Stories by Youth for Youth

In this section, you will find stories written by young people, speaking in their own words about their own lives — and how YSB has had an impact on their personal journey. We hope you’ll be inspired by what they have to say. We certainly have been!

If you have an experience that you’d like to share, find out how to submit a story.

Speak: Short documentary about youth fighting homelessness

Let your voice be heard. Speak is a film about the lives of four youth fighting homelessness. It's about their successes and struggles in life. The Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa is one of the largest and most comprehensive non-profit agencies serving 2,500 - 3,000 youth and families in Ottawa and is a registered charity. YSB offers expertise in the areas of mental health, housing, youth justice, health, social issues, street involved youth, and youth employment.

Speak, part I

Speak, part II


Most Recent Story


When Jordan was 13 he started to use drugs, which led to him hanging around the streets at night. “You can’t go home [high] at three in the morning or your parents will question you. Slowly, I started living at friends’ houses… then, when you can’t find a friend to stay with and you don’t want to go home, you end up sleeping outside rather than going home.” READ MORE...

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Written by youth, for youth—our stories tell it like it is.
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Youth Workers

What does it take to support youth on their journey?
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Poetry & Essays

Some experiences are hard to describe. Some ideas are worth writing down.
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