Youth Engagement

At YSB, we value what you say about issues that are important to you. We also look for ways to help you reach your full potential. Our youth engagement programs will help you develop confidence, leadership skills and a strong, independent voice — while educating the community about youth issues.

Ethno-cultural Youth Advisory

This group works with community leaders and youth services organizations to ensure that the needs of immigrant youth and their families are met and that their transition to Canadian society goes smoothly.
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Join the Ethno-Cultural Youth Advisory on on Facebook


Hep-C Youth Team

Hep-C Youth Team focuses on the education of the harms of hepatitis and the ways it is transferred. Using engaging means of outreach, this peer to peer education team educates youth on harm reduction which includes how to keep themselves safe and healthy when engaging in activities that have the risk of hepatitis-C transfer. The Hep-C Youth team is operated through the Health Services Program within YSB under the guidance of the Hep-C Program. This team delivers peer to peer activities at such places as the Extended Access Group, Harm Reduction Drop-In and Sexual Health Drop-In and hosts the annual World Hepatitis C Day events.

Visit the Hep-C Youth team on Facebook

Mirthful Minds

Mirthful Minds works in partnership with Children’s Mental Health Ontario and the New Mentality initiative. YSB Mirthful Minds works towards decreasing stigma associated with mental illness and brings a youth voice through collaborative conversation within the Ottawa community in hopes of creating and promoting healthier ways to support youth and their families around their mental health.

Join Mirthful Minds on Twitter!


Purple Sisters Youth Advisory

This group brings attention to the needs of young women in the community — such as help addressing abuse or inequalities in the workplace, legal and school systems. It makes sure that those needs are not overshadowed by more recent or better publicized issues.
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Join the Purple Sisters on Facebook and on Twitter!


Sexual Health Youth Advisory

This group promotes positive, open discussion about all things related to sex and sexuality. From relationships, flirting, and safe sex practices to how-to instruction — when it comes to sex, no topic is off limits.
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Join SHAG on Facebook


Spectrum LGBTQ Community Youth Group

Looking for a fun queer chat with people your age? Want to just hang out, eat some snack and meet new friends? Are interested in having some discussions about sexuality, identity, homophobia and your personal experience? YSB is proud to offer Spectrum, a weekly Tuesday evening program for LGBTQ youth in Ottawa!
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Join Spectrum on Facebook

Westend Youth Motivators

Westend Youth Motivators (WEYM) are a committee of youth from diverse cultural backgrounds, who are committed to making a difference within the Pinecrest Queensway area neighborhoods. Our focus is to identify issues related to youth by bringing awareness and advocacy to youth, service providers and other decision makers. WE-YM works in partnership with the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa, Pinecrest Queensway Community Health Centre, and Michele Heights Community Centre.

Join WEYM on Facebook


Zine & Videos: Mental Health in Newcomer Communities!

mindyourmind worked with a group in Ottawa of newcomer youth to co-create some resources with the intent of empowering youth to seek help, as well as provide some information to their parents around the issues they may be facing. They also created the narrative in the video for parents, telling them that it's ok to ask for help if you or your kids are experiencing a mental health problem.

Click here to read the zine & see the videos, in 6 languages!