CANFAR is dedicated to preventing HIV through educating Canadian youth about HIV prevention, mental health, gender and sexual diversity, healthy relationships, harm reduction, and resilience.
One and All aims to actively engage youth in discussions about HIV, while providing them reliable and accurate information to ensure that the next generation of youth will have the tools to make safer, healthier, and more informed decisions.
We want to increase awareness and understanding of HIV among youth – one and all.
Youth Living with HIV
Youth Unleashing Power: A Pozitive Youth Symposium (YUP) is the first multi-day symposium created by and for HIV- and HCV-positive youth.
First conceptualized by Piotr Burek and Sarah Wilson from the Vancouver Island Persons living with HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS), YUP has grown into an annual event that focuses on creating a space where positive youth can learn about pressing issues in the HIV and HCV communities while networking with and supporting one another.
With the help of YouthCO and CANFAR in 2017 and 2018, Youth Unleashing Power has brought over 40 positive youth together to attend workshops, presentations, and talking circles facilitated by positive youth.
YUP is a transformative experience—it is a space dedicated to positive youth with healing elements that are life-changing for many of the youth who feel isolated in their own communities. Youth Unleashing Power allows positive youth to develop meaningful relationships with their peers, which combats isolation, strengthens their resolve, and creates a community based on mutual aid and support.