What's happening at YouthCO?

Check out the latest events happening at YouthCO. Our office space and most of our events are located on the traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh. We aim to host events that are welcoming for all youth, and will keep working to ensure this is possible. 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.

The main floor of our office space is accessible by elevator. The YouthCO office washrooms are gender inclusive, but at the moment are not wheelchair accessible. Menstruation products are available in the office washrooms. 
  • Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 12:00 PM
    3 rsvps
    YouthCo in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Culture is Healing: Plant Walk

    This event will be taking place on the unceded and occupied territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh nations.


    Culture is Healing is a monthly event for and by Indigenous youth. During these events, we come together to share cultural teachings and knowledge, and are able to provide a safer space where we can have discussions on topics such as holistic well-being, harm reduction, sexuality, sexual health, HIV, and Hep C. This is a gender affirming space, and we welcome Indigenous youth with all identities to share our space for Culture is Healing.


    For the New Year, join Yúusnewas in the nature and learn about the traditional plants on the unceded lands of the Tsleil-Waututh nation in Cates Park. Our facilitator, Robin, will be teaching us how to identify plants and the process of harvesting them. Please wear warm clothing, comfortable walking shoes, and bring good intentions as we explore the land together!

    Please Note: We will be meeting at the Yúusnewas headquarters at 11am to provide transportation. 

    Lunch will also be provided. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions and/or allergies.

    ACCESSIBILITY:
    This is a free event for all self-identified Indigenous people between the ages of 14 - 29!
    Our space is located on the second floor, accessible by elevator or stairs. We have two all gender washrooms, one of which is a large accessible washroom.
    Bus tickets will be available if requested.
    We ask that you join us in making this event as scent-reduced as possible. This means maybe using fragrance-free products in lieu of any scented-products you may usually use. We do smudge and use medicine that can have scent. Please give us as much notice as possible if smudging or medicine use may aggravate scent sensitivities.
    On site childcare is available upon request. Please let us know the age(s) and number of any children you are bringing.

    If you have any questions regarding the event, any dietary restrictions and/or allergies, or if there are ways we can make this event accessible for you please contact Amanda via email at amandat@youthco.org. RSVP below to help us plan! 

  • Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 06:30 PM
    Mpowerment Lounge in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Queer Movie Night: Rafiki

    Come join us at one of our first events of the year! We'll be watching Rafiki (which means 'friend' in Swahili), the first Kenyan film to be screened at Cannes. Directed by Wanuri Kahiu, Rafiki follows the love that grows between two young women, Kena and Ziki, amidst family and political pressures around LGBT rights in Kenya.
     
    We will be serving a yummy dinner too so come join! All for *FREE* so bring a friend or just come and make new ones!
     
    Please click the link below to RSVP on Facebook!:
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    Mpowerment is a space for queer and trans young people ages 19 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.
     
    This event will be taking place on the ancestral, unceded, and occupied territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh nations.
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    ACCESSIBILITY
     
    This event is free to attend and open to young people ages 19 to 29 years old.
     
    Our space is located on the second floor, accessible by elevator or stairs. We have two all gender washrooms, one of which is a large accessible washroom.
     
    We ask that you join us in making this event as scent-reduced as possible. This means maybe using fragrance-free products in lieu of any scented-products you may usually use.
     
    A variety of dinner options will be available including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and meat options.
     
    If your needs to access this event are not mentioned above, please contact Adrian at adrianb@youthco.org or 604-688-1441 for more information.
  • Saturday, February 08, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    1 rsvp
    YouthCo in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Culture is Healing: Sweat Lodge

    This event will be taking place on the unceded and occupied territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh nations.


    Culture is Healing is a monthly event for and by Indigenous youth. During these events, we come together to share cultural teachings and knowledge, and are able to provide a safer space where we can have discussions on topics such as holistic well-being, harm reduction, sexuality, sexual health, HIV, and Hep C. This is a gender affirming space, and we welcome Indigenous youth with all identities to share our space for Culture is Healing.


    Join Yúusnewas for a Two-Spirit friendly sweat led by Bon Fabian! Please bring a small blanket to sit on, towel, food to share (not required), reusable water bottle, and good intentions. If any of these items are inaccessible, please contact us! There will be onsite change rooms. We look forward to seeing you at ceremony!

    Please Note: We will be meeting at Yúusnewas Headquarters at 10-10:30AM for transportation. Expected end time will be between 3pm-4pm.

    Lunch will be provided. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions and/or allergies.

    ACCESSIBILITY:

    This is a free event for all self-identified Indigenous people between the ages of 14 - 29!
    Our space is located on the second floor, accessible by elevator or stairs. We have two all gender washrooms, one of which is a large accessible washroom.
    Bus tickets will be available if requested.
    We ask that you join us in making this event as scent-reduced as possible. This means maybe using fragrance-free products in lieu of any scented-products you may usually use. We do smudge and use medicine that can have scent. Please give us as much notice as possible if smudging or medicine use may aggravate scent sensitivities.
    Childcare is available upon request. Please let us know the age(s) and number of any children you are bringing.

    If you have any questions regarding the event, any dietary restrictions and/or allergies, or if there are ways we can make this event accessible for you please contact Amanda via email at amandat@youthco.org. RSVP below to help us plan!  

  • Saturday, February 08, 2020 at 11:00 AM

    Positive Romance

    YouthCO is inviting HIV and/or Hep C positive youth and their guests from across British Columbia to join us on February 8th in celebration of love, life and romance for those of us living with HIV/Hep C. Join us for a delicious catered brunch at YouthCO, with music and positive vibes.

    We will take care of all the food, transportation, and childcare needs so youth living with HIV/Hep C can fully celebrate during this time. Please let us know of any dietary needs, transportation needs, or childcare requests along with your RSVP!

    YouthCO is able to support youth from across BC to attend this event:

    • We are able to offer bus tickets, gas money, and/or rideshares for youth in the Lower Mainland!
    • We are able to cover the cost of ferries, planes and/or gas money for youth living outside the Vancouver area! 
    • We can offer childcare as part of our event and/or provide funding to cover childcare costs required to attend.

    If you would like to attend and live outside the Lower Mainland, let us know as soon as possible and we can work with you to make travel arrangements at no cost to you. 

    • We are able to book flights up to and including January 13. Let us know before then if you would like to join us and need a flight in order to do that!  
    • For rideshares in the Lower Mainland, get in touch with us by January 31.
    • We will have bus tickets available at YouthCO during the event. If you need a bus ticket in advance, get in touch and we can make sure that happens. 

    RSVP by Friday January 31st, 2020 (to ensure a ride/travel assistance to and from the event, as well as a seat at brunch, and to let us know of any other access needs!)

     

    Women living with HIV have been celebrating Love Positive Women with Valentines Day as a backdrop since 2013. This celebration has been organized across the globe, and YouthCO has participated over the past few years. Love Positive Women is a "platform for individuals and communities to engage in public and private acts of love and caring for women living with HIV. Going beyond romantic love to deep community love and social justice, LPW is call to action."

    This year, YouthCO is using this global event to invite youth living with HIV of all genders to celebrate ourselves and each other during a season of love and romance, and to claim our space among those celebrating Valentines Day, all the while creating our own narratives of love and romance. Inspired by the LPW movement, Positive Romance focuses on relationships of all kinds that those of us living with HIV/Hep C hold dear.  

  • Saturday, March 07, 2020 at 08:00 AM through March 08, 2020
    Evans Lake Camp

    Winter Camp

    We are so excited to be hosting winter camp, March 7 & 8, at Evans Lake! This is a free program for youth from ages 6 to 17 years old who are living with, or impacted by HIV, in British Columbia!! We hope to see many familiar faces and welcome new folks over the weekend. 

    We’ll be spending the weekend at Evans Lake in Squamish, BC. During the weekend, we are planning to pack in as much fun as possible!! Campers will have choices around different indoor and outdoor activities throughout the weekend and lots of "friends together having fun!" To make this come to life, we have community agreements in place that everyone at camp, includilng staff and volunteers, follow. Click here to check them out!

    Camper Information

    Camper registrations are due on January 31, 2020! This will help us ensure we can put together a strong volunteer team. Please let us know on or before Janury 31st if you would like to come to Camp Moomba!

    RETURNING CAMPERS: complete this one page permission form, and give the office (604-688-1441) a call to ensure all health and emergency information is up-to-date!

    NEW CAMPRES: complete this registration form (give us a call if you'd like some help!) and return it to the office by January 31st, 2020.

    We have community agreements in place that everyone at camp, includilng staff and volunteers, follow. Click here to check them out!

    To contact a camper during camp, please call 604-684-1701.

    Volunteer Information

    We believe that youth are best positioned to connect with our peers on topics related to HIV stigma. Many of the youth at Camp Moomba are Black or Indigenous, and we strongly encourage applications from Black and Indigenous youth, as well as youth living with HIV, or youth who are impacted by HIV. We strongly encourage youth who are under the age of 25, living with HIV or Hep C, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, Two-Spirit, queer, trans, non-binary, and/or living with disabilities to apply.

    Camp Moomba volunteers are people who are connected to the Camp Moomba or YouthCO, through shared experiences or our Core Training program, and are excited to work with youth from ages 6 to 17! All volunteers must complete a criminal record check at YouthCO's expense. 

    Volunteers must also be available for training on February 22 (9:30-3pm for new folks!; 9:30-12pm for returning volunteers!), committed to a weekend with very little cell coverage and no WIFI, and a phone-free space for campers, and are able to follow our community agreements. Click here to check them out!

    At camp, most of our volunteers are Group Leaders, who do the following:

    • Actively participate in camp life and camp activities – early mornings, chilly swims, and clean up included!
    • Attend to campers’ wellbeing needs in ability-appropriate ways to ensure campers’ physical, emotional, social, medical and nutritional needs are being met:
    • Supporting campers in getting adequate nutrition and sleep (e.g. facilitating bed time and meal time at appropriate energy levels)
    • Support positive camper group dynamics to ensure a positive experience for all campers
    • Using active supervision to create a fun and safe environment, including role modelling and encouraging positive relationships, and addressing concerning behaviours such as bullying
    • Manage camper behaviour, including role modelling camp appropriate behaviour and addressing concerns with the Camp Director
    • Assist with camp-wide programming
    • Provide leadership and role modeling to all staff and campers
    • Attend and participate in Camp Moomba trainings, including YouthCO Core Training (if not already completed) and Camp Moomba training (February 22)

    The full position description is here! If this sounds like you, please complete our application form!

    If you are interested in coming to Camp Moomba as a nurse, check out the position description here, and please complete our application form!

    Do you have questions about the upcoming program, or becoming a volunteer? Contact Jessica and Sarah at moomba@youthco.org, or call 604-684-1701.

  • Monday, March 23, 2020 at 09:00 AM through March 28, 2020
    Springbrooke Retreat Centre in Langley, BC, Canada

    First Directions

    This event is located on the traditional territory of the S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō), W̱SÁNEĆ and Kwantlen.

    First Directions is a free program for Indigenous youth in British Columbia. During First Directions, youth travel to Langley, BC, and will stay in shared accommodations with other Indigenous youth, supervised by YouthCO staff.

    Download the .pdf application form here. Or, download a Word version here. Applications will be accepted until the program is full - please apply as soon as possible to ensure your participation!

    At First Directions, we bring Indigenous youth together from across the province to develop short videos on topics youth choose related to Indigenous youth health and wellness. During First Directions, a group of 15-25 Indigenous youth will:

    • Travel to a shared accommodation retreat centre in Langley, BC, supervised by the Yúusnewas staff team

    • Receive training on HIV, sexual health, harm reduction, and how colonization has affected our health—and what we can do about it

    • Learn how to create a video, including how to use film equipment, create a storyboard, and edit their work

    • Working in small groups, develop a film on a topic of their choice related to Indigenous youth health and wellness

    After First Directions, Indigenous youth will receive a copy of their final video in the mail or by pick up at the YouthCO Office. 

    YouthCO will cover travel costs to and from the workshop as well as meals and accommodations during the training to participants whose applications are accepted. We will work with families and communities to ensure safe transportation for all youth. 

    As Indigenous youth we are talking about issues that affect our people so that we can share information with our friends and relatives about taking care of our bodies. With colonization and residential schools, a lot of our ancestral ways of taking care of ourselves were lost. We are determined to empower young Indigenous leaders to reclaim our bodies and teachings. 

    So, what is "Indigenous youth health & wellness"?

    Indigenous youth health and wellness can look like a lot of things, some we may have not even thought about before now:

    • Learning about our bodies and identities, free of shame

    • Considering the emotional, spiritual, mental and physical aspects of taking care of our bodies and sexuality

    • Being comfortable with who we are

    • Having the information and tools to make decisions that are right for us

    • The right to access birth control, sexual health, and harm reduction supplies that suits our needs and lives

    • And so much more!

    How to apply

    Applications will be accepted until the program is full! Please apply as soon as possible to ensure your participation!

    1. Download the .pdf application form here. Or, download a Word version here. 

    2. Fill out the application form (pages 2, 3, 4 & 5)

      • If you are under 18 years old, you will need permission to participate from your caregiver, whether that is a family member or a social worker.

      • The Yúusnewas team can help you fill this out! If you need access to a computer, printer, or scanner, give us a call at 604-688-1441, or connect with us on Facebook or Instagram.

    3. Complete photo/video release so we can show your videos to various audiences (page 7). For youth under 18, your caregiver, parent, guardian, or social worker will need to complete this form.

    4. Give your application to the YouthCO team by mail, dropping off in person, or by email on or before February 21, 2020! Applications will be accepted until the program is full! Please apply as soon as possible to ensure your participation!


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!