Peer Education Videos

Peer Education Videos

Looking for ways to incorporate the arts into HIV prevention, sexual health or harm reduction work? You have come to the right place! The following videos were created by any amazing team of Empower youth participants to inspire other youth to take action in their own communities. We are thankful for the...
Empower Community Bulletins

Empower Community Bulletins

The following bulletins were developed for service providers working with youth. They are designed to probe reflection, provide knowledge and inspire action. These bulletins could not happen without the support, wisdom, and energy of Empower Youth participants and Mentors. Check them out: Our Model Empower – Arts Based Facilitation: Using...
Capacity Building

Capacity Building

EMPOWER: An HIV Capacity Building Project for Youth by Youth Empower is about equipping youth with the skills they need to create change in their own communities. Our Capacity-Building & Mentorship Program includes: Field Trips to local youth-serving HIV organizations Intergenerational Lunch with HIV Activists Serious skills: training in HIV/AIDS, sexual...
Workshops

Workshops

For a complete list of current workshops click here. What’s a peer education program without workshops? Our workshops are: Designed and facilitated by trained youth peer educators Empower peer educators have been trained in a variety of topics such as HIV, harm reduction, sexual health, anti-oppression facilitation and workshop development. They...
About Us

About Us

Empower uses the arts to train diversely situated youth to become HIV peer educators in their local communities. The goals of this project are to: Increase opportunities for youth engagement, peer education and HIV prevention through the arts. Increase the capacity of young people (16-29) to play an active role in locally...

Our Stories

Empower Youth Digital Stories In addition to building workshops for our different communities, each Empower participant creates a digital story where they share narratives exploring their work as HIV peer educators. These stories connect to HIV in indirect and direct ways: the stories explore challenges with homophobia and transphobia, finding community, issues of race and gender, about accessing resources in rural communities, disability, loss, colonialism, peer pressure and more. They speak to HIV prevention in a way that goes beyond just using a condom or a dental dam and speak to the many issues and challenges that youth face in accessing resources and making decisions around our bodies and communities. For a screening in your community, please contact us abykes@ctchc.com. Take a peak, these videos are really cool!             This project was generously funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of...
Our Approach

Our Approach

Let’s talk about sex. This project was designed for youth, by youth. We believe that youth need sex, queer, trans, and youth positive spaces to learn and talk about sex. We also believe that these spaces should be designed by youth for youth in ways that are community and culturally...
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Empower is Looking for Participants for Fall 2014! Check it out!

Empower is Looking for Participants for Fall 2014! Check it out!

Calling all Youth Peer Educators!  Interested in HIV and sexual health? Passionate about the arts? Aged 16-29?! Empower is an arts-based HIV project that trains youth to become HIV peer educators in our own communities. This project is designed for youth, by youth. We believe that youth need safer and positive spaces to learn in. ...
Calling all Youth Peer Educators!

Calling all Youth Peer Educators!

Interested in HIV and sexual health? Passionate about the arts? Under 29?! Empower is an arts-based HIV project that trains youth to become HIV peer educators in our own communities. This project is designed for youth, by youth. We believe that youth need safer and positive spaces to learn and talk about sex and drug...
Empower Mentor Job Posting (5 positions)—Closing Date: May 31, 2013

Empower Mentor Job Posting (5 positions)—Closing Date: May 31, 2013

After a short 5 month break, Empower is back in action! To kick start our program, Empower is hiring 5 new Mentor positions. Please see attached job posting. Program Description Empower uses arts-based approaches to train diverse Toronto youth (ages 16-29) to become HIV peer educators in their own communities. Empower works with a variety...