The Valley Youth Project (VYP) is an Annapolis Valley-based non-profit organization run by three volunteers and residents of the Annapolis Valley: Mylène DiPenta, Tim Hughes, and Krista MacDonald. We facilitate twice-monthly drop-ins, with time for discussion and activities. We also provide workshops for youth and adults.
We hold organizing meetings once per month, where we make decisions by consensus. We reply to emails within no more than a week. If your message is something that we need to discuss at a meeting, we will let you know we’ve received it; be aware that our decision may have to wait until after the next organizing meeting.
The Halifax-based Nova Scotia Youth Project is our parent organization; they provide logistical support, for example by handling our donations and invoices, and we operate under their policies. However, we do our own fundraising. As a small satellite operation, we have no paid staff and an official budget of $0. Through the generous support of the Village of New Minas, we don’t pay for the youth drop-in room that we use twice a month. Donations and workshop fees allow us to buy snacks for drop-in, pay for gas for workshop leaders, and organize trips to Halifax, for example to see the Pride Parade.
History and Purpose
The Valley Youth Project was founded in 2009 as a satellite of the Nova Scotia Youth Project, by two passionate and committed activists who have since moved on to other adventures. They and other past volunteers have made formative contributions to our organization — they are loved and missed!
The purpose of the VYP is to provide a safe and supportive space for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies to meet, share, and foster a community. The Halifax office, which has been operating since 1993, provides a safe, supportive, youth-directed environment where youth from across Nova Scotia can have access to information, peers, support, and social activities. They also provide services and referrals to youth across the province. Like the Nova Scotia Youth Project, our goal is to make Nova Scotia a safer, healthier, and happier place for young people of all orientations and identities.