Core Training

Learn all about YouthCO, our values, programs, and how you can get involved!

Our core training weekends happen three times a year usually in January, June and September. Core training is free, and is open to any youth under 30 who want to learn more about HIV, Hep C and harm reduction! Core training is also mandatory for anyone looking to get involved with us, whether through joining our staff, board or volunteer teams. 

Each core training takes place on both Saturday and Sunday from 9:30am-5:00pm. Over the weekend, we'll get to chat and learn all about YouthCO, our values and programs. Receive nationally-recognized training on HIV and Hep C, with a focus on challenging stigma. Explore the intersections between HIV and other issues like colonization, oppression, and criminalization. Gain practical skills around safer sex and harm reduction, and share delicious food and discussions with fellow peers! Core Training is also a great opportunity to get connected with staff members who run our programs if we're wanting to volunteer or apply for a job. 

YouthCO is committed to making our programs as inclusive and supportive as possible of all youth who are interested in attending. We're happy to chat before the event about how to best meet your access needs in order for you to get the most out of the training weekend! 

Interested in taking part in core training? This page is a great way to see our most up-to-date information on when the next core training is happening, and you can also email us to let us know if you're interested in being added to our core training emailing list. If you have any further questions, you can email info@youth.org or call us at 604-688-1441.

 

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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!