pronouns: she, her, hers

Larissa is Indigenous to the prairies and lives as a guest on the unceded and ancestral lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh nations. Larissa is the Yúusnewas Program Manager and enjoys supporting the Yúusnewas team in all of their exciting work with Indigenous youth across the province. She is passionate about deconstructing colonial ideologies and practices, and revitalizing + reclaiming Indigenous traditional teachings in her everyday life. She’s been an active advocate in her Indigenous communities throughout university and hopes to continue that advocacy throughout her time at YouthCO. Larissa also enjoys all the pleasurable things in life such as Americanos, intriguing conversations about Grey’s Anatomy, hot summer days at the beach, or doing anything physically active.

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!