what to expect

Youth Unleashing Power was developed with the intention of creating a dedicated space for HIV and Hepatitis C positive young adults (18 – 32) to connect and create community. Positive youth who are attending the symposium are encouraged to share the work that they do in their home communities and their personal experiences.

This is not a conference with 8 hours a day of presentations and workshops. While there is plenty of time for sharing of knowledge and experience, the organizers believe that relationship building is equally important to structured sessions. With that in mind, past symposiums have been unique in that they have offered lots of unstructured time, recreational activities, sharing circles, movie nights, and campfires. We have also offered community acupuncture and massage services to participants at no additional cost.

Past presentations have included: participants’ personal stories; facilitated discussions on disclosure, consent and criminalization; the impact of technology on relationships; and digital storytelling, just to name a few.

There will be no Youth Unleashing Power symposium in 2019, please check back in early 2020 for updates