Since 1994, youth living with HIV have been a key part of YoutuhCO's work. Hep C was added to our mandate in the 2000s. Currently, our programs engage mostly with youth living with HIV, and we’re working to better meet the needs of youth who have Hep C.
YouthCO offers peer education and support for youth living with HIV and Hep C! We connect with youth under 30 across what is now called British Columbia, in-person and online. These programs are free, and we can travel to you or help you travel to us!
Youth living with HIV help shape all our programs, including Mpowerment and Yúusnewas. Poz Programs is a dedicated space for youth living with HIV and/or Hep C, and is a space where everyone shares this experience. Our programs focus on peer education, leadership, and peer support for youth throughout British Columbia.
We offer peer-led monthly meetups for youth living with HIV and/or Hep C! Each meet up includes food, peer education, and an activity or an outing! Past meetups have included making scarves, going on a hike, and dinner out at a restaurant.
YouthCO's vision is for youth to lead within the HIV and Hep C movement! One way we do that is by providing leadership opportunities for youth living with HIV and Hep C. If you're interested in these leadership opportunities or have other ideas, please get in touch to let us know!
- YouthCO's Core Training program for youth to learn about our values and approaches to HIV and Hep C
- Planning and hosting peer events across British Columbia
- Participating in the Positive Leadership Development Institute led by the Pacific AIDS Network
- Advising and guiding research projects and campaigns involving youth throughout British Columbia
- Serving on the YouthCO Board
- Participating in national and provincial forums and/or conferences for people or youth living with HIV
- Speaking publicly about our experiences living with HIV and/or with YouthCO programs to various audiences, including service providers and health professionals
Camp Moomba offers peer support and peer education to youth, aged 6-17 years, living with HIV or who have a close family member who is living with HIV. Youth living with HIV are encouraged to be part of making camp possible, whether as group leaders, nurses, or our peer education team.
For youth aged 11-13 years, we partner with Oak Tree Clinic to offer youth groups each year that combine a clinical visit with food, music, peer education on a topic chosen by youth, and an outing in the Lower Mainland. These groups are open to all youth living with HIV who are 19 years old and younger. If you're interested, let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
British Columbia youth who are living with HIV are eligible for financial supports and scholarships up to a maximum of $1,000. Full details about our financial supports can be found at www.youthco.org/scholarships.
Youth living with Hep C are welcome to some of our programs below, and are encouraged to get in touch with us to help us create more Hep C programming. We have an intro booklet about Hep C available online and in print! If you'd like a print copy, let us know!