The CONNEXIONS+ team decided to postpone this retreat until the late summer/early fall so that more youth can attend! Stay tuned for the new date, or email us to be added to email updates about this program.
CONNEXIONS+ is a project dreamed up of in 2015 and made into reality in 2017 by Youth living with HIV since childhood for other Youth. Youth missed Camp Moomba and the chance to connect with other youth from across Canada with shared experiences when they turned 18 and older. So this project aims to develop and pilot a camp-based program with Youth that: promote Youth’s wellbeing and engagement in HIV care; Explores the experiences of peer support, empowerment, resilience, and adulthood among Youth; and Mobilize knowledge on the needs, realities, and opportunities to strengthen resilience of Youth.
What does this look like? It is a 3 night, 4-day camp-like totally free retreat on a farm outside of Ottawa. There will be shared accommodation (sharing rooms), food and transportation and a small honorarium provided. There will be fun group activities. We will ask you to fill out a quick survey before and after the retreat, and 3 months later. We will also ask you to take part in a short (half-hour interview) during the retreat and 3 months later. After the retreat, you will have the choice to a) use peer support with a youth mentor you will meet at the retreat for 3 months (this is optional, up to you) and b) to participate in community knowledge sharing events with the research team, such as making short videos or arts-pieces to share your experiences.
Applications being accepted until May 3rd on the event Facebook page, CONNEXIONS+ Youth Rertreat, the YouthCO Facebook page, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.