YouthCO & Camp Moomba Unification

As many of you know, YouthCO has been working closely with Camp Moomba, as we share a mandate to support young people impacted by HIV. Over the past several years YouthCO staff and members have offered peer education and support at camp as we share a community of members, friends and supporters.  Since 1997, the Moomba Society has been focused on enhancing the lives of children and youth through the Camp Moomba summer program. The secondary focus of Moomba is to provide year-round programming for children impacted by HIV/AIDS. For 18 years, youth living with and affected by HIV have found community and gained adventure and leadership skills through attending camp.

This past year, the YouthCO Board of Directors has been working with The Moomba Society to integrate our programming. By unifying our organizations we are able to more effectively engage and support youth living with HIV. We are thrilled that The Moomba Society has chosen to build on our previous successful partnerships and join with us. Starting on September 30th 2015, Moomba programs will be run by YouthCO and by the end of 2015, The Moomba Society will be fully integrated at YouthCO. In order to assist with this evolution of our programs, a Moomba advisory committee has been created and the continued engagement of Moomba alumni, staff and board in programming will ensure a smooth transition.

 We are working with Moomba to host a community fundraising event for our joint supporters to come together and celebrate our shared commitment to support youth living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Please join us on October 22nd 6.30-10pm at Vancouver’s Science World to celebrate the fusion of our two incredible organizations. More details about this unification and the event can be found at

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!