Update Oct 16:
Youth 19 and over no longer need to attend with an adult supporter. Some dates have changed. See the details at the Heartwood website.
How should our communities be responding to sexual violence? How should we be preventing it? The Government of NS is asking young people around the province to bring their ideas to a series of conversations happening over the next two months.
Here in New Minas, they will be hosting a conversation for GLBTQ+ youth on Friday, Dec 12.
Have something to say? Want to make sure young people’s stories and experiences are represented? Check out the information below.
Are you an adult ally to GLBTQ+ youth? You can help spread the word by passing this info along to youth who might want to participate, putting up a poster (below), joining the conversation as the community support worker, or making yourself available as a support person to a youth participant.
Conversations are happening in many communities around the province, and you don’t have to go to the one nearest you. Each one has a different theme, and people are welcome to attend the one that best suits them. There are conversations specifically for young people who identify as men or women, Aboriginal youth, youth who are immigrants or refugees, African Nova Scotian youth and youth from racialized communities, as well as regional conversations for youth from the eastern, western, northern, and central regions of the province (see below for map).
- What: Conversation about NS Sexual Violence Strategy
- Who: GLBTQ+ youth, 14-25 years old
- When: Friday, Dec 12, 10 AM – 3 PM
- Where: New Minas, venue TBA
- Contact: Briana Miller
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: (902) 233-2679
Registration is free; you only need to RSVP. Some subsidies are available for travel, and possibly for childcare (details are still being finalized); you can get more information from Briana.
Because of the possibly heavy and sensitive topic, youth 18 and under must attend with an adult that they trust and have a professional relationship with. The adult will not be in the room during the consultation, but must be available throughout the day. If you would like one of the Youth Project volunteers to be your adult supporter, please let us know and we will try to support as many youth as possible.
Registration forms and details are available on the Heartwood website.
Are You a Community Support Worker?
Organizers are also calling for a community support worker to attend each conversation. There is a stipend available; experience supporting people who have experienced sexual violence is an asset but not required. For more information, see the Heartwood website.