April Newsletter

April 1, 2015

Dear YouthCO Members, 

The long weekend is coming up fast! Looks like the weather is warming up for spring and everyone is feeling the love in the air! Or maybe that's just allergies...

This month we welcome some new staff, we're excited about a Beyonce art show for PWN and we're searching for another great person to join our Yúusnewas team. 

1. News

Welcome New Staff Members!

We have 2 fantastic new staff members on the YouthCO team! Andre Azzam is our Mpowerment Coordinator and Amber Bedard is our Yúusnewas Outreach Educator. Check out our staff team here and feel free to say hi!

Insite and Bill C-2

Insite received an exemption from Health Canada to keep their doors open for another year! Supervised injection sites are amazing harm reduction tools. Now let's fight Bill C-2, which will make it more difficult for Insite to apply for future exemptions and nearly impossible for other facilities to open. 

HIV Non-Disclosure #StopProsecutingHIV

YouthCO took a strong stand against criminalization of HIV non-disclosure in June 2014.

Since then, criminalization continues to hurt our communities, and we want action to #StopProsecutingHIV. The folks at Positive Living BC have put together a petition at LeadNow to have Suzanne Anton, BC Minister of Justice consider new approaches to HIV non-disclosure. 

Hep C Treatment in BC

BC just passed legislation on two new drugs for Hep C treatment that will be covered under Pharmacare.

Think Before You Type

Our friends at the Health Initiative for Men have launched a new campaign asking those of us who hook up online to ‘think before we type’. The campaign aims to start a conversation on how gay + bi guys engage with each other on dating and hook-up sites. Think Before You Type (TBYT) started out as a project during Totally Outright and now has a life of its own online. Join the conversation today! https://www.facebook.com/TBYTVancouver

2. Upcoming Events

FLAWLESS: A Beyonce Inspired Art Show and Fundraiser in support of Positive Women's Network (PWN)

Door tickets will be on a sliding scale of $8-$20. No one will be turned away if they cannot afford entry. 

Opening night is April 18, 2015 from 7pm-2am at Studio East. Submissions open until April 12th! 

PrEP Campaign Planning Meeting 

Come join YouthCO in planning our PrEP Campaign. We'll be meeting on April 10th at 6:30pm at YouthCO :)

3. Jobs & Volunteer Opportunities


Yúusnewas is hiring again! We're looking for a Yúusnewas outreach educator. Check out the link for the full job description.

Camp Moomba Volunteers Needed!

Camp Moomba, a camp for kids living with or affected by HIV, is looking for Camp Leaders and other volunteers. Email [email protected] for more information.

That's all folks. Have a great long weekend!


Team YouthCO