With 50 years of supporting youth in the Ottawa area, YSB is valued for its expertise in the areas of homelessness, housing, mental health, youth justice, employment, health, diversity, and youth engagement.

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Media Advisories and News Releases

Housing for youth gets a $243,741 boost from SleepOUT fundraiser

Dec 1, 2017

Ottawa’s youth face off against homelessness

Nov 28, 2017

Record number of participants brave the cold to raise funds to end youth homelessness in Ottawa

Dec 2, 2016


Saunders Farm hosts 5th annual “Scaring is Caring Event” in support of youth mental health

Oct 2, 2015

Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa and The Home Depot Canada Foundation Help Youth-In-Need

Jun 24, 2015

Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa and National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA Second Stage Youth Housing Program benefits from customer donations raised through The Orange Door Project campaign

May 28, 2015

Community leaders camp out on a frigid night in a bid to end youth homelessness in Ottawa

Nov 21, 2014

Youth Services Bureau breaks ground for new Trades Training Centre, offering skills training for at-risk youth

Sep 24, 2014

Community leaders camp outside in a bid to end youth homelessness in Ottawa

Feb 5, 2013

The Youth Services Bureau (YSB) has rallied the community to raise awareness about young people on the streets.

2013 Ottawa Youth Job Fair addresses local youth unemployment

Jan 31, 2013
January 31, 2013, Ottawa—The Youth Services Bureau’s Employment Services directly addresses local youth unemployment, with the Ottawa Youth Job Fair taking place at the Jim Durrell Centre on January 31.

New Program to Address Critical Gap for Youth in Mental Health Crisis

Dec 10, 2012

Ontario Government Funding Enables CHEO, OPH, The Royal and YSB to join forces to support teens in the community: “As parents and as a community, we want our children and youth to get help before they reach a full-blown crisis,” says Joanne Lowe, YSB’s executive director. “We need to invest in better continuity of care, since we know young people will have less need for intrusive and expensive services when we tackle their mental health issues early on.”

Ottawa Police and Youth Services Bureau Foundation team up for fundraising gala to help youth in need

Oct 16, 2012

Arts program for street-involved youth will develop leadership and change lives, thanks to $199,000 OTF grant

Oct 10, 2012

Youth from at-risk neighbourhoods experience their first jobs

Aug 29, 2012

World Hepatitis Day in Ottawa: Youth agency urges youth to get tested and be aware

Jul 23, 2012

Ottawa high school students stand together for mental health

May 4, 2012

RBC pledges support to Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa’s mental health programs

Oct 5, 2011

New funding will help prepare immigrant youth for careers through job readiness program

Sep 16, 2011

Youth and artists get together to create a colourful mural for Youth Services Bureau’s Drop-in

Sep 2, 2011

Dreams to reality: Youth from low-income neighbourhoods prove they have what it takes for first job

Aug 31, 2011

Job seekers looking to learn about careers in the health and wellness industry are encouraged to attend networking fair

Aug 9, 2011

Youth Services Bureau recognizes dedication to improving the lives of at-risk youth

Jun 28, 2011

YSB launches innovative mental health program for youth

Jan 14, 2011

CHEO, The Royal and YSB join forces to improve mental health services for youth in crisis

Jan 6, 2011

New program for young parents offers hope for success in the job market

Nov 4, 2010
Ottawa, November 4, 2010—An innovative new program to help young parents get past barriers to employment was officially launched today by two partner agencies, the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa (YSB) and the Youville Centre, with the help of the Hon. John Baird, MP for Ottawa-West Nepean.

Alex Munter to leave Youth Services Bureau to take on a new challenge

Oct 29, 2010

Ottawa, October 29, 2010—Mike Baine, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa, announced today that Alex Munter will leave his position as YSB’s Executive Director in January. Mr. Munter will become the new Chief Executive Officer of the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).

More than just a building. It’s a lifeline to a brighter future

Sep 7, 2010

Ottawa, September 7, 2010—For thousands of vulnerable youth every year, walking through the doors of the Downtown Drop-In Centre is the first time in their lives that they feel safe, feel a sense of belonging, and feel hope for a brighter future. But today, four youth walked into that very building with sledgehammers in their hands and hard hats on their heads to kick-off an ambitious reconstruction project that will see this life-changing facility become better able to meet the needs of the 1,500 at-risk youth per year who rely on it so desperately.

Community pulls together again for Ottawa’s youth

Jun 17, 2010

In 1960, the Ottawa community pulled together to help our city’s young people by creating the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa (YSB). Today, 50 years later, history repeated itself as the new Youth Services Bureau Charitable Foundation was launched to help YSB expand its impact.

WESTFEST and Youth Services Bureau are taking it to the streets!

Jun 1, 2010

Youth agency to become official charity of WESTFEST

Building bridges: Forum brings youth and community together to improve services

Mar 31, 2010

May 27 forum will focus on gaps in services for youth from 16 to 24

Youth agency launches campaign to raise awareness of 24-hour crisis line

Mar 16, 2010

The Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa (YSB) is launching a campaign to raise awareness of its award-winning 24/7 Crisis Line for youth and families.

The Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa celebrates 50 years of supporting youth at risk

Feb 4, 2010

The Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa (YSB) celebrated the start of its 50th anniversary today by calling on Ottawans whose lives have been touched by the agency’s work to reconnect and share their stories.

Bell supports the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa's 50th anniversary of helping youth at risk

Feb 4, 2010

The Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa is proud to announce that Bell is the presenting sponsor of the agency‘s 50th anniversary celebrations.

SOUNDING THE ALARM: Child and youth mental health sector needs to be shored up

Jan 27, 2010

Facing ever-increasing demand but frozen funding, supporters of Ottawa’s child and youth mental health agencies have issued a public letter to Premier Dalton McGuinty asking the province to stabilize crisis, counseling other mental health services for kids and families.

Youth shelters receive donations in times of growing need

Nov 24, 2009

Community Foundation of Ottawa donates $28,800 to Youth Services Bureau shelters

Youth agency and community health centre announce groundbreaking health clinic for street-involved youth

Oct 28, 2009

The Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa (YSB) and the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre (SHCHC) today opened the doors to a health clinic for streetinvolved youth. The two agencies’ unique partnership and groundbreaking approach bring together primary care, mental health services and addictions treatment in one place.

256 Ottawa youth graduate from Summer Jobs for Youth program with new experience and skills

Aug 27, 2009

Today 256 youth from low-income Ottawa neighbourhoods will graduate with valuable new job skills and work experience from the Summer Jobs for Youth program of the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa (YSB). They will receive certificates at a graduation ceremony at 4:00 p.m. at the RA Centre on Riverside Drive.

Youth Services Bureau raises Rainbow Flag to demonstrate emergency shelter a safe place for GLBTTQ youth

Aug 24, 2009

The Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa (YSB) and the Village Committee are working together to break down barriers for gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, two-spirit and questioning (GLBTTQ) youth by raising two rainbow flags at the YSB’s young men’s shelter.

Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa releases strategy to cut health care costs, improve health care for street-involved youth

Jan 13, 2009

The Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa today released the most comprehensive study on the health of street-involved youth and outlined a practical strategy to address those needs.

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