Core Training for Black People, Indigenous People & People of Colour

This event is located on the traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ people, and at Core Training, we'll be learning more about Indigenous people and the Indigenous-led work that happens at YouthCO!

Black youth, Indigenous youth and youth of colour are invited to our weekend-long Core Training! This training will be happening on September 23 and 24 from 9:30am-5:00pm! Those of us who are Black, indigenous, people of colour experience oppression in the forms of racism and settler colonialism, and maybe others. Aligning with our value of anti-oppression, this training session is an effort to create safer spaces for those of us in these communities.


RSVP below to reserve your spot for this great weekend! Once you RSVP, you will get a confirmation email, and we will also send a reminder in the week before Core Training. 

At Core Training, we'll spend the weekend learning all about YouthCO, our values and programs, and how to get involved! Core Training includes our nationally-recognized training on HIV and Hep C, with a focus on challenging stigma and YouthCO's values. Explore the intersections between HIV and other issues like colonization, oppression, and criminalization. Gain practical skills around safer sex and harm reduction. 

YouthCO is committed to making our programs as inclusive and supportive as possible of all youth who are interested in attending. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make Core Training more accessible for you, and we will do what we can to make that possible. Unfortunately, we aren't always able to provide ASL interpretation. However, we have committed to providing one Core Training with ASL interpretation per year. ASL interpretation was provided during our June Core Training. Stay tuned for information about our upcoming program and please let us know if you want to learn more about it!

Breakfast, snacks, and lunch are provided, so let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Sarah at 

This is the first time we are offering Core Training specifically for Black youth, Indigenous youth and youth of colour, and we're really excited to be creating this space! This Core Training will be facilitated by people of colour and Indigenous youth on the YouthCO staff team. For folks who are not Black, Indigenous, or people of colour, stay tuned for information about our next Core Training in early 2018 by signing up on the website!


September 23, 2017 at 9:30am - 5pm
Avery S Narges Karami Christina Zhang Jess Xie Milad Moradi Monfared Ruben G Aidan Ablona

Will you come?

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!