Making the Annapolis Valley a better place for LGBTQ youth and our allies

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Welcome!  Below you’ll find news and events about the Valley Youth Project, an organization dedicated to connecting LGBTQ youth and our allies across the Annapolis Valley.  If you’re new, you might want to read more about who we are and why we’re here.

Horton High Rainbow Prom

If you’re a student at an Annapolis Valley school, you’ll want to save the date for this one. Horton High is hosting a “Dance for People of All Genders and Sexualities,” and it’s coming up soon. They’ve got a gorgeous full-colour poster you can use to help promote the event, too, but in case it’s not readable on your device, details are below.

Rainbow Prom

What: Rainbow Prom

When: Friday, June 6, 7pm to 10pm

Where: Horton High

Who: Annapolis Valley students of all genders and sexualities

How Much: $4


Get yer tickets at the door or email, and don’t forget to bring your student ID.


Join us for our April 16th drop-in for a fun craft night. We will bring supplies for colouring and origami. If you have a portable craft that you’d rather work on, bring it with you. As always, there will be snacks and good company. See you at 6:30!


We’re playing games again at the next Drop In on Wednesday, April 2. We have some board games, video games, foosball, ping pong and air hockey.  Skill or experience is not required  - we can teach and coach if necessary.  If you have a favourite game you would like to share, bring it along.    We’ll have snacks to keep you going.

Drop In runs from 6:30 – 8:30, in Room 128 (once inside, follow the VYP signs), of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St., New Minas.

We would  like to know your suggestions for future activities. Please share your ideas of what you enjoy doing while hanging out with friends. Let us know at Drop In, or leave a comment or contact us

boots of butt kicking

It’s Players Choice at our next Drop In on Wednesday, March 19. We’ll have board games, video games, and table games set up, and you can play your choice.  Skill or experience is not required.  If you have a favourite game you would like to share, bring it along.  Spectators and Cheerios are welcome.   Refreshments will be on hand to keep you energized for play.

Drop In runs from 6:30 – 8:30, in Room 128 ( follow the signs), of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St., New Minas.


We have re-scheduled this session from February 5 which was postponed due to weather conditions.  So you have a second chance to try your hand at rug-hooking.

Local artist Margaret Forsey will join us at the next Drop In on  Wednesday, March 5, to demonstrate her rug hooking techniques.  This image to the left is an example of her work.

In this workshop, you will learn the basics of how to create a hooked rug.  By re-using old clothing and textiles, you can create an eco-friendly work of art!

Margaret will have supplies to share so we may all try the art of rug hooking.   This is a great use for old clothes you no longer wear but can’t part with. The best fabrics are jersey (like old t-shirts), and polar fleece. Yarn and ribbon can also be used.  So feel free to bring your own bits and pieces to add to the fabric that Margaret will provide.

Margaret Forsey is a textile artist who lives in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. She studied art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has exhibited her art across Canada, and has completed artists residencies at the Craft Council of Newfoundland in St. John’s, NL, and at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon.

Drop In runs from, 6:30 – 8:30 in Room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St, New Minas.

We’ll have our usual go-round of introductions and catch-up with what’s new, before we get into the rug making,  along with snacks and soft drinks.  If you need more information, use the “Contact Us” tab or leave a comment. All Trans*, Bi-Sexual, Lesbian,  Gay and Questioning youth, 25 years and younger are welcome. And your friends can come along with you.

Feb 19 Drop In: Zine Making

Zanne HandleyGot a story to tell?  We know you do!  Zanne Handley, local author, teacher, and zine-maker, will walk us through making our own zines.  Bring craft supplies or use ours — we’ve got a cupboard full.

If you haven’t come across this art-form/self-publishing technique, you’re in for a treat.  Zines are small “magazine” type booklets, usually photocopied and stapled together.  You can add your own drawings, writings, interesting material printed out from a website or cut out of a magazine, and anything else that strikes your fancy.  We’ll have examples for you to read and draw inspiration from if you choose.

We look forward to seeing you from 6:30 – 8:30 in room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, New Minas.  Snacks, soft drinks, and awesome conversation are assured.

Unfortunately, because of bad weather, this evening’s drop-in is cancelled. Our next drop-in will be on February 19th. We hope to see you then! In the meantime, be safe in the snow.


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