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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.

Horton High GSA Conference

The Horton High GSA is hosting a conference for LGBTQ students and their friends on Saturday, June 3. The conference is FREE and open to any student between and including grades 8 and 12 (you don’t have to be in a GSA to attend). Don’t worry about the deadline on the poster; registrations are still being accepted. To secure a spot email Rachel at now!

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May 17 Drop In: Sex Talk

We’ll be celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia at the May 17 Drop In, with a discussion about sex and sexuality, lead by guest facilitators Max and Tessa Janes.

Do you feel like you’re missing out on sex ed that speaks about the LGBTQ+  experience? Join us for this workshop that will focus on filling in the gaps between gossip and Google searches about how to stay safe, be kind to yourself, and learn the “Dos and Don’ts” of sex and sexuality.

Max and Tessa Janes are two trans, queer sex educators who have worked with peer support groups at Acadia University, creating awareness, and collecting resources, for women and LGBTQ+ folks. Together they aim to provide evidence-based, accessible education on gender health, relationship health and sexuality with a queer spin.  Max and Tessa also own a feminist bookstore and sex shop in Wolfville that provides education and resources for LGBTQ+ folks in the Annapolis Valley.

Drop In happens from 6:30 -8:30 pm in room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St, New Minas.  You can request a ride to and from Drop In using the Transportation Request button.  Our Drop In runs on the guiding principle of good faith cooperation amongst all participants.

Bored? Games!

It’s game night time! Join us for your choice of air hockey, cards, Jenga, Pandemic, Monopoly, Apples to Apples and more. If you have a favourite that you’d like to share, be sure to bring it along.


Drop-in runs from 6:30 – 8:30 in room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex at 9489 Commercial St. in New Minas. Follow the signs to the door with the rainbow flag and you will find us. The multi-stall washrooms at the LMCC are gendered; together with the centre’s staff, we support you in using the washroom of your choice.

We welcome all queer youth (and their pals) 25 years and younger. You don’t have to self-identify and there is no membership required. Just show up anytime during drop-in and stay for as long as you’re able. If getting there and back is a problem, check out our transportation request page on the website. If you live in Annapolis, Kings, or Hants County we can arrange a FREE ride for you.

Pushing Buttons?

Come join us for queer button-making April 19 and go home wearing your own unique art. We’ll have plenty of supplies on hand to help inspire you, including magazines to cut up, markers, crayons, stickers, and lots of templates.

We will also have a special guest visitor from the Youth Project in Halifax; you won’t want to miss this!

The details are the pronounsame as always. We open for 6.30 and run until 8.30 at the LMCC in New Minas, but you can show up anytime during drop-in. All youth 25 and under are welcome to attend; no membership is required. If you need a (free) ride, check out our Transportation page for details about how to sign up.

Note: the washrooms at the Community Centre are gendered, multi-stall rooms. The staff at the Centre and the VYP organizers all support you in using the washroom of your choice.

Customize Your T-Shirt, DIY Style!

Have a design or a slogan you’d like to see on a t-shirt? April 5th’s drop-in will be all about do-it-yourself customization of tees. We will have plain t-shirts available, but if you have a shirt, or any piece of clothing you’d like to enhance, bring it along! We’ll have fabric markers, paint, stencils, iron-on patches, glue and more so you can leave with an item that will be uniquely yours. 20170330_143550

We will be using acrylics, so you might want to wear something that you don’t mind getting stained!

Drop-in is a sober safer space open to youth in the LGBTQ community (and their allies). We operate out of the LMCC in New Minas from 6.30 until 8.30 on the first and third Wednesday of each month. If you’d like to come, but don’t have a ride, check out our transportation page on this website–we can get you to drop-in and back home again, for FREE!