The Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre (DSYTC) is a non-profit, community-based agency that is dedicated to helping youth (aged 13-21) and families across Ontario overcome substance use and related issues. DSYTC programs and services include: comprehensive assessment, residential treatment, academic programming, pro-social recreation, psychiatric support, nurse practitioner primary care, post-residential continuing care and family services.
Our mission is to provide youth and families in need with integrated, evidence-based addiction and mental health treatment, delivered by competent professionals within a caring and compassionate environment. Our vision: Healthy, resilient youth and families who have hope and life skills for creating a positive future.
At a glance
Year founded: 1993
Geographic region of focus: Ottawa and broader Champlain region and provincial resource for all of Ontario
Total revenue for last fiscal year: $3,388,180
Top funding sources:
- Government: 96.5%
- Corporate: 2%
- Individual: 1.5%
How you can help
Our critical funding needs fall into two main categories: capital and operational. Our capital requirements pertain to our ongoing campaign to build a new 30-bed treatment facility and merge our current and aging facilities into a single-campus model. Doing so would increase access to much-needed treatment, reduce wait times and provide sustainable long-term infrastructure for our health sector. Operational funding needs include resources that support day-to-day programming such as recreation/sports equipment, art supplies, smoking cessation medication, staff training, IT equipment (e.g., laptops) and scholarship funds for graduating students.
Given our vulnerable population and the sensitive issues they are dealing with, we must restrict ourselves to the recruitment, selection and incorporation of volunteers who bring specific skills to help meet client needs (as opposed to those who have a general interest in helping). Examples of current or past volunteers include: yoga/fitness instructors, financial management coaches, career counsellors, hair stylists, photography teachers, support animal guides, grounds maintenance, and educational tutors. All interested parties are welcome to call or email the centre to discuss volunteer needs and potential fit.
Events and fundraising
Wild Wild West
Wild Wild West was a western-themed evening that brought donors, staff, board members and volunteers together to raise awareness about youth addiction. All proceeds from ticket sales as well as silent and live auctions went towards the construction of our new youth treatment facility.
Drop The Shame Golf Tournament
The Drop The Shame Golf Tournament was founded by one of our graduated clients and his mother. Sharing one like-minded goal, they created this annual tournament to drop the shame around addiction and mental health. All funds go towards building a new youth treatment facility.
Lives in the Balance
Lives in the Balance is a fundraising campaign to support the construction of an all-new, 30-bed youth treatment facility in Ottawa. Current facilities are inefficient and costly to operate. The new facility would provide a home-like atmosphere for youth and their families, enhance operational efficiency, expand treatment capacity and reduce wait times to access life-saving treatment.
Board members and executives
Founder and Honorary Chair*
Dr. Mary Brown
*Part of the Executive Committee