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Kicking Off 2020!

Join us for the first session of the new year Wednesday, January 15th at NSCC Kingstec. Drop-in is open to all youth, 25 and under, who want to make the Annapolis Valley a better place for 2SLGBTQ+ communities. The doors open at 6.30, we close up at 8.30, and you can arrive and leave any time within that window.

Support people over 25 who would like to meet the volunteers are welcome to contact us and arrange to meet beforehand.  However, for the confidentiality and comfort of all participants, people over 25 are not permitted to attend drop-in, except for facilitators and invited guests.

Want to read more about what happens at drop-in? Want to attend, but don’t have a ride? We can help. 20180413_193335 (1)Check out the details here.

 

 

Happy Holigays

Drop-in is over for 2019; we resume on January 15 at the same time and place. See you in 2020!c7fcf9ab14eae828a8809c722c23d56d

Last Drop-in of 2019!

Join us for our final drop-in of the calendar year (that means NO DROP-IN on DEC 18).

Will this be your first time joining us? Check out the details below:

Location: NSCC Kingstec at 236 Belcher Street in Kentville. We meet on the second floor in the cafeteria. There will be posters to guide gayly along.

Who will be there: Drop-in is for 2SLGBTQ and questioning youth, 25 years of age and und20191127_145748er. There are always a minimum of two adult facilitators present; we will introduce ourselves and the guiding principles for the space near the beginning of the session. Don’t be surprised if there are lots of people; we often get over 30 participants.

What are the Guiding Principles?

  1. Consent: Use the names and pronouns people request, ask before touching people, respect each other and the other users of the college campus.
  2. Sober Space: Do not be intoxicated on any substance during VYP activities; prescription medication is of course ok.
  3. Good-Faith Co-operation: We all work together to make this a great space.  No racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, etc.

Accessibility: There is one all-genders-welcome single stall washroom, and two gendered multi-stall washrooms available to us. The building is wheelchair accessible; there is an elevator for second floor access. Please avoid using heavily scented products prior to or at drop-in. Do not bring scented products to drop-in.

Food:Free snacks! Typically, a selection of veggies, fruit, granola bars, and cookies.  We usually have orange and apple juice. The cafeteria has a filtered water fountain (please bring along your water bottle).

Activities: We have no formal activities. Many folks bring sketchbooks, or make use of our art and colouring supplies. Various board games are available, if that’s your thing. And we also have modelling clay (typically used for unicorn sculpting; see photos on our website or Facebook page.) A facilitated discussion table is a newer addition to drop-in; you can expect a topic relevant to queer and trans folks and a supportive environment.

Resources: We keep a small lending library that requires no membership and is dedicated for use by drop-in participants. Safer sex info, condoms, lube, and pregnancy tests are available and free. We also provide information on a variety of community resources that may be of interest to youth.

Transportation: FREE RIDES for folks in Annapolis, Kings, and Hants Counties. You must book your ride by 3 pm on the Monday before drop-in. See the website for more details.

Drop in for a chance to win, Nov 20!

Thanks to a donation from the NSCC Kingstec Diversity Committee, we are drawing for prizes next Wednesday during drop-in.  We have NSCC Pride t-shirts, Pride stickers, and lots of delicious trans-flag-covered chocolate bars from Peace by Chocolate. You only need to show up for your chance to win.

Will this be your first time at drop-in? Want to know if it sounds like a good fit for you? Find out more about what we do here.

For anyone who needs a (free!) ride, be sure to book your transportation by Monday at 3. If you do that, and then need to cancel, don’t forget to let us know!

Do you have questions that aren’t answered on our website? Email us here: <valleyyouthproject@gmail.com>. We’ll be happy to hear from you!

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Bring Your Sketchbook, Nov 6

Many drop-in participants like to draw, paint, doodle, cartoon, sketch, and scribble! If you have one, why not bring your sketchbook along? If not, no worries, we have art supplies and paper, along with modeling clay and queer colouring pages.

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The basic details about drop-in are below, but to get a better sense of what drop-in has looked like in the past, you can scroll through News and Updates.


We meet in the cafeteria of NSCC Kingstec campus in Kentville, at 236 Belcher Street.  The session runs from 6.30 until 8.30, but you can arrive and leave anytime within that window. And, if you need a (FREE!!) ride, we have you covered. You just need to fill out our Transportation Request by the Monday before drop-in, before 3.30 that afternoon. You can check out that page here.

A minimum of two adult facilitators will be present; we’ll introduce ourselves near the beginning of drop-in. Feel free to come say hi!

**We welcome all 2SLGBTQ+ youth 25 years of age and under and their allies.**

Hang out with us, Oct 16

Our second drop-in of the month is coming up this Wednesday, Oct 16. Join us for conversation, social support, and festive fall snacks! Want to know more? Scan through past drop-in posts by clicking here, or read through the basics, below.

Operating hours: From 6.30 until 8.30 on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of most months. If you’re not sure if drop-in is running, just check our Facebook page or website.

Location: 236 Belcher Street in Kentville–this is the Kingstec campus. We meet in the second floor cafeteria (there is an elevator available). There will be VYP signs indicating the way.

Transportation: We offer it free-of-charge to youth in Hants, Kings, or Annapolis County. Check out the “Transportation” page on our website and be sure to sign up 2 days in advance; that means you must book by the Monday before drop-in, no later than 3 pm. If you request a ride that you end up not needing, please let us know right away!

Who will be there: There are always a minimum of 2 adult facilitators who are also community members. The space is dedicated to serving 2SLGBTQ youth and their allies, 25 years of age and under, and we usually have between 20 and 40 participants, with new folks showing up regularly.

Washrooms: There is one all-genders-welcome single stall washroom, and two gendered multi-stall washrooms available to us.

Food: We supply snacks every drop-in, usually vegetables, fruit, cookies, and juice. There is a filtered water fountain in the cafeteria–please bring your water bottle.

Activities: We have a collection of board games, car9016_A-rainbow-leaf-on-the-grass-with-rain-dropsds, modeling clay, puzzles, books, queer colouring pages, and some art supplies. We also now have a facilitated Discussion Table for people who would like to chat about issues relevant to the 2SLGBTQ community.

Resources: We have a table dedicated to youth-serving organizations, and information on safer sex, consent, and substance use, with free condoms and pregnancy tests. We also provide a small, LGBTQ focused library; books are available to borrow every session. If you have a question that isn’t answered here or on our website, feel free to email valleyyouthproject@gmail.com

Check out the library, Oct 2

Hey y’all, drop-in is back!

Our meeting space is located at NSCC Kingstec in Kentville, and you can find us there from 6.30 until 8.30.  Also, we offer free rides to any youth 25 and under in Annapolis, Kings, and Hants Counties. Don’t forget, you need to advance boBlog_LGBTBooks_Smallok transportation: the deadline is the Monday before drop-in at 3 pm. (And, if you end up not needing your ride, be sure to let us know!)

You may not know that the VYP has its own library, with both fiction and non-fiction by and for the queer community. No library card needed–these books are only for drop-in participants. Volumes are on display during the session and available for checking out before leaving. If you want to browse, click here.

You can find out more about what happens at drop-in by going to this page. See you Wednesday!