an innoVative centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

helping families in ottawa, canada become self-sufficient contributing members of society

The Youville Centre has served the Ottawa Community for over twenty years. We're very proud of our name and our many accomplishments.

The Youville Centre is a charitable organization that receives wide-spread community support.

The Youville Centre is a charitable organization that receives wide-spread community support.

We are very grateful for the generous support and assistance of all our supporters.

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Co-Operative Education Program

Wendy is the Co-op Teacher

The focus of this year’s co-operative education program at the M.F. McHugh Education Centre/Youville Centre was in keeping with the Youville goal: to help our students become “self-sufficient contributing members of society”. In order to achieve this, our program encompassed the following:

  • Work experience;
  • Volunteering;
  • Field trips to help students with transition planning (Algonquin College, Job Connect, Youth Zone, Job Fairs, Mission Employable, Carleton University);
  • Certifications and Training;
  • Guest Speakers: Alumnae as well as other women in the community who talk about their careers and share their stories;
  • Dual-Credit Program with Algonquin College where students can earn a college credit as well as a high school credit.

Through experiential learning opportunities, students were able to gain employability skills, learn about post secondary options, and expand their résumés by attending workshops and earning a variety of certifications including: WHMIS, Passport to Safety, Service Excellence, Smart Serve and First Aid / CPR. Students were also able to give back to the community through their volunteer efforts at the Ottawa Food Bank and Clean Up the Capital.

Our Co-op program would not be possible without the tremendous support and mentorship that is provided by our workplace supervisors. We are so appreciative of the many businesses and organizations that provided a placement for our students. Their commitment to the program and positive role modeling were essential to the growth and development of our young mothers. These host organizations included:

  • Stitches St. Laurent
  • Parent Resource Centre
  • Cora’s St. Laurent and Richmond Rd. locations
  • Coldwell Banker First Ottawa 
  • Rinaldo Hair Designers and Spa
  • York Street Spa
  • The Bay (Human Resources Department)
  • Hummingbird Medi-Spa
  • Viscount Alexander Public School
  • Clifford Bowey Public School
  • Sears Canada – Rideau Centre
  • Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada

Throughout the month of April, our students took advantage of the many events that were offered by the OCDSB, OCSB, and Job Connect during the “Skilled Trades Month” in Ottawa. These events were open to the whole student body and many students took advantage of these opportunities.

  • Skills Canada Networking Dinner for Women: This event brought students and women in the skilled trades together to share their experience in the trades and explore career opportunities that may not have seemed possible before;
  • Mission Employable: This event highlighted school-to-work and college opportunities in our community. The goal was to connect youth to potential educational pathways and employment opportunities, while facilitating discussions between students and local employers;
  • Algonquin Skilled Trades Tour for Young Women: Our students listened to a motivational speech by two highly successful women from PCL construction and were then taken on a tour of the Algonquin campus. The afternoon was highlighted with the opportunity for the students to do hands-on workshops in the carpentry and tool-making shops.