Programs

We work in youth communities most affected by HIV and Hep C, and integrate advocacy, support, prevention and skills-building into all of our activities.

Our programs are empowering, values and community driven, evidence based, culturally appropriate, equitable, accessible, and effective. Through education and leadership opportunities we inspire young people to create meaningful change in the community. 

MpowermentYVR 

Mpowerment is a space for queer and trans young people ages 19 to 29 years old to meet, have fun and support each other in making informed decisions about our sexual health! We are committed to reducing stigma related to HIV and to building communities where we feel safe talking about the highs and lows of sex, drugs, relationships and all the things that bring us pleasure.

 

Yúusnewas 

Yúusnewas means 'taking care of each other', and is our program by-and-for indigenous youth. The program works with indigenous communities to deliver sexual health and harm reduction information through culturally appropriate education and initiatives.

Workshops & Training

Book a YouthCO workshop to have our peer facilitation team come talk to your classroom or youth group about HIV, Hep C, Sexual Health, or Harm Reduction. Youth who are part of our facilitation team receive specialized training and meet monthly on Thursday evenings.

Youth Living with HIV

Youth living with HIV from throughout BC can access programs and opportunities at YouthCO, including our scholarship program, leadership opportunities with YouthCO, and participating in Camp Moomba.

 


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!