Back to School

It’s back to school week.

My friends at YouthCO are gearing up for an exciting new campaign to underscore the importance of a revitalized sex ed curriculum that empowers youth, parents, and educators with the tools they need to prevent HIV and Hep C transmission—for all students.

In my role as Vancouver’s longest-serving School Board Chair, I saw how YouthCO’s education efforts informed and empowered our youth. This year alone, they met with hundreds of students in 83 cities across British Columbia. In some cases, they’ve met with protests (this just encourages them to work harder, which I love).

I support YouthCO in their mission to get the best possible information into the hands of youth across this province—and now I’m asking for your help.

Will you join me in donating $25, $100, or even $200 right now?


Thanks for everything you do,



Patti Bacchus


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!