Our Peer-Led HIV Education Programs

We had the chance to share the successes of our approach to HIV education at the 2016 Pacific AIDS Network conference. This was a great opportunity to connect with organizations that do HIV work across British Columbia and talk about our youth-driven, values-led approach to HIV programming at YouthCO!

To get the crowd warmed up, we started with the interactive opportunity for folks to share what messages they would like to share with youth when it comes to HIV:

The HIV 101 workshops we offer cover many of these topics. Each workshop is led by youth, often from communities most directly impacted by HIV. Our Indigenous youth program, Yúusnewas, leads these workshops in Indigenous communities, health centres, and band schools across British Columbia. We are also able to tailor our HIV 101 curriculum for specific communities, including youth living with HIV. If you'd like to get in touch to book a workshop, please get in touch at http://www.youthco.org/youthco_workshops

The slides from our PAN presentation are available here. Thanks to the Pacific AIDS Network for inviting us to share our work. Don't miss our other HIV 101 resources, including the Gearing Up To Get Down booklet. We're always happy to chat about our peer education programs. If you'd like to know more, please get in touch at peered@youthco.org.

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!