For many youth at risk, being faced with a charge and an unfamiliar legal system is a turning point that can lead either to greater risk or to an opportunity to make positive changes. YSB supports male youth (aged 12 to 17) in the justice system. Together with several community partners, we offer innovative programs and counselling to promote positive behavioural change.
Like the William E. Hay Centre, the Sherwood Youth Centre serves youth in pre- and post‑trial detention. This 7‑bed centre, however, serves youth who are in open — rather than secure — custody.
The Sherwood Youth Centre also provides a series of educational options and life skills training that give youth the knowledge and practical skills they need in everyday life. In addition to the mandatory McHugh School Program (Section 23), the centre offers the following life skills programs:
- Young Men’s Work
- Young Men’s Parenting
- Alcoholic’s Anonymous / Narcotics Anonymous
- Courage Program
- Drumming Program
- Social Skills and Arts Program
- Faith Program
- Anger Management
- Cognitive Self-Change
- Cognitive-based Life Skills Program
Together, these educational and training programs help give male youth in the justice system the incentive they need to get their lives back on track.
How to access the program
This program is offered to male youth in the justice system only by referral. Representatives from the courts, Probation Services, or other Youth Justice organizations may direct their questions to the program contact at the telephone number and email address below.