Youth Research Symposium: Youth, Sexuality and Reproductive Justice 2013

GAAP is excited to announce that our annual Youth Research Symposium is almost here! This year, the topics will be Youth, Sexuality and Reproductive Justice.

The goal of the symposium is to bring together community youth and university students to share their research and artistic pieces on youth, sexuality and reproductive justice. During the symposium, students, youth, academics, policy makers, and community members working in, or interested, in these fields will network and engage in each other’s work.

When: Thursday March 28th, 2013 from 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Where: The William Doo Auditorium (45 Willcocks Street Toronto, Ontario)

*This venue is wheelchair accessible and ASL Interpreters will be present*

**This is a FREE and PUBLIC Symposium. If you plan to stay for lunch please register by Friday March 22, 2013*   For registration and inquiries please contact

Please have a look below for our event schedule! Click here for the presentation abstracts. Please click here for presenter bios.

Symposium Schedule of Events

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM – Registration

10:00 AM – 10:10 AM – Opening Remarks

10:10  AM – 11: 20 AM – Panel 1: Reaching Out – Reinvigorating Education on Sexual Health, Homophobia and Transphobia

1) Ashling Ligate: “Performing Education”

2) Maya Lefkowich & Elinor Keshet: “Let’s Hear it for the Boys”: Exploring Masculinities in an Effort to Tailor Sexual Health Programs to Young Men

3) Wendy Dobson, Ricardo Alleyne, and Anny Chen: “Home: A Queer  Experience”

11: 20 AM – 12: 30 PM – Panel 2: Critical Conversations: HIV/AIDS and the Social Determinants of Health

1) Jalpa Shah, David Christie, and Bridget Relyea: Scraps of Free Thinking: A comparative study of youth views on HIV transmission

2)  Nadha Hassen, Kashfia Alam, and Krista Richards: “Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in Practice: An Analysis of Black CAP’S Roots of Risk Programme

3) Kevin Egan: “Investigating non-adherence to HIV Treatment”

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch time poster and digital storytelling presentation

1) Ciann Wilson & Nakia Lee-Foon: “The Sex and YOUth project”

12:30  PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

1: 00 PM – 2: 00 PM – Keynote Speaker

1) Jessica Fields: “Rethinking Adolescence in Participatory sexuality Education”

2: 00 PM – 3: 00 PM – Community Knowledge

1) Griffin Centre: “Finding Our Compass: Strengthening LGBTQ Community and Disability Activism through the Arts”

3: 00 PM  3: 10 PM – Planned Parenthood Presentation

3: 10 PM – 4: 00 PM – Panel 3: ‪Youth for Youth: Education and Leadership in Sexual Health and Sexuality Studies‬

1) Ricky Rodrigues: “Totally OutRIGHT”: Creating Young Leaders in Gay and Bi Men’s Sexual Health

2) Zoë Newman, Nikkita Anderson, Alison Aston, Tamika Jarrett, Kulsoom Khan, Carmela Reina AND Michelle Sirju: “My Sexuality Studies Video Diaries”