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.
Unicorns (who are jerks) will be joining us for colouring this coming Wednesday night. As always, we will have snacks on hand, and lots of crayons, markers, and coloured pencils to work with. Drop-in starts at 6.30 and ends at 8.30, but feel free to come anytime and stay as long as you like–no membership required!
Drop-in is here again already and we are playing board games. We have several on hand including: Monopoly, Apples to Apples, and Pandemic. If you have a board game that you’d love to share with the group, please bring it along. And don’t forget, this drop-in is another chance to put your name in to win the beautiful rainbow quilt that we’ll be giving away at our Christmas Party in December, so don’t miss out!
We’re meeting at the usual time and place: 6:30 – 8:30 at the Louis Millet Community Complex. Hope to see you there.
This Sunday, November 15th, queer author and scholar Lucas Crawford will be visiting the VYP! Lucas will be reading from his recently published book Sideshow Concessions.
“Sideshow Concessions is the first book from queer performer and scholar Lucas Crawford. A collection populated by the circus-like bodies and experiences of a narrator navigating rural pasts and urban presents, Sideshow Concessions is the unofficial story of someone who is both a bearded lady and the fattest man in the world.”
Although Lucas now lives in Vancouver, he grew up in Kingston, NS. We are the last stop on his cross-country book tour. Lucas is a tremendous scholar and a talented author (and a potato chip connoisseur), and we are delighted to host him at the VYP. You can find out more about Lucas here: https://www.sfu.ca/gsws/people/facultystaff/Ruth_Wynn_Woodward_Chair.html
The reading will take place on Sunday, November 15th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm in room 117 of the Louis Millet Community Complex in New Minas. The event is free and open to the public, so please bring your friends!
What would you say to teachers, parents, or doctors if you had a group of them together in a room? Are there ideas about sexual orientation and gender identity that you wish everyone knew?
The Valley Youth Project puts on workshops for adult professionals, and also sometimes for students in schools. Would you like to join us? Or, would you like to see what kinds of information we provide, and give us your suggestions? This week at drop-in, we’ll show you the 1-hour workshop we do with adults (you can see the handouts on the Workshops and Resources page of our website). Afterwards, there will be time to hear your suggestions about helping people really understand, and to talk about whether you might like to participate in these workshops in some way. There are lots of ways that youth can participate in workshops — from leading the whole thing to sitting in and answering questions at the end, to whatever you feel comfortable with.
We’re at the usual time and place, Wednesday at 6:30-8:30 in Room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, at 9489 Commercial Street in New Minas. If you’ve not been before, once inside the building, just follow the signs for the Valley Youth Project to the room with the rainbow flag on it’s door. We’ll have snacks to fuel your ideas and questions!
The Youth Project and the Dalhousie School of Social Work are pleased to partner in creating a celebratory art piece to recognize both the organization’s long history, and those who began it. The community is invited to help us create a mosaic in tribute to The Youth Project, Planned Parenthood NS, Brenda Richard, Maura Donovan, and Leighann Wichman. With the passing of Leighann Wichman in October 2014, both the Youth Project and Dal School of Social Work want to honour and remember her through this collaborative art piece.
Everyone with a connection to the organization and/or its founders are invited to join us at Clay Café in Halifax to paint a tile for the mosaic. The tiles will celebrate all the things the Youth Project and Leighann, Brenda, Maura and PPNS have brought to us; pictures, words, memories, phrases, and more, many things can be painted on these tiles! It’s whatever you want to be celebrated. We will provide some guidelines, but artistic expression is encouraged!
Once all the tiles are collected, they will be installed in the School of Social Work and revealed in a celebration. Our hope is that this brings us together to remember Leighann’s huge impact upon the community, and celebrates the hard work of Leighann, Brenda, Maura, PPNS and The Youth Project.
We are painting tiles at Clay Café (6413 Quinpool road, Halifax) on these dates, from 6:00-8:00 (tiles are provided at no cost):
- Wednesday, Oct 14th
- Thursday, Oct 15th
- Thursday, Oct. 22nd
- Wednesday, Oct. 28th
If you can’t make these dates, we can arrange a time for you to paint & contribute! Please connect with Brittany: email@example.com or 429-5429.
Don’t live nearby, but want to contribute?
Don’t live nearby, but want to contribute? Sponsor or Commission a tile! Two ways:
1) SPONSOR: Purchase one at your local pottery painting place (we can give you dimensions), paint it yourself and send it in!
2) COMMISSION: Send us what you want on a tile (images, words, colours – all up to you!), and we will have an artist paint it for you, at no cost to you. Send your ideas to Sheena (see below):
If you have any questions, please connect with: Sheena Jamieson
Got a favourite anime movie, series, or webisode you want to share? Curious about anime but not sure where to start? Looking for suggestions of new anime that’s queer-friendly? Bring your favourites and your questions. We’ll have open discussions, and time for people to show a short clip (10-15 minutes) of something they like or want to talk about.
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. It’s okay to arrive later than 6:30, or leave before 8:30. We welcome queer youth and friends, 25 years and under. There is no “membership” you need to join, just show up. We have snacks and drinks. Looking forward to seeing you there!
The Wolfville Area Pride Group is presenting a Harvest Pride celebration from October 21 – 25, 2015. You can read the list of activities and events on their Pride October 2015 poster, and keep up with event updates at their Facebook Page, Wolfville Area Pride Group.
The Valley Youth Project has been specifically invited to help out with two events: the Pride Flag Raising at 12:00 noon, Saturday Oct. 24 in Waterfront Park, Wolfville; and The Choir for Social Change concert, at 7:30 pm, October 24 in the Horton High School Performance Centre, Greenwich.
We have been asked to speak at the Pride Flag Raising. One of our facilitators, Myléne, will be saying a few words about the VYP, and they would be pleased if any of you Drop In participants or any LGBTQ+ Youth in the area would like to join them. Even if you don’t want to speak publicly, the VYP and Wolfville Area Pride Group would love to have you to be a part of the Flag Raising ceremony.
The Choir for Social Change Concert includes the voices of the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir, and Vox. Proceeds from this concert will be donated to the Valley Youth Project and the Don’t Be Afraid campaign. The Concert organizers invite volunteers to help out at this concert by taking tickets at the door, and handing out programs, or by being at the VYP information table along with the VYP facilitators, Krista, Myléne, Mike and Tim. You would have to show up at the Horton High School at about 6:30 pm, to greet concert goers, and then you could stay for the concert.
If you would like to volunteer to join the VYP at either, or both, of these events, please message us with the ‘Contact Us’ button, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make arrangements. If you think you would like to volunteer at the Concert, please let us know by Monday Oct. 19.
Hopefully you’ll be able to take in some or all of the activities.