Centre Éducatif / Day Treatment Program

The Centre Éducatif is a day treatment program for francophone teens (aged 12 to 15) whose behaviours and actions interfere with their academic success. Youth may demonstrate opposition, defiance, physical and/or verbal aggressiveness, have damaged property, or exhibited runaway behaviours.

Teachers create individualized learning plans based on the youth’s specific needs, while remaining within the guidelines of the Ontario curriculum. The centre’s program also includes a range of specialized counselling workshops to address issues such as:

  • Anger management
  • Stress management
  • Social skills
  • Self esteem
  • Problem solving

Our staff work with individuals, families and communities toward the common goal of helping youth get back into a regular academic environment. While length of stay depends on a teen’s needs and progress, youth typically stay involved in the day treatment program for 18 to 24 months.

How to access the program

This program is available by referral only to francophone youth residing in Ottawa and attending schools in Le Conseil des écoles catholiques de langue française du centre Est. School officials may submit referral requests to the Coordinated Access Committee of Ottawa. To be eligible, the youth must demonstrate a willingness to be actively involved in the change process.


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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