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.

Valley Youth Project rainbow heart logoWe are hosting a special Drop In on June 21, just for those who are not our usual participants.  If you are curious about what happens at our Drop In, here is a chance to meet the facilitators, and experience what we do. We’ll follow our usual format, opening with a review of our participant guidelines, and a check-in with introductions. Then we’ll have our library, games, and activity supplies on display for you to try out.

Guest Drop In is 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Wednesday, June 21. In Room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St., New Minas.  Once inside, follow the signs to the room with the rainbow flag on the door. It’s okay to show up after 6:30, or leave before 8:30.

So if you’re a parent, a supporter (or would like to be), a GSA advisor, wanting to volunteer,  someone who works with youth, or would just like to sit in a safer queer space for a bit, we want to meet you, and have you experience our Drop In as a participant.

We will be accepting donations at our Drop In, but donating is not required to participate – participation is always free of charge.  We use our donations of cash to pay for activity supplies, snacks and drinks, and transportation to Drop In and other VYP events.

If you need a ride to and from Drop In, please submit a Transportation Request  and we will arrange a ride for you.  Instructions for making request are on the Transportation Request page.

 

stock-vector-children-playing-at-the-park-162678797June 7 is our last Drop In of this season so we are kicking off Summer with a bit of outside play.  We’ll start Drop In with the usual check-in at 6:30 in Room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, and then we’ll go out on the lawn for some fresh air, (weather permitting).

If you need a ride, send us a Transportation Request.  Giving us at least 2 days notice of a request works best for us.

All LGBTQ+ youth 25 years and under, and your friends are welcome to participate in our activities.

The Halifax office of the Youth Project is putting on a Queer Prom again, with no restrictions about whether you’re a student or what school you go to. The theme is Retro 1950s Sock Hop.  “Get your hair slicked back and your poodle skirt on… Come to the sock hop, have a milkshake at Pop & Pop’s Soda Shoppe, and maybe win the hula-hoop dance competition?! Join us for a bigger ballroom this year (!!), so more space to dance, hang out, and even some games to play that celebrate our often-erased queer & trans heroes from history, because queer has always been here!”

LGTBQ+ youth and allies are all welcome, and the Valley Youth Project will be providing free transportation.  Note that, unlike VYP drop-in, this event is for ages 19 and under.

EVENT DETAILS

  • Friday, June 23rd, 8pm – 11pm
  • Atlantica Hotel, Halifax
  • $5
  • Ages 19 and under

LEGAL STUFF

  • If you’re 17 or under, you need a permission form — see below!
  • If you’re 18 or older and you’re joining us for the ride, you need ID to get on the bus — see below!
  • Drug and alcohol free
  • Security will be present
  • Chaperones include YP staff, as well as other supportive volunteer adults

GETTING THERE

We will meet at the Louis Millett Community Centre at 6:30PM.  We expect to be back at the LMCC by 12:30AM.  If someone will be picking you up at the LMCC, you can tell them to meet you there at 12:30 that night.  If you would like to use VYP transportation to get from the LMCC to your home, your return time will be as soon after that as we can get you there.

If you would like to join us on the VYP bus to Halifax, just use the regular Transportation Request form, any time until Wed, June 14.  Make sure to let us know if we are picking you up at home or at the LMCC.

If you want to make your way there on your own, of course that’s great too.

Important Note!

To get on the bus, you MUST have either:

  • ID stating that you are 18 or older OR
  • A consent form from a parent or guardian

This is different from regular Valley Youth Project drop-in — and one of the only times we will ask to see ID.  You will not be required to show ID to anyone except VYP volunteers.  We understand that the name on your ID may not be the one you go by — we will do our best to make this as painless as possible, including only using the name you ask us to use.

You’re welcome to bring your fancy duds and change at the dance — an entire section of the hotel, including washrooms, is reserved.

As always, your contact info is 100% confidential. Make sure to give us a phone or email address where we can leave a message — we need contact info for each person attending in case of last-minute changes.

PERMISSION FORM

If you are 17 or under, you will also need a consent form that must be signed by a parent/guardian.  We can email you the form if you let us know in the comments; or, you can download and print it.  You can scan and email it back to us, or just bring it with you.

If your parent or guardian is dropping you off at the LMCC, we’ll have extras that they can sign right there and then.

Let the fun begin!

The Horton High GSA is hosting a conference for LGBTQ students and their friends on Saturday, June 3. The conference is FREE and open to any student between and including grades 8 and 12 (you don’t have to be in a GSA to attend). Don’t worry about the deadline on the poster; registrations are still being accepted. To secure a spot email Rachel at br401648@gnspes.ca now!

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We’ll be celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia at the May 17 Drop In, with a discussion about sex and sexuality, lead by guest facilitators Max and Tessa Janes.

Do you feel like you’re missing out on sex ed that speaks about the LGBTQ+  experience? Join us for this workshop that will focus on filling in the gaps between gossip and Google searches about how to stay safe, be kind to yourself, and learn the “Dos and Don’ts” of sex and sexuality.

Max and Tessa Janes are two trans, queer sex educators who have worked with peer support groups at Acadia University, creating awareness, and collecting resources, for women and LGBTQ+ folks. Together they aim to provide evidence-based, accessible education on gender health, relationship health and sexuality with a queer spin.  Max and Tessa also own a feminist bookstore and sex shop in Wolfville that provides education and resources for LGBTQ+ folks in the Annapolis Valley.

Drop In happens from 6:30 -8:30 pm in room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St, New Minas.  You can request a ride to and from Drop In using the Transportation Request button.  Our Drop In runs on the guiding principle of good faith cooperation amongst all participants.

Bored? Games!

It’s game night time! Join us for your choice of air hockey, cards, Jenga, Pandemic, Monopoly, Apples to Apples and more. If you have a favourite that you’d like to share, be sure to bring it along.

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Drop-in runs from 6:30 – 8:30 in room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex at 9489 Commercial St. in New Minas. Follow the signs to the door with the rainbow flag and you will find us. The multi-stall washrooms at the LMCC are gendered; together with the centre’s staff, we support you in using the washroom of your choice.

We welcome all queer youth (and their pals) 25 years and younger. You don’t have to self-identify and there is no membership required. Just show up anytime during drop-in and stay for as long as you’re able. If getting there and back is a problem, check out our transportation request page on the website. If you live in Annapolis, Kings, or Hants County we can arrange a FREE ride for you.

Pushing Buttons?

Come join us for queer button-making April 19 and go home wearing your own unique art. We’ll have plenty of supplies on hand to help inspire you, including magazines to cut up, markers, crayons, stickers, and lots of templates.

We will also have a special guest visitor from the Youth Project in Halifax; you won’t want to miss this!

The details are the pronounsame as always. We open for 6.30 and run until 8.30 at the LMCC in New Minas, but you can show up anytime during drop-in. All youth 25 and under are welcome to attend; no membership is required. If you need a (free) ride, check out our Transportation page for details about how to sign up.

Note: the washrooms at the Community Centre are gendered, multi-stall rooms. The staff at the Centre and the VYP organizers all support you in using the washroom of your choice.