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 use. We also believe that these spaces should be designed by youth for youth in ways that are specific to our communities, cultures, and experiences.

You will learn how to use your stories and experiences to create and deliver arts-based workshops and resources to your community. You will also have the opportunity to make digital stories that share your experiences becoming a peer educator. And, better yet: you won’t be doing it alone. Every participant will be matched with a youth mentor.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be between the ages of 16 and 29
  • Live or be sleeping in Toronto
  • Have an interest in sexual health, harm reduction and HIV education
  • Be able to identify a group of people you would like to present a workshop to (e.g. local youth drop in).
  • Be available for training twice per week (Wednesday evenings and Saturdays afternoons) from September to December, 2013
  • Be available to facilitate your workshop from January to March, 2014.

Participants will be provided an honorarium ($$$) for facilitating their workshops and for each training they complete. TTC tokens and food will also be provided.

Get Involved! Apply Now!

If you’re passionate about HIV and 29 or under, we want to hear from with you! To see the work we’ve done in the past, visit To apply, please complete the application below before September 3, 2013. Selected participants will be notified the following week. Training will begin Sept. 25, 2013. We look forward to hearing from you!

For more information about the project or application please contact Sarah Switzer, Empower Project Coordinator at 416-703-8482, ext. 143 or by email at Our health centre is physically accessible. Please let us know about other accessibility needs.

This project was made possible by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

This project is a collaborative project between Central Toronto Community Health Centre and Gendering Adolescent AIDS Prevention.

Empower Call for Participation 2013