Youth Without Limits

The team at Youth Without Limits took the opportunity to fill us in about the great work they are doing at the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC, recipient of Vancouver’s Access and Inclusion award. Stacey Francis has been a strong advocate for youth living with cerebral palsy, and is now coordinating a peer program! Stacey graciously answered our questions about the group.

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Grandmothers Video

Here is a video we worked on with Cuystwi, a culturally-relevant suicide prevention program for Aboriginal youth.

For many of us, learning about and having a pride in our culture helps us to achieve our wellness.

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HIV Is Not A Crime Video

Tess Arguile, one of our YouthCO volunteers, created this short video based on our position statement opposing the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure. 

 

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Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week Video

Each year, World AIDS Day is a time to remember the history of our movement, recognize the many people who have helped to support those of us living with HIV, share information about prevention and testing, and support people living with HIV. This day also marks the beginning of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week.

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Talking about our HIV status

At YouthCO, peer support is our thing. We've been building awesome communities of youth who connect with each other since 1994, and we aren't about to stop now. Along with the HIV Disclosure Project, and the Canadian Positive People's Network, we are working to develop a workshop for youth living with HIV to talk about disclosing our HIV status.

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World Sexual Health Day

Today is World Sexual Health Day.

At YouthCO, We love that we get to do important work of talking to our peers about sex every day. Even better, we have these conversations in factual and honest ways that resist shame and stigma, colonizing ideas about sexual and gender identity, and assumptions that we are all heterosexual, cisgender, and HIV-negative. The goal of our work in sex education is to support our peers in getting the information we need to make decisions that are right for us. 

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YouthCO & Camp Moomba Unification

As many of you know, YouthCO has been working closely with Camp Moomba, as we share a mandate to support young people impacted by HIV. Over the past several years YouthCO staff and members have offered peer education and support at camp as we share a community of members, friends and supporters.  Since 1997, the Moomba Society has been focused on enhancing the lives of children and youth through the Camp Moomba summer program. The secondary focus of Moomba is to provide year-round programming for children impacted by HIV/AIDS. For 18 years, youth living with and affected by HIV have found community and gained adventure and leadership skills through attending camp.

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Romance & Tradition: Yúusnewas featured on CBC's New Fire program

New Fire, a CBC program, interviewed Jessica St. Jean about her work with YouthCO's Yúusnewas program as part of an episode on romance and tradition. 

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In Missouri and Canada, we believe HIV Is not a crime

We were disappointed to hear of yet another case of HIV-non-disclosure criminalization from Missouri this week where a young man was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Many people and organizations based in the United States are leading ongoing advocacy to oppose the criminalization of Michael Johnson. Media coverage in the United States has more details about this case.  

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Minister of Health announces expanded access to HPV vaccines for BC youth

YouthCO welcomes the recent announcement from The Honourable Health Minister Terry Lake that British Columbia will expand its free HPV vaccination program to include vulnerable boys and young men. We are excited to know that many of the youth we work with will soon be able to access HPV vaccinations as part of this expansion.

Today's announcement is an important step towards equitable access to HPV vaccinations for those of us who need them. 

YouthCO's Executive Director, Jesse, was in the studio at GlobalBC speaking about our reaction to the announcement that BC will expand access to the HPV vaccine to include vulnerable boys and men up to the age of 26.

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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!