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.

Get a head start on Halloween treats this coming Wednesday at the Valley Youth Project’s regular drop-in event for 2SLGBTQI+ youth.  We regularly have between thirty and forty attendees from all over the Annapolis Valley, so this is a great chance to meet new people and build community. Costumes (especially super gay ones) are encouraged, but not required.

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We are located in the Cafeteria of the NSSC Kingstec Campus  at 236 Belcher St., Kentville. Use the main entrance, sign in at the security desk, and follow the signs to the elevator, which will take you directly to the drop-in space. We are open from 6:30 to 8:30.  You can arrive and leave when you want, but you can’t come back in once you sign-out for that night.

Want to come, but don’t have a ride? Check out the transportation page on our website; you can book a free drive to drop-in, but you need to do it two days in advance of the event (so, by Monday afternoon at 3.30.)

We have access to both multi-stall gendered washrooms and an all-genders-welcome washroom. Please refrain from bringing or wearing scented products to drop-in.

Something you might not know about the VYP: we provide free condoms and pregnancy tests, no questions asked. We also can help if you’re in need of a gaff or binder–just shoot us an email!

 

Visit our Library @ Drop-in!

Next session is October 3!

If you haven’t been to drop-in for a while, or you’re a complete noobie, you’ll notice we are now located in the cafeteria of the NSSC Kingstec Campus  236 Belcher St., Kentville.  Please use the main entrance near the parking lot, then sign in at the security desk, and follow the VYP posters to our second-floor space.

Although we don’t do whole-group check-ibookisgayn anymore, we still have name tags for your name and pronoun. Also, we have lots of healthy snacks, queer colouring pages, art supplies, modelling clay, Legos, board games, and a free lending library (including featured novel: This Book is Gay.)

We still have our free-to-you transportation service. If you need a ride, submit a Transportation Request by the Monday before drop-in. You will receive a confirmation from us with the details about your ride.

Access notes:

  • There are two multi-stall gendered washrooms and one single stall non-gendered washroom. We support you in using the washroom you are most comfortable with.
  • There is an elevator for second floor access.
  • Some of our participants have environmental sensitivities; please avoid using scented products prior to drop-in.

Fall Drop-in, Sept 19!!

Have you missed us? We’ve missed you! We’re starting up our regular drop-in schedule again, beginning on the 19th of September. Come hang out with us and meet new people, 20180704_190242(2)or catch up with old friends. This is also a great chance to have a look at our lovely little library, or get some information on local resources. Here are the details:

  • Drop-in is located at NSCC Kingstec at 236 Belcher Street in Kentville. Once you get into the building, just follow the signs.
  • We’re open from 6.30 – 8.30 pm, but you can come anytime in that period!
  • We operate on the first and third Wednesday of every month (except September, where we skip the first Wednesday).
  • Drop-in is free, and so are the snacks!
  • Things we will have on hand: art supplies, super gay colouring pages, clay, books, puzzles, board games, cards, and Legos. We have lots of free info on safer sex, plus condoms and lube.
  • There is a multi-gender single stall washroom available as well as multi-stall gendered washrooms. We will always support you in using the washroom you’re most comfortable with.
  • Allies are welcome!
  • A minimum of two adult facilitators, who are members of the community, will be present at every drop-in.
  • If you need a ride and live in Hants, Kings, or Annapolis County, we have you covered. Check out the “Transportation” page on our website to sign up for a free lift.

Rainbow flagHere is a list of some events celebrating Pride that are going in the Annapolis Valley in July, 2018.  Check out our Facebook page for links to event details as they are posted.

*Pride Flag Raising – July 14, 4:00 pm, Waterfront Park in Wolfville. Speakers will include folks from the local Trans and Queer community. There will be cake!
*Pride at the Market – July 18, 4:00-7:00 pm, Wolfville Farmer’s Market. The Farmer’s Market will be decorated with Pride colours, and host displays from LGBTQ+ community groups.   Pride themed treats will be on sale. Drop by the VYP booth to say “Hi”.
*Pride Bicycle Ride – July 21.  On Saturday morning, cyclists will set out from Annapolis Royal to travel along the Harvest Moon Trail to Grand Pre.
*”The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert” – July 22, 8:00 pm, Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville.  This classic Australia road trip movie will kick off the Retro Blockbuster Summer Film series. Admission is $5.00. 
*Celebration of Spirit – July 29, 10:30 am, Acadia Chapel, Wolfville. A celebration service welcoming all.
*Pride 125 Acts of Kindness – This will be an ongoing campaign to incite acts of kindness amongst all folks. 

Please note that none of these are actual VYP events, so our usual transportation service does not apply.

33982910_10155341153141536_5316863169610645504_n.jpgTransportation is available again this year for Queer Prom in Halifax!  If you are 19 or under and coming from Hants, Kings, or Annapolis counties, we can arrange to pick you up, drive you to Halifax, and get you home afterwards.

There is no charge for transportation, but you MUST sign up by Friday June 15.

If you are 17 or younger, you must also forward to us or bring with you a 2018 Queer Prom Consent form signed by a parent or guardian.

If you have your own transportation, you are of course welcome to meet us there!

Details for the Dance

  • 8PM – 11PM
  • Atlantica Hotel, 1980 Robie St., Halifax
  • 19 and under
  • $5 Admission
  • Drug and alcohol free
  • Security and chaperones present
  • All bags must be checked at the coat check

More details about the dance are on the Nova Scotia Youth Project site, or the Queer Prom facebook event

 

Last Drop-in June 6

Join us for our final meeting before drop-in goes on break until the fall! That makes this *the* drop-in to say hello to that new person you’ve been wanting to meet. For entertainment we’ll have our regular snacks, games, books, queer colouring pages–and now, clay! (See Fanged Bunnydog below.) Of course, feel free to bring your sketchbook, ukulele, or that knitting you’ve been working on.

Yo20180516_194209.jpgu can find us at the NSCC Kingstec campus in Kentville, #236 Belcher Steet. Enter through the main door and sign-in at the Info Desk; it’s helpful if you use the name you will use during that night’s drop-in. Look for the VYP signs and they will direct you to our space. Though most people come for the whole time, you can arrive anytime after 6.30; we finish up at 8.30. And, if you need a ride, we have you covered. For people in Annapolis, Kings, or Hants County free transportation is available; you can find out more and sign up for this service by going to the Transportation Request page of our blog.

Drop-in was created for members of the 2SLGBTQI community 25 years old and under. Questioning folks and allies are warmly welcomed. If you have questions or concerns during drop-in (or just want to play a round of Apples to Apples) there are always two adult facilitators on hand.

 

 

 

Next Drop In: May 16

Valley Youth Project rainbow heart logoThere are only a couple more Drop Ins before we take a break for the Summer.  The next Drop In is Wednesday May 16.

We are now located in the Cafeteria of the NSSC Kingstec Campus  236 Belcher St., Kentville.  Use the main entrance, sign in at the security desk, and follow the signs. The space opens for 6:30 to 8:30.  You can arrive and leave when you want, but you can’t come back in once you leave for that night.

We have drawing and colouring supplies, games, library books,  free information, and snacks.

We still have our free-to-you transportation service. If you need a ride, submit a Transportation Request. 

If you have any other questions, use the Contact Us button at the top of the page.