Sherwood Youth Centre

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:

  • 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.


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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