Youth Health Clinic

Street-involved youth have complex health needs, but getting the health services they need isn’t always easy. At the Youth Health Clinic, youth can meet with a nurse practitioner and be treated for most minor injuries, ailments or health concerns, or be referred to other medical professionals. The clinic provides young people, ages 16-24, with a convenient and youth-friendly place to get medical treatment, an alternative to emergency room visits. Preventative dental services, such as teeth cleanings, are also offered free of charge.

How to access the program

The Youth Health Clinic operates out of the Downtown Services and Drop-in at 147 Besserer St. The Youth Health Clinic is a walk-in clinic and appointments are first come, first served. A health card is not required

Street-involved youth who require more than basic health care, can connect with a social worker/counsellor. Access to this service is through the Clinic Receptionist or the Nurse Practitioner.

Nurse Practitioner: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 12:30-4:30 p.m. Last appointment at 4:00 p.m.

Sexual Health Clinic: Thursdays 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Preventative Dental Care: Fridays 12:30 to 5 p.m. (most Fridays, with a spring and end of summer break)

Phone: 613-241-7913 ext. 222

Text: 613-808-4454

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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