A New Chapter at YouthCO

A big change is coming to YouthCO this summer! We’ll be saying goodbye to Jesse Brown, our Executive Director. Jesse has been an important part of the YouthCO team for eight years, which means he’s been around for more than a third of our history! 

Jesse was originally drawn to YouthCO because of our values and, over the years, has demonstrated a deep commitment to youth leadership. This is one of the reasons Jesse has decided to step down; he’s turning 30 this August, and wants to make space for the next generation of leaders.

Jesse’s last official day at YouthCO will be July 25, but he’s planning to stick around as an alumni and continue supporting our work. Jesse will be continuing his graduate studies in September, and we’re looking forward to seeing what exciting things he gets up to!

On Jesse’s tenure, YouthCO Board Chair, Blake Stitilis, reflects "Jesse has led many positive changes at YouthCO, including recently welcoming Camp Moomba as a program, developing strong relationships with funding partners, and ensuring that YouthCO offers innovative, inclusive, and anti-oppressive programming for the benefit of youth in BC.  Please join me in thanking Jesse for all his contributions."

Our Board of Directors is working hard to find a new Executive Director who can fill Jesse’s shoes. The job posting is now on our website, and we’ll be accepting applications until May 18. We’re going to miss Jesse (and his extremely cute dachshund puppy named Jimmy) but we’re also excited about this opportunity to welcome a new member to our team!

We’re grateful Jesse will still be involved at YouthCO in the coming months, and help to foster a smooth transition to the leadership of our next Executive Director.

If you’d like to get in touch with us, please do so! Email us at info@youthco.org, call the office at 604-688-1441, or connect with us on social media.

YouthCO's office is located on the unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh people. Our programs take place on unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of many Indigenous nations across what is now called BC.

YouthCO believes that all youth have the right to accessible and affirming information about our health. We also know each of us has a unique relationship to our bodies, sex, sexuality, substance use, and harm reduction. For many of us, the words other people use for our bodies and their functions are not the words we use for ourselves. Throughout our website, YouthCO uses words for bodies and sex that we know will not reflect the full diversity of our communities. We have tried to, where possible, be as expansive with our language as we know how to while being as specific as possible. As youth leading the HIV movement, we too are learning about the best words for our experiences and do not do this perfectly. We invite any feedback about the language used on our website to help us move forward in the best ways for all youth in our communities!