The Youth Project is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing support and services to youth, 25 and under, around issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. We have a provincial mandate so although we are located in HRM, we travel around the province to meet with youth in other communities. We provide a variety of programs and services including support groups, referrals, supportive counselling, a resource library, educational workshops, social activities, and a food bank.
The Youth Project is a youth directed organization. Youth have decision making control over the direction and action of the Project. Our Youth Board ensures that our programs and services are relevant and needed by the youth who access the Project. The Youth Project is committed to providing leadership opportunities to lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender and ally youth.
We promote and nurture an environment that is appreciative of youth from all races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, abilities and socioeconomic backgrounds. We value the contribution and experiences of all youth. All activities and events run by the Youth Project are drug and alcohol free.
Confidentiality is assured.
The Youth Project has a monthly schedule of regular programs. These programs happen once each month on a specific night. Check the calendar to find out when they are happening.
Talk it OUT!!
Talk it OUT is our newest program! Once a month we get together to have a discussion, or learn new skills in a workshop from guest speakers, community members and other organizations. Want to have real, in-depth discussions with other youth, or learn something relevant to LGBTQ issues? Come to Talk it OUT!
Drop-In night is a chance to come down to the Youth Project and get support, hang out with friends, meet new people, join in an activity, check out the library, check out the food bank, or get some information. This event is open to all youth 25 and under. There are volunteers and staff present including our support worker and a nurse.
Transformers (3rd Wednesday of each month 6-8pm)
This group is a support and discussion group for transgender and gender queer youth, 25 and under. The purpose of this group is to bring together transgender and gender queer youth to share experiences, talk about the issues around gender identity, and learn more about support options. The group decides on what topics and activities they would like to discuss or do. The group is facilitated by two knowledgeable volunteers from the community.
Movie Night (4th Tuesday of each month)
Come on out and see a movie with a LGBT theme or character. Fresh popcorn and snacks are available. Movies are viewed by LCD projector on a big screen with surround sound. Movie suggestions are always welcome.
Connect the Dots : Social Support for LGBTQ youth ages 18 and under
Connect the Dots is an exciting new program The Youth Project is offering with the support of the IWK and Halifax Public Libraries. Connect the Dots is a social support group for youth, ages 18 and under. It gives youth an opportunity to chat with their peers, make connections in a safe and supportive space, and take part in some fun activities!
Currently, Connect the Dots meets in three library locations in HRM:
Sackville Public Library 1st Tuesday of the month 6:00-8:00
Cole Harbour Public Library 3rd Tuesday of the month 6:00-8:00
Sir William Spry Library Last Tuesday of every month 6:00-8:00
Summer Camps: http://www.youthproject.ns.ca/camp.php?month=16
Camp Coyote (transgender, genderqueer and gender questioning youth)
Camp Mush-a-mush (LGBTQ youth under 25