Initiated by the Outreach Committee of Port Nelson United Church, a youth program was developed in the 1970s to address problematic adolescent behaviours. Through this program, support was provided to youth and families who experienced behaviour problems.
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.