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

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!

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 br401648@gnspes.ca now!

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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.

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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.

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!

Valley Youth Project rainbow heart logoWe are hosting a special Drop In just for parents and guardians on Wednesday April 12, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, in Room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St., New Minas. This Drop In is for you parents and guardians only.  You can bring along a friend, partner, or other adult family.   We hope to allow parents and guardians of youth who identify with the LGBTQ+ community, a chance to learn more about the Valley Youth Project’s activities and information we provide, and to meet others who share your interest.

We will follow our usual Drop In format, first welcoming participants with a review of our Drop In guidelines, followed by a round of introductions to check-in with participants about what’s new with them.  Our activity supplies, games, and library books, will be on display for your enjoyment.  We’ll have snacks and drinks. (All VYP events are drug and alcohol free.)

If you need a ride to Drop In, use the Transportation Request  button to request a ride from anywhere in Annapolis, Kings or Hants counties. There is no cost to you.  Submitting your request two or more days in advance of Drop In works best for us.

If interested, just drop in, you do not have to RSVP or sign up for anything.  Once in the LMCC,   follow the VYP signs to Room 128, with the big rainbow flag hanging on the door. The room is open before 6:30, and we get started at 6:30, but you can drop in later, and leave before 8:30 if needed.

A note for our regular participants: This is an extra Drop In session, so it doesn’t interfere with our regular Drop In schedule. Please feel free to share this with any of the adults in your family (however you define family)  who you wish knew more about the VYP and what we do.