YouthCO January Newsletter

Dear YouthCO Members,

HAPPY 2015! Hope you had a restful holiday season and got to spend some time with your loved ones. At YouthCO we are super jazzed to start off this year with workshops, outreach, another fun Core Training... and writing "2014" on everything until at least March.

1. News

Join the Run Club hosted by Yúusnewas!

Interested in running but don't like the 8:30 start times? Want to try it out with a group of other fun youth? Come join our new run club every Sunday at 11am! Everyone is welcome :)



New Program Director

Please join us in welcoming our new Program Director, Sarah Chown. Sarah has a wealth of experience and general awesomeness and we're really excited to have her on the team. If you need to be in touch with her, you can reach her at or drop by to say hi!

Dr. Julio Montaner appointed to Order of Canada

YouthCO would like to say a huge congratulations to Dr. Julio Montaner, Director of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, for being appointed to the Order of Canada for his contributions to HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention. 


2. Upcoming Events

Coming Back to School: In the Closet and Out 
Tuesday January 13th, 6:30-9 @ YouthCO Office

Mpowerment’s weekly drop-ins continue with our discussion on being gay in school. Were you in the closet? Out? Did you have experiences of bullying or any awkward sexual encounters with straight male friends? Feel free to share your stories in a judgment free environment or just come and hang out.

YOU-nique Youth Conference

Saturday January 24th from 10-5. FREE Youth Conference at Britannia High School! Join us for a day of workshops, lunch, and a feast/ performance. Call 604-718-5828 to register and for more information. YouthCO will have a booth at the info fair!

YouthCO Core Training

Our next core training will run from 9:30-5pm on February 7th and 8th, 2015. Please RSVP on our website and let us know if you'll be coming. Email if you have any questions or dietary restrictions.

3. Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities

YouthCO is Hiring!
We're looking for a usnewas Program Outreach Educator  Closing Date: Wednesday January 21st, 2015

Are you a young person who understands the interconnectedness of historical oppression and health?
Do you have an interest in changing the stigma that surrounds sex, sexuality, and HIV?

Are you a creative peer who wants to share knowledge with your community about safer sex and harm reduction through arts-based learning?

If yes, this job may be for YOU!

And, as the internet gives us very useful things, please enjoy this dog with eyebrows: 

That's all for now, folks! Have a great week.


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!