet event Place: Aberdeen Pavilion, […]

One of the great features of the YouRide Event is its location. Strathcona Park is sandwiched between the Rideau River and Range Road. Here it commands a magnificent position on the river at the eastern end of Sandy Hill and just a short distance from the Youville Centre itself. Strathcona park was formerly the site […]

YouRide is a newly created fundraising event for Youville Centre that we are very excited about! It is a pledge-based bike trek along the beautiful NCC pathway system that will take place Sunday, May 16th, 2010 starting in Strathcona Park in historic Sandy Hill (Youville’s neighbourhood); with registration beginning at 9 a.m. Participants have the […]

Hello and welcome to Youville Centre’s new blog. Created to compliment our new web site, the Youville blog is a space alumnae, students and the rest of the community can visit to get updates and information relating to Youville Centre. Visit often and please feel free to leave us comments and suggestions!