Positive Programs

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.

Monthly Meetups

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.

Leadership Opportunities

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

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.

Youth Clinics

For youth aged 14-19 and 11-13 years, we partner with Oak Tree Clinic to offer 4 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 info@youthco.org. 

Financial Supports

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!

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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!