Located in Sandy Hill, in Ottawa, Youville Centre is a non-profit, registered charity that serves adolescent mothers and their children. In addition to the services provided by MF McHugh, Youville’s trauma-informed, holistic programs and services include crisis intervention, intensive mental health therapy and treatment, addiction counselling, collaborative problem solving, a licensed child development program with a focus on infant mental health and attachment-based parenting programs with intervention and treatment.
The M.F. McHugh Education Centre provides English-language educational programming for students in the Ottawa-Carleton region who attend government-approved care and treatment programs. Learning at Youville Centre is creative, innovative, and hands-on. M.F. McHugh Education staff and Youville Centre staff use a multi-disciplinary and highly collaborative approach to program delivery. Staff work together to help our young moms achieve their academic goals by differentiating curriculum materials and teaching strategies that reflect the diverse learning needs of our students. Students entering Youville Centre meet with M.F. McHugh Education teachers to complete an Individual Pathways Plan (IPP) and to collaboratively discuss and develop their academic goals for the year. Further to this, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is designed for each of our students. The IEP identifies the student’s specific learning expectations and outlines how M.F. McHugh Education staff will address these expectations through appropriate accommodations, program modifications and/or alternative programs as well as specific instructional and assessment strategies. In order to focus on Social Emotional Learning, all students in our program have Alternative pages in their IEP which focus on Learning Skills.
The learning program provided for each student is modified on the basis of the results obtained through continuous assessment and evaluation. Cooperative education is available for students who wish to earn credits through work experience. Ministry-approved dual-credit programs are available to students who wish to earn high school credit while taking a college course; dual credit helps to prepare students for a successful transition to a college or an apprenticeship program. M.F. McHugh Education teachers focus on supporting our students in earning their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and helping them transition to post-secondary education or the world of work.
A full range of courses from the Ontario curriculum is offered, including:The Arts, Business, Canadian and World Studies, Information Technology, Dual Credit, English, Guidance and Career Education, History and Geography, Mathematics, Native Studies, Health and Physical Education, Science, Social Sciences and the Humanities (including Sociology, Anthropology and Psychology), Cooperative Education.
In addition to their regular academic programming, students are given opportunities throughout the year to work with a McHugh Itinerant Tech Teacher on a variety of projects to develop hands-on skill, and to create meaningful learning opportunities.
At the completion of their time with McHugh, students and staff are provided additional support from a McHugh Transitions Teacher, to ensure a safe and successful transition for those involved.
Referrals to this program are made through self-referral, where a student can contact the Centre directly.