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.

Dec 7: Valley-Wide GSA Night

Don’t forget that our next drop-in, on Dec. 7, is GSA Night! Participants are welcome from Pride Societies, Gender and Sexuality Alliances, and other groups that make the Annapolis Valley more awesome for 2SLGBTQI+ Youth. For this drop-in, we’re pulling out all the stops; we’ll have the button maker, gender-creative colouring pages, library books, and games available, in an open-format evening.  Try all or none of the activities, share snacks, catch up with old friends, and meet new people.  At least two adult facilitators are always on-site to introduce people, keep supplies and snacks topped up, help out, or just offer a listening ear.

Transportation (via van service or cab) is free from anywhere in Hants, Annapolis, and Kings county if you sign up by Friday, Dec. 2. Bring your whole group, or whoever can make it, and meet folks from far and near.

What: Socialize, read, colour, play, eat, and meet people from across the Valley

When: 6:30 -8:30PM, Wed. Dec. 7

Where: Room 128, Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St. New Minas.

If you can’t stay the whole time, that’s fine — you can arrive or leave at any time in-between. There is no membership or registration, just show up. If you’re new to the building, just follow the Valley Youth Project signs to the room with the Rainbow Flag on the door. We’ll have snacks and drinks for all.

Sophie Bérubé  will be joining us again at Drop In on November 16, to give a little guidance on creative writing. Sophie is a published author, and literacy instructor with the Valley Community Leaold-typewriterrning Association.   She will be guiding us through some exercises to help get your ideas into text. These exercise will be entertaining and useful for the beginner and experienced writer. We’ll also have some art supplies on hand, in case you’re more of an illustrator.

Drop In runs from 6:30 – 8:30 in Room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, Commercial St.,  New Minas.     It’s on the Kings Transit route (we have bus tickets for your trip home), or you can make a Transportation Request, and we’ll arrange and pay for your ride, both to and from Drop In.  It works best for us if you can make your request at least 48 hours before you need to be picked up.

 

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GSA Night at the VYP is Dec 7! In one way it’s a regular drop-in, but in another way it’s so much more. Is your GSA, SAGA, Pride society, or similar group looking for a fun activity you can do together? The theme of our Dec. 7 drop-in is celebrating Gender and Sexuality Alliances — in all their forms.

When: Dec 7, 2016, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Where: Rm 128, Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St., New Minas

As always, all youth 25 and under are welcome — but GSA participants are the guests of honour. Bring your entire GSA and meet others from around the Valley for a relaxed evening of food, socializing, books, and games. We’re putting the word out early to give groups time to plan. Feel free to discuss carpool arrangements in the facebook event, but also keep in mind that we can provide free transportation if you let us know a few days in advance.

Also as always, there will be food, games, books from our library, and good conversation. Transportation is always free from anywhere in Annapolis, Hants, or Kings counties — just sign up in advance.

600_451653969Andrew Turpin, from Valley Game Night, will be a our guest facilitator at our Nov. 2 Drop In. (We had to postpone his earlier visit scheduled for October 5. )  Andrew will tell us all about Valley Game Night, and the game nights that are happening in our area, and he’ll have a selection of board games for us to try out. You don’t need gaming experience to play along.

Drop In runs from 6:30 -8:30 in Room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St. New Minas. If you need a ride to Drop In, make a request on our Transportation Request page. We’ll arrange the ride at no cost to you.

We get things started at 6:30 and quit at 8:30, but you can arrive or leave at any time in-between. There is no membership or registration, just show up. If you’re new to the building, just follow the Valley Youth Project signs to the room with the Rainbow Flag on the door. We’ll have snacks and drinks to help keep your game skills sharp.

14686446_10157629939730593_1196056418_nWe’re getting into the Halloween mood at our October 19 Drop In, with some pumpkin decorating. We’ll have small pumpkins and supplies to make your own jack-o-latern that you can take home with you.

You’re also welcome to show off your Halloween costume, or favourite cosplay gear, a little early.  Dressing up isn’t required, but feel free to if you’re in the mood.

Drop In is at the usual time and place, 6:30-8:30 in Room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St., in New Minas.  Look for the room with the rainbow flag hanging on the door. We’ll have snacks and drinks.

If you need a ride, send in  a Transportation Request.  We welcome all LGBTQ2S+ / MOGAI youth 25 years and younger – and you can bring a friend. Got a question – send it with the Contact Us button.

Andrew Turpin, from Valley Game Night, will be a our guest facilitator at the Oct. 5 Drop In.  Andrew will tell us all about Valley Game Night, and the game nights that are happening in our area, and he’ll have a s600_451653969election of board games for us to try out. No gaming experience required to play along.

Drop In runs from 6:30 -8:30 in Room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St. New Minas.  If you need a ride to  Drop In, make a request on our Transportation Request page. We’ll arrange the ride at no cost to you.

We get things started at 6:30 and quit at 8:30, but you can arrive or leave at any time in-between. There is no membership or registration, just show up. If you’re new to the building, just follow the Valley Youth Project signs to the room with the Rainbow Flag on the door. We’ll have snacks and drinks to help keep your game skills sharp.

 

Drop In Returns Sept. 21

9016_A-rainbow-leaf-on-the-grass-with-rain-dropsDrop In returns Wednesday September 21, 2016. We’re looking forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new folks.  Come tell us about your Summer adventures.  We’ll break out some games – maybe even the button maker. Bring along your ideas for more Drop In activities we can do.

The details remain the same:  Drop In runs from 6:30-8:30 in Room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St., New Minas.  Once inside the LMCC, follow the VYP signs to the door with the Rainbow Flag.

We welcome all LGBTQ+ / MOGAI youth 25 years and under, and your friends. There is no membership, or registration – just show up and join in. The facilitators take some time at the start of each Drop In to introduce and check in with everyone, and review our guidelines before we get into our activities.

If you’re taking Kings Transit, get off at the Ken Wo Golf Course, or the Flower Cart stops. The LMCC is a short walk,  between these two stops. We have bus tickets to get you back home. Make sure to check the Transit Schedule so you don’t miss the last bus home. If you’re not on the bus route, we offer free transportation.  Submit a request from our Transportation Request page, preferably two days before Drop In, and we’ll get back to you with the details of your ride.

Any questions? Use the Contact Us button or leave a comment. Looking forward to seeing you!