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the wellbeing and safety of youth in Ottawa

“I recently realized I can no longer argue that I am a youth, so I decided I wanted to do something to invest in future generations! Some people have the luxury of viewing the problems that YSB tackles as concepts that may not directly impact them. Organizations like YSB are vital and they need our support year round. Setting up a monthly donation was a very low effort way to do my part.”
                                                                                                                                                                              Jesse, YSB monthly supporter

Your monthly gift helps to provide sustainable and predictable support to YSB programs, ensuring that youth in need get help when they need it.

Join the YSB donor family by becoming a monthly supporter. You’ll make a profound impact in the lives of vulnerable young men and women each and every day.

* Monthly donations are tax deductible and can be changed or cancelled at any time by contacting us at: 613-729-1000 or at Please note a consolidated tax receipt will be mailed/emailed to you in January.

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Milo's Story

Every year when I was little, I’d think “this will be the year that everything will be okay”. And every year, I’d be crushed. By the time I was 18 I couldn’t take my dad’s drinking or my mom’s crying anymore, so I packed a knapsack with the warmest clothes I had and I left. It was freezing cold, and I was alone…but I was free.

The next few months were rough and at times very scary. I spent nights in parks, doorways and even under bridges all with just an old sleeping bag a friend had given me. One night it was so cold that I walked until the sun came up, afraid that I would freeze to death if I slept.

It took me awhile to get over the embarrassment to start asking people for money. But, it was swallow my pride or stay cold and hungry. After two weeks of doing this I learned about YSB. I didn’t know it then but, in that moment, my life changed for the better. I got connected to YSB’s Young Men’s Emergency Shelter and my first night in the shelter I slept 11 hours. I felt so safe and secure. I remember that moment clearly and I felt so hopeful I now have my own apartment in one of YSB’s long-term housing buildings, am attending college to become a graphic designer, and am working part-time to support myself.

“For the first time I can remember, I’m really excited about my future. Growing up I just thought about getting by one day at a time.” I hope my story conveys just how life changing it was for me to be able to access YSB’s shelter during a really difficult time in my life. The team at YSB supported me every step of the way, and I’m grateful they were by my side. I hope you’ll consider taking the opportunity to transform the life of another young person like me today.


*While Milo’s story is real his name has been changed to protect his privacy