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Dec. 6: Fishes and Boulders

question-mark-460863_1280We want to know what you think about Drop In. What do you like? What would make it better for you? Guest facilitator Al Cusak will join us at the December 6 Drop In to help us with activities to share your ideas for making Drop In a more awesome space.

All 2SLBTG+ youth 25 years and younger are welcome to join us Dec. 6, at 6:30-8:30 in Room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex. We’ll have snacks and door prizes.  To help make it comfortable for everyone,  please don’t wear scented products.

If you need a ride, request one here Transportation Request , by 3:30 PM on the Monday before Drop In.

Please note that this is the last Drop In for 2017. We’ll be back on January 17, 2018.


Research Participants Wanted

We are sharing this information on behalf of Dalhousie Graduate Student Emma Van Rooyen (School of Health and Human Performance) who is looking for participants for her graduate research project. See the poster below for details. To learn more about Emma Van Rooyen and her research visit  You can contact Emma directly by phone at (902) 300 3494, or by E-Mail at  This is not a VYP event, so please send any questions you have directly to Emma.

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Nov. 1 Drop In: Buttons

1f7026101448c7e269a67d4c1b5ad00dWe’re breaking out the Button Maker at our November 1 Drop In. You can create your own image or use one of our templates to make wearable art. Join us if this sounds like an activity you want to do.

Drop In runs 6:30-8:30 pm in Room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St., New Minas.

We’ll have snacks and drinks, and Guiding Principles to help make the space welcoming for all Queer and Trans youth 25 years and younger.  Also to help make the space more welcoming, please avoid wearing scented products. The LMCC is not a scent free building, but we can try to make our Drop In space as comfortable as possible for all.

If you need a ride, submit a Transportation Request, no later than 3:30 on Monday afternoon, and we’ll arrange a ride for you.

Oct. 18 Drop In: Drag Workshop

cfabd944009d8825be2ec00790502d59We will be hosting a Drag Workshop, with special-guest facilitators,  at our October 18 Drop In.  This workshop is an introduction to the elements of drag performance.  Participants will be able to design a number during the workshop, or simply engage with the information.
Drag is a performance art where people experiment with and explore gender in creative ways.  This can involve performing as a gender different than what the performer normally identifies as, or performing as a dramatized version of any gender.
So this is your chance to learn about Drag, or experiment with your own style.  We will also be hosting an actual Drag performance show for VYP participants in November, so if you wish, you will have a chance to practice your own Drag performance in front of a welcoming audience. Even if you’re not interested in doing Drag yourself, join us to see what it is all about, as Drag has a vibrant history in Queer culture.
Drop In happens from 6:30-8:30, in Room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex in New Minas.  If you need a ride, send us a Transportation Request, by 3:30 PM on the Monday before Drop In.

Sept. 20: Drop In Returns

9016_A-rainbow-leaf-on-the-grass-with-rain-dropsFall is on it’s way, and so is the return of Drop In. Beginning Wednesday September 20, we are back to our regular schedule of the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.  The details remain the same – 6:30-8:30 pm in Room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St., New Minas.

We’ll catch up with your stories of Summer adventures, have some snacks, hang out, and maybe play some of our games. All LGBTQ+ folk, 25 years and under are welcome.

If you need a ride from Annapolis, Kings, or Hants Counties, to Drop In, submit a Transportation Request, a couple days before Drop In,  and we’ll arrange a free ride for you. We hope to see you soon!

June 21: Guest Drop In

Valley Youth Project rainbow heart logoWe are hosting a special Drop In on June 21, just for those who are not our usual participants.  If you are curious about what happens at our Drop In, here is a chance to meet the facilitators, and experience what we do. We’ll follow our usual format, opening with a review of our participant guidelines, and a check-in with introductions. Then we’ll have our library, games, and activity supplies on display for you to try out.

Guest Drop In is 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Wednesday, June 21. In Room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St., New Minas.  Once inside, follow the signs to the room with the rainbow flag on the door. It’s okay to show up after 6:30, or leave before 8:30.

So if you’re a parent, a supporter (or would like to be), a GSA advisor, wanting to volunteer,  someone who works with youth, or would just like to sit in a safer queer space for a bit, we want to meet you, and have you experience our Drop In as a participant.

We will be accepting donations at our Drop In, but donating is not required to participate – participation is always free of charge.  We use our donations of cash to pay for activity supplies, snacks and drinks, and transportation to Drop In and other VYP events.

If you need a ride to and from Drop In, please submit a Transportation Request  and we will arrange a ride for you.  Instructions for making request are on the Transportation Request page.


June 7 Drop In: Picnic

stock-vector-children-playing-at-the-park-162678797June 7 is our last Drop In of this season so we are kicking off Summer with a bit of outside play.  We’ll start Drop In with the usual check-in at 6:30 in Room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, and then we’ll go out on the lawn for some fresh air, (weather permitting).

If you need a ride, send us a Transportation Request.  Giving us at least 2 days notice of a request works best for us.

All LGBTQ+ youth 25 years and under, and your friends are welcome to participate in our activities.