Cindy Chen

Pronouns: she, her, hers.

Cindy first became involved with YouthCO in high school, has stayed with the organization ever since, and currently serves as the Board Chair. Coming from experiences working in biochemistry research and clinical research, Cindy is interested in health policy and medical ethics, and how different forms of oppression affect access to health care resources. Cindy is currently a law school student at UBC, and is passionate about exploring how law, health policy and social justice intersect. In her free time, Cindy can often be found trying new cafes in Vancouver, petting other people's dogs, or binge-watching food documentaries on Netflix.  

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!