GB Olarewaju

Pronouns: he, him, his. GB is extremely happy to serve on the YouthCO board. He hails from Nigeria and immigrated to Canada for university. He completed his undergraduate and postgraduate education at the University of Guelph in Ontario and is now a medical student at UBC. As a queer Black immigrant, he has a keen interest in advocacy for marginalized people including immigrants, queer, Black, Indigenous and other people of color. While in Ontario he volunteered with ARCH Guelph and was a board member with the Guelph Black Heritage Society. He continued to apply his advocacy interest through interdisciplinary work and research experience as the Coordinator of International, Multi-Faith and Refugee programs at UofGuelph, and more recently as the Vancouver coordinator for the national gay, bisexual and queer men’s health study Engage (BC CfE). While completing his medical education, he continues his advocacy work as vice-chair of the YouthCO board and as inaugural Chair of the Black Medical Students Association of Canada. Feel free to reach out to him if you ever want to chat about anything!

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!