About us

Who and What is Nelson Youth Centres

Nelson Youth Centres is an accredited children’s mental health centre that provides group based treatment programs for Halton’s children and youth and their families. Our services target children who are experiencing moderate to severe emotional, social, behavioural or learning problems, which result in difficulties at home, school and the community.

We provide therapeutic services to strengthen the abilities of children, youth and parents experiencing difficulties. We focus on helping children and youth acquire skills and resources to realize their full potential.

Nelson Youth Centres contributes to the health and wellness of our community by strengthening families and enabling the emotional and social well being of children and youth.

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Help Support the Youth!

Nelson Youth Centres receives two thirds of its funding from the Provincial Government, Municipal Government and the United Ways of Hamilton/Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills. That means we need to raise more than $100,000 from the local community so we can continue to provide these vital services to the children and families in our community.

Our History

The beginning of Nelson Youth Centres

Initiated by the Outreach Committee of Port Nelson United Church, a youth program was developed in the 1970s to address problematic adolescent behaviours. Together with Ron Coupland of the Halton Children’s Aid Society, Judge James Fuller of Halton Family Court, Burlington Regional Councillor David Coon, and others in the community, a project was designated to teach youth responsible behaviour, and to provide individual and group counselling.

Nelson Youth Centres  opened in 1978 to meet the needs of youth in Halton. It is located in a renovated farmhouse owned by the City of Burlington. Since its inception, the Nelson Youth Centres has grown in response to the needs of its community.

Today, The Centre is an accredited children’s mental health centre that provides a rich array of therapeutic group programs for children and youth and parent support services to support the emotional and social well being of children and youth while strengthening families in the community.

Our Programs

Nelson Youth Centres offers a variety of different programs

Therapeutic Programs

Our therapeutic programs are designed to provide a learning environment where social skills, problem solving, and building self esteem are addressed.

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Reconnecting Youth

In the heart of the French Alps, in the north east of the Rhone Alps region lies the village of Les Houches. Nestled at one end of the.

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Half-Day Intensive

Community-based program focusing on self-esteem, developing social/emotional skills, and healthy lifestyle choices.

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Saturday Social Skills

To develop age appropriate friendships, clear communication, and problem solving strategies in a safe, nurturing environment for children with Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD).

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Check out our partners!

Our programs are supported by our partners who provide their time and resources. Working
together, we help to create a stronger community in Halton. Check them out!

Our Blog

Check out our blog posts!

18 Jul

Reach For It Program – NYC

One of the great things about my job here at Nelson is that I get to wear many hats from Intake...
21 Jun

Nelson Youth Centres 2016 Chairman’s Report

This has been a year of great change with many of crucial things coming together! Last year...
21 Jun

How to help children cope with holiday stress

The holidays may seem like a carefree time for children but can be quite stressful. Children can...
15 Jun

2016 Summer Program Recap

Nelson Youth Centres finished another great summer with annual Therapeutic Summer Camp. For the...

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