Making the Annapolis Valley a better place for LGBTQ youth and our allies

DROP-IN AT NSCC KINGSTEC IN KENTVILLE, MARCH 21.

The drop-in you know and love is back, with an updated look! We have a new meeting space: the cafeteria at the Nova Scotia Community College in Kentville. We will continue to gather on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 6.30 until 8.30. Just show up and follow the signs until you see the Pride flags; no membership or registration required! A minimum of two adult facilitators will be present at each drop-in.

If you’re interested in:

  • Meeting new people
  • Hanging out with like-minded folks
  • Free crafts, games, and snacks
  • Working with others to strengthen the local LGBTQ youth community

…then this group might be for you!

Need a ride? Check out this link: Transportation Request

Don’t know where Kingstec is? Check out this map.

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The Valley Youth Project is offering an exciting all-new program for youth, 25 and under, who want to develop their leadership skills, work together, and change their communities for the better. The Youth Education and Leadership (YEL) Team will be meeting 7 times from Feb 28 until May 23 on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, from 6 until 9pm.
  • Starts Wed Feb 28.
  • Free!
  • Spaces are limited for a group size that will let us go deep into today’s issues, build trust, and make a difference.
  • Advance registration required by Feb 27 to reserve your spot.
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IMPORTANT: The YEL Team is not connected to drop-in; it is a separate event. You are not required to have attended drop-in to participate in YEL. Drop-in will be starting again in March — follow us here or on facebook for notifications!

New Here?

Welcome!  Below you’ll find news and events about the Valley Youth Project, an organization dedicated to connecting LGBTQ youth and our allies across the Annapolis Valley.  If you’re new, you might want to read more about who we are and why we’re here.

change.jpgHello all and happy new year! We are taking your feedback from the Fish and Boulders visioning session held before the holidays and are now considering some changes to drop-in. One of these changes is going to be the physical space. As our group has grown, we have come to need a larger space than the one we currently occupy. For this reason, regular drop-in has been CANCELLED for January and February while we figure out the details of the coming changes and look for an alternate location. So, if you have any leads on great potential venues for drop-in, please let us know! At the same time, we are also planning some exciting leadership opportunities for youth; stay tuned for more details to come!

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 www.SexEdResearch.blogspot.ca  You can contact Emma directly by phone at (902) 300 3494, or by E-Mail at Emmav@Dal.ca.  This is not a VYP event, so please send any questions you have directly to Emma.

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Laverne Cox, host of “The T-Word”

Actress and trans advocate Laverne Cox made an eye-opening documentary about seven transgender youth ranging from 12 – 24.  They are “showing the world what it means to defy expectations and live their lives – and truth – as authentically as possible.”

The participants in the documentary talk about getting support and having success.  They also describe experiences of violence and rejection, and how they responded.

We’ll show the documentary, then have time for discussion. How well do you think the documentary represents transgender issues?  What are the best and worst media representations of trans lives?  If you were making a documentary, what would you put in it?

You can watch the documentary in advance if you want.  Also, here are are some interviews with the people in the documentary, talking about their lives 1 year later.

Note that the drag performance we were hoping to host is on hold for now — we will revisit that idea in the new year.

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 from anywhere in Kings County, Annapolis County, or Hants County, submit a Transportation Request, no later than 3:30 on Monday afternoon, and we’ll arrange a ride for you.