YouthCO was founded in 1994 by a group of youth! Today, YouthCO continues to be peer-led agency working to reduce the impact of stigma related to HIV and Hep C. We are an organization of young leaders who work to affect meaningful change through peer support, education and community engagement. We strive to foster inclusive communities where youth empower youth.
All of our work is connected to our mission, and informed by our six values and four approaches. We are always looking to grow in the ways we integrate these values and approaches into our work culture, programs, and participant experience. During our Core Training program for staff and volunteers, we have the chance to explore these values and approaches together.
YouthCO's mission is to reduce the impact of HIV and Hep C stigma on youth in British Columbia.
- Cháchsaý, a Squamish word meaning generosity (introduced September 2016)
- Shared Leadership
- Peer Education & Support
- Harm Reduction
- Community Engagement
Our accessibility audit from Radical Access Mapping Project was completed in 2011, and is available here. At this time, our physically accessible washroom is out of service. We are actively seeking funds to resolve this barrier.
To learn more about YouthCO's history, watch this video produced as part of AIDS Vancouver 30th anniversary!
See our Staff and Board Bios below!