I have been in trouble with the law

YSB’s Youth Justice Programs all work to help youth in conflict with the law make a positive transition back into the community. We offer the residences, education, training, counselling and support services to help youth accept responsibility for past actions and make plans for the future.

In addition to a Youth Mental Health Court Worker and the One on One Anger Management Program, YSB provides a range of services that can help youth in conflict with the law make positive changes.

Youth Justice programs are offered to male youth in the justice system only by referral.

Youth Shelter Program

Youth exiting the Youth Justice System sometimes enter the YSB shelter program. The Housing Services and Trusteeship program can help you find and maintain safe and appropriate housing, whether it be immediate access to emergency shelters or longer-term solutions.

Phone: 613-241-7913 ext. 331

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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