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 

CLICK HERE for the application form!

May 25, 2017 at 12pm - May 28, 2017
Eastern Ontario
Ahmed Habre · · 6046881441

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!