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Fri June 23: Halifax Queer Prom

The Halifax office of the Youth Project is putting on a Queer Prom again, with no restrictions about whether you’re a student or what school you go to. The theme is Retro 1950s Sock Hop.  “Get your hair slicked back and your poodle skirt on… Come to the sock hop, have a milkshake at Pop & Pop’s Soda Shoppe, and maybe win the hula-hoop dance competition?! Join us for a bigger ballroom this year (!!), so more space to dance, hang out, and even some games to play that celebrate our often-erased queer & trans heroes from history, because queer has always been here!”

LGTBQ+ youth and allies are all welcome, and the Valley Youth Project will be providing free transportation.  Note that, unlike VYP drop-in, this event is for ages 19 and under.

EVENT DETAILS

  • Friday, June 23rd, 8pm – 11pm
  • Atlantica Hotel, Halifax
  • $5
  • Ages 19 and under

LEGAL STUFF

  • If you’re 17 or under, you need a permission form — see below!
  • If you’re 18 or older and you’re joining us for the ride, you need ID to get on the bus — see below!
  • Drug and alcohol free
  • Security will be present
  • Chaperones include YP staff, as well as other supportive volunteer adults

GETTING THERE

We will meet at the Louis Millett Community Centre at 6:30PM.  We expect to be back at the LMCC by 12:30AM.  If someone will be picking you up at the LMCC, you can tell them to meet you there at 12:30 that night.  If you would like to use VYP transportation to get from the LMCC to your home, your return time will be as soon after that as we can get you there.

If you would like to join us on the VYP bus to Halifax, just use the regular Transportation Request form, any time until Wed, June 14.  Make sure to let us know if we are picking you up at home or at the LMCC.

If you want to make your way there on your own, of course that’s great too.

Important Note!

To get on the bus, you MUST have either:

  • ID stating that you are 18 or older OR
  • A consent form from a parent or guardian

This is different from regular Valley Youth Project drop-in — and one of the only times we will ask to see ID.  You will not be required to show ID to anyone except VYP volunteers.  We understand that the name on your ID may not be the one you go by — we will do our best to make this as painless as possible, including only using the name you ask us to use.

You’re welcome to bring your fancy duds and change at the dance — an entire section of the hotel, including washrooms, is reserved.

As always, your contact info is 100% confidential. Make sure to give us a phone or email address where we can leave a message — we need contact info for each person attending in case of last-minute changes.

PERMISSION FORM

If you are 17 or under, you will also need a consent form that must be signed by a parent/guardian.  We can email you the form if you let us know in the comments; or, you can download and print it.  You can scan and email it back to us, or just bring it with you.

If your parent or guardian is dropping you off at the LMCC, we’ll have extras that they can sign right there and then.

Let the fun begin!

GSA Night Is Coming Up

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GSA Night at the VYP is Dec 7! In one way it’s a regular drop-in, but in another way it’s so much more. Is your GSA, SAGA, Pride society, or similar group looking for a fun activity you can do together? The theme of our Dec. 7 drop-in is celebrating Gender and Sexuality Alliances — in all their forms.

When: Dec 7, 2016, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Where: Rm 128, Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St., New Minas

As always, all youth 25 and under are welcome — but GSA participants are the guests of honour. Bring your entire GSA and meet others from around the Valley for a relaxed evening of food, socializing, books, and games. We’re putting the word out early to give groups time to plan. Feel free to discuss carpool arrangements in the facebook event, but also keep in mind that we can provide free transportation if you let us know a few days in advance.

Also as always, there will be food, games, books from our library, and good conversation. Transportation is always free from anywhere in Annapolis, Hants, or Kings counties — just sign up in advance.

Last chance for prom transportation

If you’re thinking of joining us for the Queer Prom in Halifax next Wednesday, and you need transportation, don’t forget to sign up!  All requests have to be received by the end the day this Friday.  We can pick you up and drop you off from home, the LMCC, or any other place that works for you in Hants, Kings, or Annapolis Counties.

Of course, you’re also welcome to make your own way there. The Valley Youth Project contingent will be strong!

June 22: Queer Prom in Halifax

Queer Prom PosterThe Halifax office of the Youth Project is putting on a Queer Prom again, with no restrictions about whether you’re a student or what school you go to. The theme is “Carnival” — there are rumours of lions, tigers and bears.  Well, maybe only as costumes. Feel free to dress fancy or not — whatever suits you (no pun intended!).  LGTBQ+ youth and allies, 19 and under, are all welcome, and the Valley Youth Project will be providing transportation.

Event Details

  • Wednesday, June 22th, 8pm – 11pm
  • Atlantica Hotel, Halifax
  • $5
  • Ages 19 and under

Legal Stuff

  • If you’re 17 or under, you need a permission form — see below!
  • Drug and alcohol free
  • Security will be present
  • Chaperones include YP staff, as well as other supportive volunteer adults

Getting There

We will meet at the Louis Millett Community Centre at 6:30PM.  We expect to be back at the LMCC by 12:30 that night.  If someone will be picking you up at the LMCC, you can tell them to meet you there at 12:30 that night.  If you would like to use VYP transportation to get from the LMCC to your home, your return time will be as soon after that as we can get you there.

To sign up for a drive, just use the regular Transportation Request form, any time until Friday, June 17.  Make sure to let us know if we are picking you up at home or at the LMCC.

You’re welcome to bring your fancy duds and change at the dance — an entire section of the hotel, including washrooms, is reserved.

As always, your contact info is 100% confidential. Make sure to give us a phone or email address where we can leave a message — we need contact info for everyone in case of last-minute changes.

Permission Form

If you are 17 or under, you will also need a consent form that must be signed by a parent/guardian.  We can email you the form if you let us know in the comments; or, you can download and print it.  If your parent or guardian is dropping you off at the LMCC, we’ll have extras that they can sign right there and then.

Let the fun begin!

Gender Inclusive Art Gallery at Acadia

 

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Acadia education students from a course called Human Sexuality and Gender in Schools are presenting a public event called Defying Labels: A Portrait of Gender Inclusivity.  The Valley Youth Project has been invited to set up an information table.  These education students are your future school teachers; come meet them and let me know what you want to see in schools of the future! Would you like to help us represent the project and answer questions?  All drop-in participants are welcome to join us at the table. Or, you can just attend the event and check out the displays.

Details

  • Thursday, Mar 24, 3pm – 4:30pm
  • Acadia Campus, Seminary House Rm 242

Campus Info

The closest public parking is at the Student Centre (aka Student Union Building, #30 on the map).  From there, walk toward the chapel (the spire is easy to see from a distance).  Seminary House (#22 on the map) is the large white building next to the chapel.

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Need Transportation?

Our new transportation policy allows us to offer free transportation to VYP participants coming from Kings, Hants, or Annapolis counties. To sign up, please use the web form to place your request, any time until 12 noon on Tuesday, March 22. (NOTE: we can’t take same-day requests for this particular event).

More Info from the Organizers

There will be a multi-media exhibition in which Bachelor of Education students, local high school students, and community gender inclusive organizations (Red Door, Valley Youth Project) bring gender issues to centre stage. This exhibit aims to move the dialogue forward in schools and create more critical and deeper understandings of how youth experience their gender and sexuality. As such, the exhibit encourages schools and school partnerships to have authentic conversations with youth about identity, hypersexualization of children and youth in media, and the ongoing requirement to support gender non-conforming identities in schools. As one student group exhibition claims, “Don’t put me in a box, my gender cannot be defined”.

Representations might include, but not limited to:

  • A poster
  • Art
  • A collage
  • Sculpture
  • 3D visual representation
  • Community Booth
  • Photography
  • Other visual

For more information, email Professor Sarah Reddington

Special Event: Readings by Lucas Crawford

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.”

http://invisiblepublishing.com/product/sideshow-concessions/

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!

Sideshow-Concessions

June 25: Queer Prom in Halifax

Under the sea prom logoDid you miss the Horton High Queer Prom and wish there was another place to have an awesome time with LBGTQ+ youth?

Did you make it to the Horton High Queer Prom, dance your tail off, and realize that one prom is just not enough?

Have you been dying to create and wear a custom mermaid costume?

If so, you’re in luck.  The Halifax Youth Project is putting on a Queer Prom again, with no restrictions about whether you’re a student or what school you go to. The theme is “Under the Sea” — feel free to dress up, down, or sideways.  LGTBQ+ youth and allies, 19 and under, are all welcome, and the Valley Youth Project will be providing transportation.

Here are the details:

  • Thursday, June 25th, 8pm – 11pm
  • Atlantica Hotel, Halifax
  • $5
  • Ages 19 and under
  • Absolutely drug and alcohol-free

We leave from the Louis Millet Community Centre (9489 Commercial St., New Minas) at 6:30PM, and we’ll return there for 12:30 that night.

To sign up for the drive, leave us your contact info (below) any time until Tuesday at midnight.

You’re welcome to bring your fancy duds and change at the dance — an entire section of the hotel, including washrooms, is reserved.

As always, your contact info is 100% confidential. Make sure we can reach you by phone or email — we need contact info for everyone in case of last-minute changes.  If you are 17 or under, you will also need a consent form that must be signed by a parent/guardian.  We can email you the form if you let us know in the comments; or, you can download and print it.  If your parent or guardian is dropping you off at the LMCC, we’ll have extras that they can sign right there and then.

Let the fun begin!