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.

Colour me Queer!

Markers, coloured pencils, crayons, fancy sketching pens–we have everything you need for colouring and sketching night. We’ll also have loads of colouring sheets, plain paper, glitter and, of course, snacks! Do you keep a sketchbook, or have a creative project that you’re working on? Bring it with you to share with the gang.gay glasses

We’ll start at our usual time of 6.30, at our usual place, the Louis Millet Centre in New Minas. If you want more details about how drop-in works, check out the rest of our website for information; if you need (free!) transportation, be sure to fill out the request form on the transportation page at least two days in advance.

Drop-in is a safe and sober space open to folks in the LGBTQ community 25 years old and under. Allies are also most welcome to join us!

Get Your Game On

It’s been a while, so we’re breaking out the games again at our next Drop In on March 1, 2017. Do you have a favourite game you’d like share? Bring it along and be ready to teach your pals. Of course, we’ll have our regular selection, including Pandemic and Apples to Apples. If you’d like something more active, we always have air hockey available.

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. Be aware that 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 25 years and younger, and your friends. You don’t have to self-identify. There is no membership required. Just show up.

As always, we have free snacks and drinks. Also, our lending library will be open and various pamphlets from local organizations are there for the taking.

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Valley Youth Project rainbow heart logoThe Valley Youth Project is accepting applications from people interested in facilitating at our drop-in evenings.  If you enjoy working with youth and have a few hours per month to share, learn more about what we’re looking for and get in touch!

Feb. 15 Drop In: Bowling

super-powers We’re going bowling for our February 15 Drop In. We’ll be meeting at Fairlanes Bowling Centre  at 8826 Commercial Street in New Minas, from 6:30 -8:30.   Please join us whether it’s your first time bowling or you have a shelf full of trophies. You can learn how to play, or show off your skills, or watch in amazement and cheer on your friends.

Please note that we will not be going to our usual location for this Drop In.

The Fairlanes is at the west end of New Minas, just before you head into  Kentville. If you need a ride, fill out a Transportation Request and we’ll make arrangements for you.  Please make a request at least 2 days in advance, to help make it easier for our organizers.

The usual VYP guidelines apply to this event even though we’re not at our usual location. All 25 year and younger LGBTQ+ folk,  are welcome.  If you have any questions, use the Contact Us button.

We have a couple things going on at the February 1 Drop In.  First, we will have all your Clay Ground pottery creations from last Drop In for you to pick up. If you can’t be there to pick up your piece this we1987ek, we will hang on to them all until you can get to Drop In again.

With Pink Triangle Day approaching  – also known as Valentine’s Day – we thought we would  use our art supplies to make our own greeting cards and buttons.  It’s not always easy finding the words we want to say in our local card shop – so here’s your chance to create your own queer, or anti-, valentine  sentiments.

Check out this website – Pink Triangle Day – to find out how this celebration came to be thanks to some Nova Scotia activists, back in 1979.

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. New Minas.  The LMCC is between the Ken Wo  Golf Course and Flower Cart bus stops on the Kings Transit route. If you need a ride, submit a Transportation Request, to arrange a ride at no charge to you.

 

 

 

We’re going on a field trip to The Clayground  for our January 18, 2017 Drop In.   The Clayground is a  palogoint-it-yourself pottery studio in Wolfville. You can find more about the studio at their website here www.theclaygroundstudio.ca .  This is where we made our little monster mascots that hang out at Drop In.

We have reserved the space for our usual Drop In times from 6:30 – 8:30.  We’ll have a selection of pottery pieces that you can paint yourself, and take home with you. Instruction will be available if this is new to you, or if you need some reminders on technique.  If the pieces you paint need to be fired,  the VYP will pick them up later and you can get them at the next Drop In you attend.

We’ll be meeting at The Clayground studio located at 348 Main St., Wolfville, at 6:30, Wednesday, January 18. ( We will not be going to our usual space at the LMCC.)  If you need a ride, use the Transportation Request button to reserve transportation.  The VYP pays the fee.

We will do our usual check-in and review of guidelines before playing with the paint, and we’ll have snacks to fuel your creativity.  Leave a comment, or use the Contact Us  if you have a question.

 

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.