We're Here For Youth

Only you have the power to shape your future, but YSB is here to give you the information, opportunities and support you need to make the right choices for yourself, in all areas of your life. Check out some of the activities and services available to you — if you choose to take advantage of them.

Youth Events

Downtown Services Drop-In: Activities

Extended Access Drop-in, for ages 21- 24, Mondays, 4 – 6 p.m.
Concurrent disorder group, with CMHA, Active Treatment – Tuesdays, 1 – 3 p.m.

The Circle, in partnership with Wabano and Minwaashin Lodge – for youth who are Indigenous or who want to know more about Indigenous cultures. Wednesdays, 5 – 7 p.m.

Concurrent disorder group, with CMHA.: Youth Persuasion. Open group. Any youth who would like information to stop consuming drugs and/or alcohol – Fridays, 1 – 3 p.m.

Women’s Drop-in at the Downtown Drop-in
A safe space for ALL youth between the ages of 16-24 inclusive and identifies as young women and trans-women, gender neutral and gender queer!
Every Thursday from 6 – 8 p.m. @ 147 Besserer St.

Spectrum LGBTQ+ Community Youth Group
Spectrum is an LGBTQ+ community youth group (ages 12-25)
Every Tuesday 6 – 8 p.m. @ 147 Besserer St.

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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.

Milo*

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