Nova Scotia Youth Centre

Nova Scotia Youth Centre, located in Waterville, opened in 1988. The centre accommodates male and female young persons serving open or secure custody sentences as well as remanded young persons.

The centre consists of a main administration building and five cottages. Within each cottage are 2 self-contained, 12-bed living units. Each unit has a kitchen, laundry area, common living area and 12 individual bedrooms. The buildings are interconnected to form a circle around a large interior outdoor recreation area.

The centre follows a program-based philosophy, utilizing an integrated learning program model. The goal is to provide instruction and the opportunity to practice skills which may effectively change behaviour. Each young person develops a reintegration plan with the assistance of staff guidance and support.

Health and mental health services are provided by an on-site IWK Adolescent Forensic team.

Nova Scotia Youth Centre has partnered with the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board to operate an off-site education program in the community called Valley Integrated Youth Services and opened Halifax Integrated Youth Services.