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 and Accredited Child and Youth Mental Health Agency that serves adolescent mothers and their children. Since 1985, Youville’s trauma-informed, holistic programs and services include:  a fully accredited secondary school, crisis intervention, intensive mental health therapy and treatment, substance-use counselling, collaborative problem solving,  a licensed child development program with a focus on infant mental health and attachment-based parenting programs with intervention and treatment.

Our Mission and Philosophy

Youville Centre is an innovative centre that inspires, educates and nurtures young mothers and their children to utilize their strengths and achieve their goals.

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.


The Youville Centre Board of Directors along with Youville Centre’s leadership team, staff, and clients actively engaged in the revision of Youville Centre’s Mission and Vision along with the creation of our 4-year Strategic Plan. Our Strategic Plan is client-centered, evidence and trauma-informed, while clearly demonstrating our operational plan, strategic direction, goals, and objectives. Our commitment to quality assurance is comprehensive, intentional, and grounded in the agency-wide principle of providing the best quality service to our young mothers and their children.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

 In the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation the Youville Centre acknowledges that the land on which we inspire, educate and nurture, is the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg People. We honor the diverse histories of the multi-cultural community in which we live. Youville Centre recognizes, values and celebrates human diversity and uniqueness including but not limited to race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, socio-economic status, class, and religion. We actively welcome, appreciate and protect the dignity and worth for people of all expressions including our children, youth, volunteers and staff. We work with our network of partners and the community to embed all aspects of equality, diversity and inclusion into our organization so that we maintain and respect all people while offering hope and support for our pregnant and parenting young mothers and their children.

Inspire. Educate. Nurture.

Youville Centre is committed to providing a wide range of services to young mothers and their children while assisting them in completing their high school education. Those eligible for the program are young women who are…

Between the ages of 14 and 25
Pregnant or parenting
Eligible for subsidized child care services
Working toward completing their Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Certificate
In a position to benefit from mental health services and additional programming offered within the Centre.

Clients are referred to Youville Centre from a variety of sources including: local high schools, nurses, clergy, community agencies, physicians, friends, relatives, or self referrals.