Phoenix House for Youth Inc., located in Ottawa, ON, is a residential facility for adolescent males, ages 12 to 17, who have been sentenced to open custody or detention through the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
One M.F. McHugh teacher provides educational programming for up to eight students while they are in open custody. Students may be placed in detention pending sentencing, while others may be completing their sentence. The length of stay can vary from a couple of days to years.
Students come to us from a variety of lived experiences. This population has a range of cognitive profiles, identified learning exceptionalities and diagnoses. For example, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, verbal and nonverbal learning disabilities. Many also experience mental health issues including affective disorders.
While in our custody programs, students work to achieve curriculum learning expectations set out by Ontario’s Ministry of Education. We support various pathways including apprenticeship, college, community living, university, and workplace.
All students have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) which is developed collaboratively by the classroom teacher and student, in consultation with a primary child and youth worker and parent/guardian if a student is under 18.
All classrooms are staffed with a McHugh Teacher and a minimum of one Child and Youth Worker. There is an emphasis on creating safe and secure learning environments to foster student wellbeing and achievement.
Referrals to this program are made through the judicial system.