Minds Matter

Everyone has mental health.

Some people struggle with their mental health and some people have great mental health.

The OGYF, NROCRC and Youth of Manotick have partnered to present Mind Matters: a program for youth in grades 7 – 12 to learn more about their mental wellbeing and ways to practice self care. Each week will feature a specific topic followed by self care activities.

Topics include: conflict resolution, body confidence and self esteem, stress and managing timelines, healthy relationships, substance use and mental health and mental health 101. Self-care activities will include forms of exercise, art and mindfulness activities.

Each youth that registers for this program will have supplies provided by NROCRC (Nepean Rideau Osgoode Community Resource Centre)

Commission Jeunesse

Composed of 26 teenagers and 3 elected municipal officials, the City of Gatineau Youth Commission’s mandate is to educate Gatineau’s teenagers about citizenship and to enable them to exercise their role as citizens. It also works with the municipal, community, institutional or corporate milieu to make room for young people to work together on issues affecting youth.

The Youth Commission is currently working with its internal and external partners to develop a Municipal Action Strategy and a three-year action plan as a result of the Youth Summit held in December 2019. In this consultation, the mental health of teens emerged as an important issue that needed to be addressed. At that time, we were not aware of COVID-19 at the time.

The negative effects of COVID-19 on youth and now the curfew are creating pressure to take action now to help youth maintain mental wellness.

The Youth Commission came up with the idea to host a series of live and exclusive virtual shows featuring comedians or public and sports personalities chosen by young people. The objective of the project is to entertain young people while bringing about a reflection on mental health by proposing tips and trick to help each student with self-care. Each video is in fact a small solution.

The first live show started February 10, 2021 and will run weekly on Wednesdays at 7:30pm until April. All students in Gatineau will receive a link to these shows through their school.

Watch Again: Etienne Boulay

Watch Again: Catherine Paquin

Watch Again: Steve Veilleux

Watch Again: Mélanie Ghanimé

Watch Again: Koriass

Watch Again: Les 2 Frères

Watch Again: Khate Lessard

Watch Again: Sarah Jeanne Labrosse

Watch Again: David Goudreault

Watch Again: Pier-Luc Funk

Watch April 28 @ 7:30 p.m. – Marie Mai

Project s.t.e.p.

Project step is Ottawa’s award-winning community response to address the need for support, treatment, education and prevention of youth addictions. The OGYF pledged a $1 million gift to this initiative in 2008 and will have invested $1.3 million by Dec. 2020. Project step partners deliver addictions counselling, prevention education, and family support in 57 publicly funded high schools and three community-based schools at Operation Come Home, Youville Centre, Wabano Aboriginal Health Centre, as well as residential treatment at two centres – one in each official language.

“While many people in Ottawa are thriving, some children and youth in our city face a different reality: homelessness, mental health and addictions challenges and low graduation rates are issues that no child should experience, but many in Ottawa do. These issues demand collaboration, long-term commitment and smart, measured investments – and that is the sort of valuable partnership we find with the Foundation.”


President and CEO, United Way Eastern Ontario

Youth Hub

On November 11, 2019 we welcomed the first group of youth into the Youth Services Bureau’s (YSB) Youth Housing Hub at 2887 Riverside Drive. Along with 39 beautiful new studio and two-bedroom apartments, the building offers a Youth Hub to once-homeless young people. This space was made possible by the OGYF and its partnership with Bell Let’s Talk, DIFD, and the Danbe Foundation.

The Youth Hub is on the main floor of the building and offers a complete range of support services in a variety of areas including mental health, substance abuse, housing, employment, education, primary care and peer navigation. This comprehensive, wrap-around programming is required to stabilize and support young people as they transition into adulthood. Programming is proved by YSB, the Royal Ottawa Hospital, South East Ottawa Community Health Centre, and the Canadian Mental Health Association Ottawa Branch.

“We know that youth homelessness is complex and, without intervention, can lead to lifelong homelessness. This building represents so much more than a safe home, it will also offer youth programs and services – through the main floor Youth Hub – to help them prepare for an independent adulthood. We’re grateful for our Youth Hub partners – the Foundation, Bell Let’s Talk and the Danbe Foundation – who will help make our services available to youth onsite and in the community.”


Executive Director, Youth Services Bureau