YouthCO December Newsletter

Dear YouthCO Members,

Happy December! We've had a very busy couple of weeks at YouthCO putting on our World AIDS Day event, which was a huge success. Our annual Member Appreciation party is coming up soon and we're having a meeting with new (and existing) YouthCO Members to map out ideas for the new year! 

1. News

World AIDS Day

The event was awesome and people definitely looooved their karaoke! We're so grateful to have had so much support from our community and to have had Tiko Kerr as our guest speaker. Thank you again to all our donors and volunteers! We've saved the art the guests created together and will put it up in the office for everyone to enjoy. Pictures are available on our Facebook page.

Do you know youth who should be recognized for their efforts in queer issues? Every year the Vancouver Pride Society organizes an Awards ceremony where they recognize 8 individuals who create positive change in the Greater Vancouver area in LGBTQ+ issues. One of the awards categories is: Purple for Spirit and Youth. Please spread the word to recognize deserving youth, or nominate an outstanding individual yourself.

To nominate a community member, simply email with some basic information. 

Include the nomination category in the subject of your e-mail. (Youth)
Tell us who you are nominating in the email, with a phone number or email we can reach the nominee at.

Learn more at: 

Deadline is January 31st, 2014


2. Upcoming Events

YouthCO's Member Appreciation Party: December 16 6pm

The Mpowerment Boys are helping put together a small social on December 16th for the members and volunteers of YouthCO. A way to say thanks before the holiday season, we'll have some snacks, complimentary wine (with ID), a door prize and FUN :)

YouthCO Member Brainstorm Evening: December 15 6pm - 7:30pm

YouthCO is a space for youth-driven ideas and leadership-- it's YOUR space, so we want to hear your ideas about what you want to do at YouthCO. Get ready to meet other fantastic new members gearing up to do awesome things and come prepared for some serious brainstorming! We can discuss any training/ workshops we want to have, events we want to put on, campaigns we want to run, and anything else we can think of.

Please RSVP so we know you're coming. (And email to advise of any food allergies!)

Have a wonderful winter season, YouthCO Members. Look out for the next newsletter in 2015 ;)

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YouthCO November Newsletter

Dear YouthCO Members, 

Hope your week has gotten off to a great start. Yúusnewas is busy doing workshops in Lax Kwalaams around Fort Simpson and Peer Education has lots of high school workshops happening around Vancouver! 

In this mini-edition of the newsletter we have a couple of updates about the next Facilitation Training, our World AIDS Day event (mark your calendars!) and... we are hiring! 

What's completely awesome is that today we didn't have to swim to work looking like this:

Facilitation Training
RSVP on our website
Come join us for a day of facilitation training on November 15th! This is intended for our members who are interested in facilitating any of our workshops. 

We'll learn about:

  • facilitator responsibilities
  • creating safety in a group
  • facilitating for sexual health and harm reduction education
  • addressing our facili-nightmares

It runs from 9:30am - 5:00pm in the YouthCO Main Space. Please make sure to let us know of any dietary restrictions by emailing

World AIDS Day with YouthCO

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! On the evening of Monday December 1st, YouthCO is planning a terrific event.
Keep your eyes peeled for more information coming soon...

YouthCO is HIRING!!!

We are searching for a Program Director to join our team!

Have a look at the complete posting on Charity Village and please share widely. 

We strongly encourage youth under the age of 29, youth living with HIV or Hep C, youth from First Nations/Aboriginal communities; youth from newcomer and immigrant communities; youth of colour, LGB, Queer, and Transgender youth; youth living with disabilities and members of other underrepresented communities to apply.

That's all for now,everyone! 

To close, here are some of the pumpkins carved at Mpowerment's Halloween event...
Enjoy your week :)

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YouthCO October Newsletter

Hi YouthCO Members!

Fall is here and we're really looking forward to everything that's going on around the city (as well as the occasional Pumpkin Spice Latte).

Catch us at Kwantlen's SEXPO next week, and at UBC's Health Fair later in October. We've got a fun Mpowerment Thanksgiving potluck happening this Saturday so come on down and bring your friends. And, speaking of Thanksgiving, we'd like to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who's been involved with YouthCO over the years. We are so grateful for all our amazing members, donors, and allies who make our work possible. 


Core Training Success!
We had a fantastic Core Training weekend at the end of September and are super stoked about all of the new YouthCO members. Thank you for coming out to the training to learn about HIV, HepC, Harm Reduction and our approaches at YouthCO. The next one is coming up in January so keep your eyes peeled if you or anyone you know is interested! 

HIV Education for Aboriginal Youth

Our fantastic Yúusnewas Program Manager, Jessica, has been featured in an article published in the NorthShore News. Have a read! 

October is Queer History Month!

There have been so many LGBT+ advocates around HIV, safer sex, human rights and fairer laws. This is a great website to learn a little bit about some of the people who laid the groundwork and pushed for so many of the rights we have today.


Mpowerment Thanksgiving Potluck Party

Alone this thanksgiving? No problem! Dine with the Mpowerment family this season and have some food while you socialize and make new friends! Food and refreshments will be provided, but feel free to bring a dish or two. 

At YouthCO Headquarters: 568 Seymour Street on Saturday October 11 from 4pm-7pm. Check out the Facebook event for more information.

Kwantlen SEXPO

Visit the Surrey campus on October 15th! YouthCO will have a booth from 10-5. The Kwantlen Sexpo is an event created by the Kwantlen Student Association. Its focus is to provide information and education on all aspects of sexuality. The overall event focus is on body positivity and viewing sex in a positive fashion. 

UBC 6th Annual Allies in Health Fair

Allies in Health Community & Patient Fair, happening Wednesday, October 29th 2014 from 10:30am-3:00pm at the UBC Life Sciences Centre. YouthCO will be there, drop by and say hello! There will be a ton of great speakers and booths.

Jer's Vision 10th Anniversary Reception

October 23rd, 6:30-9pm @ Columbia College. Check out the poster for more details. 

Entering into their tenth year working across Canada and in the Vancouver Community, Jer's Vision would like to bring together all of their supporters, sponsors and friends for a wonderful evening of celebration! RSVP to 


BCCLA Is Hiring: 
The BC Civil Liberties Association is hiring a Communications and Outreach Coordinator as well as a Donor Relations CoordinatorApplications are due by 5:00pm on Friday, October 24, 2014.

BCCLA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, political belief, age, gender identity, sexual orientation or class. Racially marginalized persons and Indigenous people strongly encouraged to apply.

C'est tout! 

As always, if you have absolutely anything you would like us to share with other members, send it along to

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YouthCO September Newsletter

Hey YouthCO Members!

Hope you're enjoying the beginning of September and all that it brings.

Although it was a little sad to pack up the colourful summer outreach supplies we are excited to head into fall! We're looking forward to getting back into awesome workshops, continuing YouthCO programs, and drinking warm beverages!

1. News

YouthCO Article in the FNHA's "Spirit"

The First Nations Health Authority published an article by Jessica St. Jean, our Yúusnewas Program Manager, about our programming in their youth issue this summer! Have a look.


2. Upcoming Events


Is the end of AIDS really possible? Join the discussion! Stephen Lewis, former United Nations Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS, is coming to the Vogue Theatre on September 16. Tickets reserved when we advertised this in May are STILL VALID :) Some YouthCO staff will be there and we'd love for you to join us.

Some ticket spots may still open up

Mpowerment: NERDTASTIC 2.0 

It's that time of year again, Nerdtastic 2.0! Come dressed in your best neon + nerd outfit, have a few drinks, dance the night away, and meet some awesome people! All are welcomed to join :)

Cover: $5
Coat Check: $2 donation
19+ Cash Bar


Presenting our Annual HIV and Hep C Leadership Training! Our next core training is happening on September 27th and 28th. This is mandatory (and fun) training for anyone who wants to be involved with YouthCO. The training is also open to students and anyone who wants to learn more about HIV & Hep C.

Please RSVP on our website: 

3. Jobs and Opportunities

Leadership Opportunity: C.A.L.L. Out! Youth Advisory Committee

An opportunity for youth 15-24 to get involved in building safer communities across BC for LGBT2Q+ youth with the C.A.L.L. Out! Project. Check out the poster

Next Up now Accepting Applications

Applications are now open for Next Up, a leadership program for young people committed to social and environmental justice.  Next Up was created by a community of people who wanted to help emerging leaders (that’s you!) develop new and better skills, smarts and ideas. Submit your application! Deadline September 19, 2014   


That's all folks!  

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Until next time, 



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YouthCO August Newsletter

Hey YouthCO Members,

Here's a short and sweet post-Pride newsletter :) We hope everyone enjoyed themselves this weekend and had an amazing time in the sun!

Annual General Meeting & Picnic
First, our AGM is coming up this Thursday on August 7th at 6pm and we would love to see your smiling faces. There's a Member Appreciation Picnic afterwards which is guaranteed to be a lot of fun, games, and PRIZES.

Please RSVP for the AGM and Picnic on the Facebook event here

1. News

YouthCO Scholarships!

YouthCO is excited to let you know that we are able to continue our scholarship program for the upcoming school year. Awards between $500 and $2000 are available for HIV positive youth 21 and younger who are living in British Columbia.

Information and application forms are available online at . We really appreciate your help in spreading the word about this unique opportunity.  

Please don’t hesitate to email Claire at  with any questions or for help with an application.


Thanks to everyone who helped out at the YouthCO booth at Pride on Sunday! It went awesomely and we all looked fabulous. 

2. Upcoming Events

New West Pride

The biggest Pride event to happen in New West is on August 16th. The main street party will be on Columbia Street with entertainment, food, vendors and 3 patios extended onto the street. Have a look at the website for more events and information! 

Vancouver Queer Film Festival

YouthCO is a community partner again this year for the QFF. We'll be tabling outside "The Dog" on August 23rd. Check out all the other amazing films that will be shown:

If you as a YouthCO member would like tickets to The Dog or Test, email Navi at 

We also need a couple of volunteers to table outside "The Dog". You'll get free entry to the film and talk to people about YouthCO beforehand. Get in touch with Navi, too!

That's all for August, folks!

As always, if you have anything to include in the newsletter just send an email to


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YouthCO Annual General Meeting

Notice of Annual General Meeting and Member Appreciation Event

Dear YouthCO Members,

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on August 7th, 2014, followed by a YouthCO Member Appreciation Picnic.

Please arrive at David Lam Park at 6pm for the AGM. The picnic will be at 7pm.

This is an opportunity to learn in depth what we were up to in 2013/2014 and hear where we are headed. You will also be able to meet our board of directors, elect new members, and ask any questions you might have about the organization.

We look forward to seeing you on August 7th!




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HIV Is Not A Crime Position Paper


In 2014, YouthCO's staff, members and Board adopted a position paper formally opposing the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure. The position paper is available below.

As an organization focused on peer education and support around HIV and Hep C, YouthCO is strongly opposed to HIV criminalization. We call on Canada’s justice system to make evidence-based decisions around HIV and join us in working towards eliminating fear and stigma and supporting those living with HIV. The court must uphold the ideals of equality, human rights protection, nondiscrimination, and social justice in and change the current HIV criminalization law to reflect current scientific evidence.

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May Newsletter

Hey All,

Hope you're as excited as we are about Core Training on May 3rd and May 4th (cue cheesy Star Wars joke). We're looking forward to a whole bunch of new YouthCO members ready to help out this summer and beyond. 

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April Newsletter

Happy April, YouthCO Members :)

We can practically smell summer around the corner with the past little bit of sun. Hope you caught some rays this weekend... safely, of course #sunscreen #harmreduction. 

Here is our newest newsletter with awesome award-winners, cool conferences, job opportunities with Pride, and opportunities to volunteer with YouthCO!

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Know On the Go Program Report

Read more about Know on the Go, a mobile sexual health and HIV testing clinic, we operated in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health’s (VCH) STOP HIV/AIDS (STOP) from July 2012 to August 2013. 

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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!