Archive for April, 2012

J2K Basketball Team Wins YMCA Classic Hoops!

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The J2K basketball team, sometimes known as the Bisons, competed in its first tournament over the weekend of April 14th and 15th…and won! Classic Hoops was the 14th annual basketball competition put on by the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce YMCA. J2K competed against five other teams in their division. They took both games they played on Saturday to qualify for semifinals on Sunday. After narrowly winning their semifinal game against the St. Raymond Swift, the J2K team went on to win the weekend, finishing 20 points ahead of their opponents in the finals!

The team got started when Larry Williams, a pro player, approached J2K Coordinator Neil, wanting to give back. Williams had been to some camps and played some ball in the States, and noticed that Canadian players often weren’t competing on the same level as US players. He was interested in teaching youth fundamentals of the game to bring up the level of the sport in Canada. In fall 2011, youth began training at J2K during open gym three times a week. A closed team practice on Monday afternoons was added when the City granted J2K an extra gym day–with this win, we can see the payoff of the team’s investment in training!

Congratulations, J2K!

The Sense Project is looking for a new fearless leader!

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Head & Hands is seeking a new Health Educator to join our team!

The Health Educator aims to empower youth through health education.  The main responsibilities of this position include the coordination of the Sense Project (Head & Hands’ peer-based sex education program); animating health-related workshops with youth in a diversity of settings; providing one-on-one support and information to youth accessing our services; and establishing and maintaining partnerships with schools and community organizations.

For full posting, please see the Join Our Team page on the (brand new) Head & Hands website.

Please note that the deadline to apply is Monday, May 14th at 10am.

A deux mains est présentement à la recherche d`un(e) Éducateur(trice) en matière de santé.

L’Éducateur(trice) en matière de santé fait la promotion de la santé auprès des jeunes  avec une approche d’autonomisation, pour les aider à prendre en charge leur sexualité et leur santé globale. Les responsabilités de cette position incluent: la coordination du Projet sens (le programme d’éducation à la sexualité de A deux mains); l’animation des ateliers portant sur la santé dans une variété d’environnements accueillants aux jeunes; counseling, références et suivi en matière de santé; et la liaison avec les partenaires, y compris les écoles secondaires et les organismes communautaires.

Voir la page d`Emplois sur le nouveau site web de A deux mains pour plus de renseignements sur ce poste.

Veuillez noter que la date limite pour cette position est le 14 mai à 10h.

Now Hiring: Health Educator!

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Head & Hands is seeking a new Health Educator to join our team!

The Health Educator aims to empower youth through health education.  The main responsibilities of this position include the coordination of the Sense Project (Head & Hands’ peer-based sex education program); animating health-related workshops with youth in a diversity of settings; providing one-on-one support and information to youth accessing our services; and establishing and maintaining partnerships with schools and community organizations.

For full posting, please see our Join Our Team page.

Please note that the deadline to apply is Monday, May 14th at 10am.

Seeking Board Members!

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Become a member of the Head & Hands Board of Directors!
Support our organization and community!

The Opportunity:

Head & Hands is currently looking for motivated, passionate people to run for election to our Board of Directors. We currently have 4 vacant seats to fill.

Applications are due May 9th at 6pm.

Who we are looking for:

We encourage all applications to our Board, and seek to create a balanced group to reflect the skills and priorities of our community. Head & Hands welcomes the unique contributions that youth (25 and under) and individuals from marginalized and oppressed communities bring to our organization, and invites these individuals to apply. We encourage applicants to describe the unique contributions they, as individuals with diverse experiences, would bring to Head & Hands in their cover letter.

Requirements:

  • Be a member of Head & Hands and be endorsed by two Head & Hands members. (Anyone who has made a financial gift to Head & Hands within the year. since June 2011, is a member).
  • Commitment to social justice and to our mission
  • Willingness to participate in fundraising activities in a collaborative context
  • Desire to work with a diversity of people on common goals
  • Available for monthly evening Board meetings and ongoing committee work (total time commitment is approximately 8-10 hrs / month)

Assets:

  • Interest in local and current youth issues
  • Knowledge of various aspects of community work
  • Knowledge of harm reduction, anti-oppression, and collective functioning
  • Expertise in areas relevant to our services (medical, legal, social, education)
  • Contacts in the community, media, private and public sectors
  • Willingness to be a spokesperson for Head & Hands
  • Professional experience with human resources and/or financial management

We are particularly interested in recruiting board members with experience in one or several of the following areas:

  • Financial management
  • Fundraising, event planning, communications
  • Human resources, labour & compensation
  • Strategic planning & collaborative governance
  • Policy work in the non-profit sector
  • Legal issues (especially commercial law)

Interested? Find out how to apply here!

Did You Know?

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A lot of you probably know about services like our medical and legal clinics, counseling, and Sense Project sexual health workshops–at least based on how many phone calls we get about them! Today we’d like to highlight a few of our less visible services. Did you know that Head & Hands offers…

  • Accompaniment! Sometimes life throws you situations that can be confusing or scary.  Our team is available to go with you to your abortion appointment or court date to provide support and help clarify the process.
  • Tons of community workshops! Besides sex ed, we’ve got workshops on racial profiling, legal rights, drugs, healthy boundaries, and relationships. We are often able to tailor workshops to the needs of your school, group home, community centre, or organization. One example? “Paddling the Pink Canoe: The Importance of Talking About Female Sexual Pleasure.”
  • Food Pantry! Up to twice a month, youth can drop by the main offices to pick up groceries intended to last 1-2 days in emergency situations.
  • Free tutoring! Every fall, we match students aged 12 – 18 with volunteer tutors based on scheduling and subject. The pairs work together weekly at Head & Hands.

THANK YOU!!!

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WOW! This March, our Commit to Our Core campaign brought in 38 new monthly donors (and counting)! We are so grateful for your support, and so excited to have you as members of Head & Hands!

This month we profiled 7 fabulous monthly donors in our Why I Commit series. Wanna be like them? It’s not too late!

Monthly gifts are fantastic because they are stable, and we can rely on them each month through changes in government and funder priorities. They contribute directly to our core costs, like our rent, which can be difficult to fund. Thus, monthly gifts also increase our long-term strength and autonomy! For all these reasons, monthly gifts make a big financial impact for us, without breaking the bank for our members.

THANK YOU to all our existing and new monthlies! We couldn’t do our work without you.

Solidarity With the Quebec Student General Strike

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Head & Hands envisions a society in which all youth are full participants inspired by the endless possibilities open to them. We write today in support of Quebec’s youth-led student movement for accessible education and affordable tuition. We stand in solidarity with the Coalition Large de l’Association pour une Solidarité Syndicale Étudiante (CLASSE) and other student organizers. We strongly support their mobilization for accessible education, and applaud their efforts to open larger discussions of social justice linked to the structure and function of post-secondary education in our society.

Working to support youth on a daily basis, we experience the positive effects of accessible education and affirm its fundamental contribution to the well-being of our communities. We believe strongly in the power of politically engaged youth to create positive change in our societies, and recognize the tangible products of student strikes throughout decades past in Quebec. We hope this mobilization will extend to address the multiple systemic barriers that marginalize youth for reasons of race, class, status, ability, gender, or sexuality, among others.

We warmly invite youth from the student movement to contact us for social counselling, legal information or advice, and medical support. All our services are free, confidential, and non-judgemental. We can be reached by phone at 514-481-0277, or in person at 5833 rue Sherbrooke Ouest.