Kootenay Boundary AIDS Network Outreach and Support
205-14th Ave. N., Cranbrook, BC V1C 3W3
Phone: (250) 426-3383
Fax: (250) 426-3221
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
Age Range: All ages
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
Age Range: Under 30
Interior Community Services
765 Tranquille Road, Kamloops, BC V2B 3J3
Phone: (250) 371-3086
Fax: (250) 376-3040
Web site: www.interiorcommunityservices.bc.ca
Contact: Kelly Gaudon
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
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
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
Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families
40 Begbie St., New Westminster, BC V3M 3L9
Phone: (604) 526-2522
Fax: (604) 526-6546
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
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
Positive Living North
1-1563-2nd Ave., Prince George, BC V2L 3B8
Phone: (250) 562-1172
Fax: (250) 562-3317
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
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
Services: Prevention education workshops, support
Youth Involvement: Youth actively participate in all
Age Range: All ages
C-Sharp (Columbia-Shuswap HIV/AIDS Resource Project)
Box 154, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4N3
Phone: (250) 804-8823
Fax: (250) 804-8825
Contact: Randy Ferguson
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
Services: Education presentations.
Youth Involvement: Youth actively participate in the
school-based HIV/AIDS education program.
Age Range: 12-18
BC Coalition of People with Disabilities
204-456 Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1R3
Phone: (604) 875-0188
Fax: (604) 875-9227
Web site: www.bccpd.bc.ca/wdi/educnews.html
Contact: Shelley Hourston
HIV/AIDS Prevention for Youth: A Newsletter for
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
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
Community Based Research
122-1628 West 1st Ave., Vancouver, BC V6J 1G1
Phone: (604) 736-0091
Fax: (604) 736-9120
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
520 West 6th Ave., Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H5
Phone: (604) 708-5326
Fax: (604) 730-7660
E-mail: email@example.com 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
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
Gab Youth Services at The Centre
1170 Bute St., Vancouver, BC V6E 1Z6
Phone: (604) 684-4901
Fax: (604) 684-5309
Web site: www.lgtbcentrevancouver.com
Contact: Nancy Hay
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
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,
Youth Involvement: Youth participate in bi-monthly program
planning meetings, and assist as workshop leaders.
Age Range: 12-25
Healing Our Spirit
100-2425 Quebec St., Vancouver, BC V5T 4L6
Phone: (604) 879-8884
Fax: (604) 879-9926
Web site: www.healingourspirit.org
Contact: Derrick Maier and Sue Ann Phillips
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
Youth Involvement: Youth educators lead the workshops
and youth guest speakers are sometimes included as part
of the workshops.
Age Range: 12 and up
Transgender Health Program
Three Bridges Community Health Centre, 1292 Hornby
St., Vancouver, BC V6Z 1W2
Phone: (604) 734-1514
Fax: (604) 844-2223
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
YouthCO AIDS Society
205-1104 Hornby St., Vancouver, BC V6Z 1V8
Phone: (604) 688-1441
Fax: (604) 688-4932
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
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
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
Victoria AIDS Resource and Community Services Society
1284F Gladstone Ave., Victoria, BC V8T 1G6
Phone: (250) 388-6220
Fax: (250) 388-7011
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
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
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
Youth Involvement: Youth are involved as peer educators
and are trained by YouthCO AIDS Society.
Age Range: 13-24