YouthCO December Newsletter

Dear YouthCO Members,

Happy December! We've had a very busy couple of weeks at YouthCO putting on our World AIDS Day event, which was a huge success. Our annual Member Appreciation party is coming up soon and we're having a meeting with new (and existing) YouthCO Members to map out ideas for the new year! 

1. News

World AIDS Day

The event was awesome and people definitely looooved their karaoke! We're so grateful to have had so much support from our community and to have had Tiko Kerr as our guest speaker. Thank you again to all our donors and volunteers! We've saved the art the guests created together and will put it up in the office for everyone to enjoy. Pictures are available on our Facebook page.

Do you know youth who should be recognized for their efforts in queer issues? Every year the Vancouver Pride Society organizes an Awards ceremony where they recognize 8 individuals who create positive change in the Greater Vancouver area in LGBTQ+ issues. One of the awards categories is: Purple for Spirit and Youth. Please spread the word to recognize deserving youth, or nominate an outstanding individual yourself.

To nominate a community member, simply email with some basic information. 

Include the nomination category in the subject of your e-mail. (Youth)
Tell us who you are nominating in the email, with a phone number or email we can reach the nominee at.

Learn more at: 

Deadline is January 31st, 2014


2. Upcoming Events

YouthCO's Member Appreciation Party: December 16 6pm

The Mpowerment Boys are helping put together a small social on December 16th for the members and volunteers of YouthCO. A way to say thanks before the holiday season, we'll have some snacks, complimentary wine (with ID), a door prize and FUN :)

YouthCO Member Brainstorm Evening: December 15 6pm - 7:30pm

YouthCO is a space for youth-driven ideas and leadership-- it's YOUR space, so we want to hear your ideas about what you want to do at YouthCO. Get ready to meet other fantastic new members gearing up to do awesome things and come prepared for some serious brainstorming! We can discuss any training/ workshops we want to have, events we want to put on, campaigns we want to run, and anything else we can think of.

Please RSVP so we know you're coming. (And email to advise of any food allergies!)

Have a wonderful winter season, YouthCO Members. Look out for the next newsletter in 2015 ;)

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!