Pronouns: she, her, hers.

Samira's first official involvement with YouthCO was through developing and lead a workshop at the Positive Gathering, ABCs of HIV and as a Camp Moomba group leader. Wth the experience with working with such great people at YouthCO, Samira is excited to be working at YouthCO as the Program Intern. Her passion for talking about matters that are important to her and others and meet new faces is why she's glad to be at YouthCO. Samira is currently studying her way to become a nurse. As a nurse, Samira wants to bring a good vibe to her work with patients, in order to help people in a meanigful way. When Samira is not making great party conversation starters, she enjoys a bag of Cheetos because they are a cheesy heaven, filmmaking/editing, and watching late night TV series (at the moment, Castle).

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!