What's happening at YouthCO?

YouthCO hosts events across what we now call British Columbia! We aim to host events that are welcoming and accessible for all youth. If you have any suggestions on how we can make our spaces more accessible, we'd love to know. Send us an email at info@youthco.org or give us a call at 604-688-1441.

YouthCO is following advice of public health and responding in real-time to COVID-19. This includes working to offer programming online in the coming weeks and supporting social distance measures. For more details about YouthCO's response to COVID-19, see www.youthco.org/covid19.

  • Wednesday, April 08, 2020 at 12:00 PM
    Zoom

    Yuusnewas: Hang with us!

    Are you an Indigenous Youth? Do you have access to the internet?

    Join Yúusnewas for a casual hangout via Zoom (it's a group video chat)! We'll be connecting with each other and sharing ways we are taking care of each other and ourselves through COVID-19, and looking for ways to stay connected online in the coming weeks!

     

    This is the first of our online events to come in April!


    About Yúusnewas:

    Yúusnewas is an Indigenous peer-led education program that provides workshops on HIV and sexual health in urban and rural communities across British Columbia.

    We approach the topics of sexual health and harm reduction by centering Indigenous perspectives and incorporating traditional teachings.

    Our office is on the unceded and ancestral territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh people


    ACCESSIBILITY INFO

    This event is FREE and open to Indigenous youth aged 14-29 years old.

    We will be hosting this event online, using our virtual meeting platform - Zoom. To participate, you will need access to a device connected to the internet with display, sound and mic capabilities like a laptop, desktop with headphones or a smartphone.

    The Zoom app is downloadable online and you can make an account for free. You can download Zoom here (www.zoom.us/signup)

    The event will be facilitated by Indigenous youth, and the private meeting link will only be provided to confirmed participants.

    If your needs to access this event are not mentioned above, please contact Nona via email nona@youthco.org for more information.

  • Thursday, April 09, 2020 at 06:00 PM
    Online

    Queer Game Night

    Stuck at home and looking for ways to have fun, meet new people and connect with other queer and trans young people?

    We got you covered, we're headed online for April!

    Join us for a virtual game night and compete for prizes! We'll be playing Pyramid, featuring the queerest categories we could think up.

    We'll be playing on teams! You have the option to register solo or register as a group of 2 if you prefer. We'll match everyone into teams of 2 - 5 for the evening! RSVP to reserve your spot!

    Once we've confirmed your spot, we'll send you a link to our virtual meeting platform, Zoom.

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    ABOUT US

    Mpowerment is a space for queer and trans young people ages 16 to 29 years old to meet, have fun and support each other in making informed decisions about our sexual health!

    We are committed to reducing stigma related to HIV and to building communities where we feel safe talking about the highs and lows of sex, drugs, relationships and all the things that bring us pleasure.

    Make sure to follow us on our social media to stay in the loop for upcoming events!

    Instagram: @MpowermentBC
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    ACCESSIBILITY INFO

    This event is FREE and open to queer and trans young people ages 16-29 years old.

    We will be hosting this event online, using our virtual meeting platform - Zoom. To participate, you will need access to a device connected to the internet with display, sound and mic capabilities like a laptop, desktop with headphones or a smartphone.

    The Zoom app is downloadable online and you can make an account for free.

    The event will be facilitated by 2 YouthCO peer facilitators, and the private meeting link will only be provided to confirmed participants.

    If your needs to access this event are not mentioned above, please contact Ivan @ ivanl@youthco.org for more information.

  • Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 01:00 PM
    Zoom (A virtual video calling platform) *read more on this in the descriptions*

    Home Alone: Virtual Waacking (dance) Workshop

    This is a great way to move our bodies and connect with other cool people when we are physical distancing at home! We will be participating in a beginner level waacking class through a virtual platform called zoom.

    With roots in Westcoast underground clubs in the 70s, Waacking is a style of dance that is deeply rooted in queer and trans self-expression and resilience. With the glamour of old Hollywood and the funky rhythms of 70s disco, your arms and bodies will start dancing by itself!

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    This is a beginner level class. No prior dance experience is required, this is a wonderful opportunity for both folks who have never attended a dance class and folks who have previous dance experiences.

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    To participate in this event, please RSVP below! We will reach out to you before the event and share the private link.
    The Zoom virtual space will start at 1pm



    To get in touch with us, please email Bill at bill@youthco.org!

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    ABOUT US

    Mpowerment is a space for queer and trans young people ages 16 to 30 years old to meet, have fun and support each other in making informed decisions about our sexual health!

    We are committed to reducing stigma related to HIV and to building communities where we feel safe talking about the highs and lows of sex, drugs, relationships and all the things that bring us pleasure.

    This event will be taking place on the unceded traditional ancestral territories of the Stó:lō, Kwantlen, Qayqayt, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Semiahmoo, Tsleil-Waututh, and Tsawwassen nations.

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    ACCESIBILITY INFO

    This event is FREE and open to youth ages 16-30 years old.

    The will be held over Zoom, an online video meeting platform. Participants will need access to a device with a screen, sound, mic and internet capabilities like a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop to participate.

    The event will be facilitated by 2 YouthCO peer facilitators, and a local dance instructor and the private meeting link will only be provided to confirmed participants.

    If your needs to access this event are not mentioned above, please contact Bill at: bill@youthco.org for more information.

     

    *Check out our facebook event page and invite your friends! https://www.facebook.com/events/1130410057313064/ *

  • Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 06:30 PM

    Queer HERstory Trivia Night

    THE LIMIT DOES NOT EXIST! Join Mpowerment for our *online* Queer HERstory Trivia Night! Test your trivia knowledge in a variety of categories including sexual health, pop culture, and more!
    Grand prize for the winning team!


    We'll be playing on teams! You have the option to register as a single player or register as a group of 2 if you prefer. We'll match everyone into teams for the evening


    You can RSVP and invite friends on Facebook by clicking the link below!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/523957501577249/

    After your RSVP is confirmed, we’ll send you a link to our virtual meeting platform, Zoom.

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    ABOUT US

    Mpowerment is a space for queer and trans young people ages 16 to 29 years old to meet, have fun and support each other in making informed decisions about our sexual health!

    We are committed to reducing stigma related to HIV and to building communities where we feel safe talking about the highs and lows of sex, drugs, relationships and all the things that bring us pleasure.

    Make sure to follow us on our social media to stay in the loop for upcoming events!

    Instagram: @MpowermentBC
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    ACCESSIBILITY INFO

    This event is FREE and open to queer and trans young people ages 16-29 years old.

    We will be hosting this event online, using our virtual meeting platform - Zoom. To participate, you will need access to a device connected to the internet with display, sound and mic capabilities like a laptop, desktop with headphones or a smartphone.

    The Zoom app is downloadable online and you can make an account for free. You can download Zoom here (www.zoom.us/signup)

    The event will be facilitated by 2 YouthCO peer facilitators, and the private meeting link will only be provided to confirmed participants.

    If your needs to access this event are not mentioned above, please contact Adrian @ adrianb@youthco.org for more information.


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!