Alternatives for Youth

Who we are

Mission StatementAlternatives for Youth empowers youth to make positive choices that minimize the harm of substance use or addiction and to be engaged in positive ways in their community.

Vision:  We envision a future where youth are not harmed by substance use or addiction and are engaged in positive ways within their community.

Values:  accessibility, inclusion, openness, empowerment and flexibility.

AY is committed to providing services without bias or judgment and an environment free from discrimination, harassment, and racism.  The Agency will not tolerate any expression of harassment or racial or ethno-cultural discrimination by anyone who works, participates or volunteers in any of its programs or services.

What do we do?

Alternatives for Youth (AY) provides substance use counselling services for children and youth ages 12 – 22 years, and those who care about them.  Our services include substance education, assessment, individual, group, and family counselling.

Who will benefit from AY SERVICES?

  • Youth experiencing difficulties related to their substance use
  • Youth experiencing social and emotional difficulties (Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, etc.), who are using substances to cope
  • Parents wanting substance information, consultation and/or support in helping their child with the risks related to substance use
  • Youth  who  are concerned about the substance use of a parent, guardian, or other family member
  • Pregnant or parenting youth who want information and support related to the negative impact of substance use on their children


AY is funded in part by the Local Health Integration Network. View our updated Service Accountability Agreement here


  • Looking for someone to listen to?
    Need to talk?

    Worried about someone's drug and alcohol use? Worried about your own?

    Call us today at


    Being responsive and flexible is important to us, so we will consider your needs to try to find a time that works for you.

Our Funders

Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network  United Way of Halton and Hamilton  Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services  The City of Hamilton
Our Partners

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board  Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board Catholic family Services of Hamilton  St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton  Street Youth Planning Collaborative

Main Office
38 James Street South, 2nd Floor
Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4W6
Phone: 905-527-4469
Fax: 905-527-8291

Monday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday and Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Pour des services en français, contactez
le Centre de santé Communautaire Hamilton/Niagara au (905) 528-0163 ou
le Ligne d’aide sur la drogue at l’alcool
au 1-800-565-8603.

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