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.

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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.

Have a design or a slogan you’d like to see on a t-shirt? April 5th’s drop-in will be all about do-it-yourself customization of tees. We will have plain t-shirts available, but if you have a shirt, or any piece of clothing you’d like to enhance, bring it along! We’ll have fabric markers, paint, stencils, iron-on patches, glue and more so you can leave with an item that will be uniquely yours. 20170330_143550

We will be using acrylics, so you might want to wear something that you don’t mind getting stained!

Drop-in is a sober safer space open to youth in the LGBTQ community (and their allies). We operate out of the LMCC in New Minas from 6.30 until 8.30 on the first and third Wednesday of each month. If you’d like to come, but don’t have a ride, check out our transportation page on this website–we can get you to drop-in and back home again, for FREE!

Valley Youth Project rainbow heart logoWe are hosting a special Drop In just for parents and guardians on Wednesday April 12, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, in Room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St., New Minas. This Drop In is for you parents and guardians only.  You can bring along a friend, partner, or other adult family.   We hope to allow parents and guardians of youth who identify with the LGBTQ+ community, a chance to learn more about the Valley Youth Project’s activities and information we provide, and to meet others who share your interest.

We will follow our usual Drop In format, first welcoming participants with a review of our Drop In guidelines, followed by a round of introductions to check-in with participants about what’s new with them.  Our activity supplies, games, and library books, will be on display for your enjoyment.  We’ll have snacks and drinks. (All VYP events are drug and alcohol free.)

If you need a ride to Drop In, use the Transportation Request  button to request a ride from anywhere in Annapolis, Kings or Hants counties. There is no cost to you.  Submitting your request two or more days in advance of Drop In works best for us.

If interested, just drop in, you do not have to RSVP or sign up for anything.  Once in the LMCC,   follow the VYP signs to Room 128, with the big rainbow flag hanging on the door. The room is open before 6:30, and we get started at 6:30, but you can drop in later, and leave before 8:30 if needed.

A note for our regular participants: This is an extra Drop In session, so it doesn’t interfere with our regular Drop In schedule. Please feel free to share this with any of the adults in your family (however you define family)  who you wish knew more about the VYP and what we do.

UPDATE March 30: We have a winner!!! The winning name was drawn this morning, and the winner has been notified. Congratulations! So if you entered the contest and haven’t received a message from us, we’re sorry you didn’t win. For anyone who is going to the show, we would love to hear your thoughts about it at the next Drop In.

The VYP has two admission tickets to the Jake and Shaun’s Big Gay Affair   show that is playing at the Al Whittle Theatre, in Wolfville on Saturday April 1 at 7:00 pm.  For a chance to win this pair of tickets, simply send us a message using the Contact Us  button  (in the top right hand corner of this page.)  Be sure to say in your message that you are entering the ” Jake and Shaun” ticket draw, and include your name and the best way to contact you.  Send you message by midnight of Wednesday, March 29 to be included in the draw. We will  draw for the winner and inform them on Thursday morning. The winner can pick up the tickets at the theatre on the night of the performance before the show starts. The doors open at 6:30 pm.

You can see more details about the show at the Jake and Shaun’s Big Gay Affair FaceBook event page.   Here’s how they describe it: An evening of fun and frolic for the gay or the gay at heart. Let your fantasies run wild; let your hair down and inhibitions crumble. Feel sexy, feel sassy, feel sophisticated and get ready to participate in the making of a memory. On April 1st you are invited to help us celebrate gay pride in Jake and Shaun style. Comedy, glamour, lights and smash hits from days gone by. Joining them are some heavily talented goddesses such as Miranda Wrights, Jillian Duggan, Steven Cooke and more.

The VYP would like to thank the show’s producers for providing the tickets.  This is not a VYP event, so the VYP will not be providing transportation.

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!