About Our Programs

Our programs run on an engagement model with a strong focus on community building, empowerment and inclusivity.  We work in youth communities most affected by HIV and Hep C, and integrate advocacy, support, prevention and skills-building into all of our activities.  

Within each of these programs youth have access to:

  • Advocacy and referrals to other social services
  • One-on-one mentorship and support
  • Empowering and meaningful volunteer opportunities
  • A safe space to hang out and meet other young people like themselves
  • Fun, inclusive and accessible social events
  • Sexual health services (including testing and referrals)
  • Harm reduction information and supplies
  • Groceries and meals

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!