BrAIDing with a Social Twist

BrAIDing with a Social Twist is a free hairdressing and health promotion program for Young women in North West Toronto.

Braiding with a Social Twist is an innovative program to teach youth and young adults between the ages of 18-29 about sexual health and braiding techniques. Using a peer-based model where African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) facilitators who have a background in HIV research/service provision/outreach facilitate workshops with ACB youth participants on braiding techniques, hair care, healthy relationships, sexual health and HIV/AIDS. Participants will have the opportunity at the end of the program to provide one-on-one hair braiding sessions to engage clients in conversations around sexual health; hair care and wellbeing. Youth will also plan a number of community events to highlight their acquired hair dressing skills as well as to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in the ACB community.

We would like to recognize some of our partners: Black Creek Community Health Centre, Rexdale Hub, The York University-TD Community Engagement Centre, Our Hair and Our Skin, Miss Afropolitan Magazine and Beauty Pageant.

Young Men's Prison Project

Roy McMurtry Project is a project to engage young men in detention in conversations around HIV/AIDS and sexual health while they get braided. This is a completely volunteer based program. This program has been very beneficial in informing us about youth trends and how to work best with young men. Look out for program evaluations! This program is funded in part by Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Secondary & Post Secondary Campaigns

BrAIDS for AIDS has held campaigns all across Canada. BrAIDS for AIDS Campaigns have been held at the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Ryerson, York University, Sheridan College, Laurentian University. Students braid students hair and have quick quizzes on HIV/AIDS prevention

To hold a school campaign, please contact us at

Volunteering & Careers

As BrAIDS for AIDS continues to grow, we seek the support of volunteers and new staffing. Any information on new careers, would be provided on our News Section. For volunteering, please contact

Here are some of our standard volunteer postings (Click each to learn more):





Health Promotion