BRITISH COLUMBIA

Ankors Kamloops Kelowna New Westminster Prince George
Prince Rupert Salmon Arm Vancouver Victoria Williams Lake
ANKORS

Kootenay Boundary AIDS Network Outreach and Support Society
205-14th Ave. N., Cranbrook, BC V1C 3W3
Phone: (250) 426-3383
Fax: (250) 426-3221
E-mail: ankorseast@telus.net
Web site: www.ankors.bc.ca
Contact: Rhonda Haws

ANKORS Prevention Education Program
Description: The program provides educational workshops on HIV/AIDS prevention and harm reduction.
Goal: To connect with at risk populations, including youth, in order to provide education, support and resources around HIV prevention and harm reduction.
Services: Educational workshops (AIDS 101, Marginalization/Discrimination, Peer Pressure and HIV, Sex in the Sticks - an interactive exercise on HIV transmission), support, and resources.
Youth Involvement: Feedback from workshop evaluations ensures that workshops meet needs and interests. Youth feedback on the barriers they face in getting information on safer sex and injection drug use also directly influences our program.
Age Range: All ages
Language: English
KAMLOOPS

AIDS Society of Kamloops (ASK)
437 Lansdowne St., Kamloops, BC V2C 1Y2
Phone: (250) 372-7585
Fax: (250) 372-1147
Web site: www.aidskamloops.bc.ca
Description: ASK works with other youth programs in the Kamloops area, such as the Youth Club

House
(a safe place for at risk youth), to provide education opportunities for youth on HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C and harm reduction.
Goal: To educate youth about harm reduction.
Services: Condom distribution, needle exchange, counselling and education.
Youth Involvement: Youth provide feedback on educational presentations.
Age Range: Under 30
Language: English
Interior Community Services
765 Tranquille Road, Kamloops, BC V2B 3J3
Phone: (250) 371-3086
Fax: (250) 376-3040
E-mail: sspaces@mail.ocis.net
Web site: www.interiorcommunityservices.bc.ca
Contact: Kelly Gaudon

Safe Spaces
Description: A service for GLBTQ youth.
Goal: To educate GLBTQ youth about harm reduction activities; and to provide a safe physical place for GLBTQ youth to meet and connect with each other.
Services: Drop-in and one-on-one appointments; weekly group meetings; e-mail outreach and support; resource and lending library; referrals; and workshops and presentations on homophobia.
Youth Involvement: Youth are involved with all aspects of service planning and delivery. Youth are consulted on service direction, content and design, and are encouraged to create a service that meets their needs.
Age Range: 14-25
Language: English

KELOWNA

Living Positive Resource Centre
101-266 Lawrence Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 6L3
Phone: (250) 862-2437
Toll free: 1-800-616-2437 (in BC ONLY)
Fax: (250) 868-8662
E-mail: info@lprc.ca
Web site: www.livingpositive.ca
Contact: Educator/Speakers' Bureau Coordinator

AIDS 101 - Speakers' Bureau
Description: The Speakers' Bureau educates youth about HIV/AIDS, and hepatitis B and C. Presentations are tailored to meet the needs of youth.
Goal: To prevent and reduce the number of youth testing HIV positive.
Services: Education (AIDS 101 and hepatitis C 101), and support for PLWHIV/AIDS.
Youth Involvement: Youth are encouraged to volunteer at the Centre.
Age Range: 15-29
Language: English

NEW WESTMINSTER

Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families
40 Begbie St., New Westminster, BC V3M 3L9
Phone: (604) 526-2522
Fax: (604) 526-6546
E-mail: purposeaids@pacificcoast.net
Web site: www.purposesociety.org
Contact: Program Coordinator

Youth Source/HIV/AIDS Program
Description: Youth Source provides a warm, welcoming atmosphere where youth can gain access to a wide array of services and resources, including: HIV/AIDS prevention education and support, a drop-in program for youth 21 years old and younger, free and con?dential STI testing and counselling, recreational activities for youth, and more.
Goal: To provide HIV/AIDS awareness, support, and education for youth.
Services: Educational workshops to community groups and services on HIV and hepatitis C transmission, testing and treatment, and harm reduction strategies; referrals and individual support; and a youth outreach program.
Youth Involvement: Youth volunteer in the running and service delivery of the program, and youth clients provide on-going direction and feedback on program content, such as choice of guest speakers, activities, etc.
Age Range: Under 21 years old
Language: English

PRINCE GEORGE

Positive Living North
1-1563-2nd Ave., Prince George, BC V2L 3B8
Phone: (250) 562-1172
Fax: (250) 562-3317
E-mail: aidspg1@pgweb.com
Web site: www.aidspg.ca
Contact: Mary Jackson and Trina Chivilo

The Power to Choose
Description: The Power to Choose is a series of interactive workshops that uses videos and games to engage youth in HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C education.
Goal: To increase youth knowledge of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C and related issues, such as self-esteem, drug use, homophobia, racism, etc.
Youth Involvement: Youth help co-facilitate the program, and youth feedback helps to determine workshop topics.
Age Range: 13-19
Language: English

PRINCE RUPERT

Northern Health/Outreach Prince Rupert
300 Third Avenue, Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1L4
Phone: (250) 624-7480
Fax: (250) 624-7591
Web site: www.northernhealth.ca
Contact: Peter Jackson

Outreach Prince Rupert
Description: Prevention education in schools and to the community.
Goal: To decrease the rate of HIV infection in BC's northwest region.
Services: Prevention education workshops, support and advocacy.
Youth Involvement: Youth actively participate in all classroom presentations.
Age Range: All ages
Language: English

SALMON ARM

C-Sharp (Columbia-Shuswap HIV/AIDS Resource Project)
Box 154, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4N3
Phone: (250) 804-8823
Fax: (250) 804-8825
E-mail: csharp@telus.net
Contact: Randy Ferguson

Prevention Education
Description: A health promotion and education initiative in partnership with the Shuswap Family Resources Centre and School Districts 83 and 19. C-Sharp has been offering education programs in schools for grades 7, 9 and 11 in our health region for the past ?ve years, and our program is now part of the local curriculum.
Goal: To provide youth with accurate information regarding HIV/AIDS.
Services: Education presentations.
Youth Involvement: Youth actively participate in the school-based HIV/AIDS education program.
Age Range: 12-18
Language: English

VANCOUVER

BC Coalition of People with Disabilities

204-456 Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1R3
Phone: (604) 875-0188
Fax: (604) 875-9227
E-mail: adap@bccpd.bc.ca
Web site: www.bccpd.bc.ca/wdi/educnews.html
Contact: Shelley Hourston

HIV/AIDS Prevention for Youth: A Newsletter for Educators
Description: A quarterly newsletter that profiles HIV/AIDS prevention strategies
and resources for educating students with learning challenges in grades 8-12. Topics include HIV/AIDS, sexuality, STIs, body art, drug
and alcohol use, decision making, self-esteem and peer pressure.
Goal: To provide insight from subject and disability specialists on communicating HIV/AIDS prevention and sex education information to students with disabilities.
Services: Newsletter subscriptions are free in BC and $25/year throughout Canada.
Youth Involvement: Newsletter contributions/submissions from youth are encouraged.
Age Range: 12-18
Language: English
Community Based Research Centre
122-1628 West 1st Ave., Vancouver, BC V6J 1G1
Phone: (604) 736-0091
Fax: (604) 736-9120
E-mail: rmarchand@telus.net
Web site: www.hiv-cbr.net
Contact: Rick Marchand

Totally Outright Sexual Health Leaders
Description: Totally Outright is a training program and community internship for young gay men's sexual health leaders.
Goal: To close a gap in leadership development for young gay men's health by training community educators who can address known vulnerabilities for HIV, STIs and other culturally relevant health issues amongst their peers in the population.
Services: Forty hours training; community internship; sexual health leaders' manual; and educational resources.
Youth Involvement: Totally Outright was planned with a youth consulting team, and the manual and educational materials are written by young gay men.
Age Range: 18-26
Language: English

Condomania
520 West 6th Ave., Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H5
Phone: (604) 708-5326
Fax: (604) 730-7660
E-mail: info@planetahead.ca or ASKUS@planetahead.ca
Web site: www.planethead.ca
Contact: Lia De Pauw, Program Coordinator

Description:
Condomania, under the Vancouver Coastal Health umbrella, works with youth ages 12 -15 to shape attitudes, values, and behaviours that promote sexual health for a lifelong impact, with an added focus on engaging young men in sexual health education. Condomania equips youth with knowledge, skills, and motivation to shape positive attitudes and avoid unwanted or risky sexual behaviors.
Goal: To reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS, STIs, and unintended pregnancies resulting from not using a condom; to develop an awareness and acceptance of one's sexuality, including values, beliefs, and boundaries; to strengthen risk assessment, healthy decision-making, communication, and negotiation; and to support youth leadership in the development of age-appropriate and culturally competent programming.
Services: Education Program (includes 4 workshops based on a peer-mentoring framework); an interactive Web site (www.planethead.ca); youth-produced on-line magazine; education and promotional materials designed by and for youth including condom cartoon packages and tattoos; media campaigns; and public education and outreach at youth-oriented events.
Youth Involvement: Youth play a key role in all of Condomania's programming, including leading workshops in schools and developing educational materials.
Age Range: 12-15
Language: English

Gab Youth Services at The Centre
1170 Bute St., Vancouver, BC V6E 1Z6
Phone: (604) 684-4901
Fax: (604) 684-5309
E-mail: gabyouth@lgtbcentrevancouver.com
Web site: www.lgtbcentrevancouver.com
Contact: Nancy Hay

Gab Youth
Description: A drop-in program for queer and questioning youth and their friends.
Goals: To provide a cool place for youth to hang out and meet people that have similar questions about sexual orientation and gender identity; and to provide a range of programs and services for queer and questioning youth.
Services: Two weekly drop-ins; individual one-on-one support and advocacy; referrals; and interactive and educational workshops on safer sex, drugs, relationships, anti-homophobia, sexual orientation, gender identity, and more.
Youth Involvement: Youth participate in bi-monthly program planning meetings, and assist as workshop leaders.
Age Range: 12-25
Language: English

Healing Our Spirit
100-2425 Quebec St., Vancouver, BC V5T 4L6
Phone: (604) 879-8884
Fax: (604) 879-9926
E-mail: info@healingourspirit.org
Web site: www.healingourspirit.org
Contact: Derrick Maier and Sue Ann Phillips

Education Program
Description: The Education Program provides education workshops on HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, STIs, Healthy Sexuality and Relationships, Aboriginal Health Challenges, and Wellness. A large portion of the work is done with Aboriginal youth in urban and rural areas and on reserves.
Goal: To increase awareness and promote the prevention of HIV/AIDS in urban, rural and remote Aboriginal communities throughout British Columbia.
Services: Education workshops on topics listed above.
Youth Involvement: Youth educators lead the workshops and youth guest speakers are sometimes included as part of the workshops.
Age Range: 12 and up
Language: English

Transgender Health Program
Three Bridges Community Health Centre, 1292 Hornby St., Vancouver, BC V6Z 1W2
Phone: (604) 734-1514
Fax: (604) 844-2223
E-mail: transhealth@vch.ca
Web site: www.vch.ca/transhealth
Contact: Winn Buchwitz

Transgender Youth Drop-in
Description: A twice-monthly drop-in run by and for trans youth and trans-positive loved ones (friends, siblings, partners, etc.). It provides a place to meet other youth who are interested in trans issues, make art and zines, eat free snacks and get information about local resources. Participants and facilitators include youth who are HIV positive.
Goal: To decrease social isolation experienced by trans youth and their loved ones, and to create a safe space for trans and questioning youth to socialize and access trans friendly health care and resources.
Services: Peer-led social drop-in; and on-site program coordinator assists youth in crisis and takes drop-in appointments for referrals, advocacy, or other general program services.
Youth Involvement: A group of transgendered youth meets monthly to determine policy, procedures, direction and focus for the drop-in.
Age Range: 23 and under
Language(s): English (interpretation in signed or spoken language(s) can be arranged upon request - advance notice needed).

YouthCO AIDS Society
205-1104 Hornby St., Vancouver, BC V6Z 1V8
Phone: (604) 688-1441
Fax: (604) 688-4932
E-mail: information@youthco.org
Web site: www.youthco.org

Description:
YouthCO AIDS Society is a non-pro?t organization working to involve youth ages 15-29 from all communities in addressing HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and related issues. YouthCO is Canada's only youth-driven HIV/AIDS agency.
Goal: To provide youth with the information and tools they need to make safer and more informed choices regarding drug use, sexual activities and other risk behaviors.
Services: Educational initiatives and support services to youth infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS and/or hepatitis C; outreach; prevention and education training; volunteer opportunities; and advocacy.
Youth Involvement: All staff, Board of Directors, volunteers and peer educators are youth; and consultations with youth from the broader community (i.e. focus groups, advisory committees, etc.) happen on a regular basis.
Age Range: 15-29
Language: English

VICTORIA

Victoria AIDS Resource and Community Services Society (VARCS)
1284F Gladstone Ave., Victoria, BC V8T 1G6
Phone: (250) 388-6220
Fax: (250) 388-7011
E-mail: varcs@shaw.ca
Web site: www.varcs.org
Contact: Michael Yoder

Mobile X (mobile needle exchange)
Description: Mobile X provides clean rigs and injecting equipment for youth on the street. Mobile X also uses volunteers, outreach workers from other agencies and nurses from street nursing and a street clinic to assist people with medical issues.
Goal: To reduce the spread of HIV and hepatitis C by providing clean injecting equipment, education and resources for people who use injection drugs, including youth.
Services: Needle exchange, education, resources.
Age Range: 20-29
Language: English

WILLIAMS LAKE

Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake & District
17 South 4th Ave., P.O. Box 6084, Williams Lake, BC V2G 3W2
Phone: (250) 392-5730
Fax: (250) 392-5743

HIV/AIDS Prevention
Description: The Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake is a non-pro?t agency which focuses on providing youth with outreach services related to the prevention of HIV/AIDS, STIs and blood borne pathogens.
Goal: To prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C and STIs by providing up-to-date and relevant information.
Services: Non-judgemental support; updated information and resource library; treatment information; free condoms (male/female); presentations on HIV/AIDS, safe behaviors and harm reduction; outreach; and information and support for PLWHIV/AIDS.
Youth Involvement: Youth are involved as peer educators and are trained by YouthCO AIDS Society.
Age Range: 13-24
Language: English

 
 
 
 
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