Our 2016 Annual Report

We're so excited to share our 2016 annual report! Between April 2015 and March 2016, we had so many opportunities to connect with youth throughout British Columbia in the spirit of peer support and peer education. The incredible staff and volunteers behind our six programs worked together to foster HIV and Hep C leadership among indigenous youth, young gay, bisexual, and queer men, youth living with HIV, and youth in schools and communities throughout the Lower Mainland.  

Our full annual report shows some of the key ways we put our values into action last year, and some of our key successes! For example, funding for our Yúusnewas program nearly doubled, meaning we were able to visit 16 communities throughout the province. We also introduced a new short video, HIV is not a crime, and indigenous youth produced two short films, one of which was featured at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

We see the impact of our programs every day at YouthCO, and we are proud of what we do. This report (available below) is just a snapshot of all the ways we work towards reducing the impacts of HIV and Hep C stigma in British Columbia. We look forward to connecting with you as we build on 22 years of peer education and peer support!

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!