YouthCO's peer-led programs focus on three communities most impacted by HIV and Hep C stigma in British Columbia. Our programs focus on Indigenous youth, youth living with HIV and Hep C, and queer and trans youth.
We offer peer education and peer support to youth living with HIV and Hep C across the province, starting at age 6!
Positive Programs includes workshops, social events, information and referrals, leadership development opportunities, and one-on-one support to youth living with HIV in the Fraser Health region. We also offer Camp Moomba for youth living with HIV, their siblings, and young family members of people living with HIV!
Yúusnewas is an Indigenous peer-led education program that provides opportunities for Indigenous youth leadership, cultural connection, and challenging HIV and Hep C stigma in urban and rural communities across British Columbia. The word yúusnewas means 'taking care of each other' in the Squamish language. We approach the topics of HIV and Hep C by centering Indigenous perspectives and incorporating traditional teachings.
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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. We host social events year round in Vancouver, the Fraser Health region, and Prince George, and offer leadership opportunities through our Core Group!
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For non-Indigenous youth, we are able to accommodate some requests for workshops with groups of youth in community programs, residential settings, leadership events, and other settings! The Yúusnewas team is available for workshops with Indigenous youth year-round!
We offer ongoing training to youth leaders who are part of our staff, Board, and volunteer team. Our Core Training program takes place four times per year, and introduces youth to our approach to addressing HIV and Hep C stigma. We discuss YouthCO's values, our approach to inclusive and destigmatizing language, past and present forms of colonization, gender, anti-oppression, and peer leadership. We cover HIV and Hep C basis, criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, harm reduction, and a glimpse into the connections between art and activism within the HIV movement.
We are able to accommodate some requests for workshops with service providers, clinicians, and policy makers who work with youth, and within the HIV and Hep C sectors.