Archive for July, 2012

Legal Workshop on Bill 78

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What is Bill 78? Are all public gatherings illegal? How do you contest a ticket? You can find the answers to all these questions and more at the workshop we’re offering on August 6th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm! Come join Andrée Bourbeau, member of the CLASSE legal committee and UQAM law student, who will discuss the impact of Bill 78 and give an update on the tribunal proceedings contesting this law. This will be followed by a presentation on how to contest a ticket from Daniel Barza, a lawyer who volunteers his expertise in criminal and civil law at our legal clinic. If you have questions or concerns about this important issue, we invite you to come out and participate in this night of information sharing, at our offices at 5833 Sherbrooke St. West!

Let’s set the record straight before back-to-school this fall!

Want to be a Sense Animator?

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We are currently seeking new volunteer animators for the 2012-13 school year!

Interested in facilitating sex ed workshops with youth in high schools? Getting involved with the Sense Project at Head & Hands is a fantastic opportunity to support the well being of youths in Montreal.

Some need-to-know info about applying to be a Sense Project animator:

  • New animators must be aged 25 and under
  • We’re looking for people who can commit to being an animator for the entire school year (Sept-early Dec, Jan-May)
  • Animators should be committed to Head & Hands principles of anti-oppression, harm reduction, and non-judgment.
  • Animators should have at least some availability on weekdays during the day. Last year’s animators volunteered an average of 70 hours each throughout the school year, but how much you end up volunteering depends on your schedule and your availability.
  • Bilingualism is not mandatory, but it’s an asset! The training will be bilingual (FR-ENG).
  • It is also an asset if you have previous animation experience or experience working with youth, but it’s not a requirement.
  • It is mandatory to attend the full animator training.

Animator training dates

Tuesday Sept. 11th 6-9pm

Thursday Sept.  13th 6-9pm

Saturday Sept. 15th 11-4pm

Tuesday Sept. 18th 6-9pm

Thursday Sept.  20th 6-9pm

Saturday Sept. 22nd 11-4pm

Tuesday Sept. 25th 6-9pm

Thursday Sept.  27th 6-9pm

Saturday Sept. 29th 11-4pm

 

If you meet these criteria, please complete the Volunteer Form and send it to Gabrielle at healthed@headandhands.ca. We’ll then book a short screening interview with prospective volunteers. The deadline to apply is Monday, August 6th.

If you have any questions, feel free to call Gabrielle at (514) 481-0277!

Volunteer Call-Out: SERVE 2012

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SERVE 2012 is around the corner and we are getting ready to bump, set, and spike for the 7th year in a row! This year’s annual SERVE Volleyball tournament is gearing up to support Sex Ed and raise awareness to support the Sense Project, our peer-based sex education project. For more info about this cutting edge, harm-reductive and queer/sex/trans-positive sex ed program, check out Sense’s page.

The SERVE tournament is an exciting, fun, and sexy event that engages the vibrant bar and restaurant community in a fresh approach to fundraising and provides us with a unique opportunity to share our holistic vision of youth empowerment and wellness with Montrealers at large.

The tournament will be held on Sunday, July 29th 2012 at Jeanne-Mance Park. We are currently looking for approximately 60 volunteers to help make SERVE 2012 a success! We need volunteers for a huge variety of roles so if you are interested please contact Shanice ASAP at intern.headandhands@gmail.com or at 514-481-0277 to sign up! You will all have a chance to hit up the BBQ, grab a beer or two and ride our Slip ‘n’ Slide. Most importantly, you will help us reach our ultimate goal of $35,000 for the Sense Project! For more information about SERVE 2012, visit us on Facebook!

Clients, give us feedback!

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As part of our strategic planning process, we’re seeking information from clients who currently use our services or have used our services within the last year. If you have a few minutes to fill out this short survey, please help us out! We would really appreciate your input so we can consider you as we plan our future!

Allies in HIV Work: CATIE Youth Symposium Opened Many Dialogues

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(This article was originally published on CATIE’s website! Our two Health Educators attended and enjoyed this symposium earlier this year.)

It’s been 22 years in the making but worth the wait. On February 4-5, 2012, healthcare and frontline service providers, youth leaders, researchers, and policy makers, from across the country serving youth living with, or affected by HIV, gathered in Toronto to discuss their work and the communities they serve at the second national HIV and youth knowledge exchange symposium.

The first national conference that focused on HIV and youth was held back in 1992, at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Organized by Toronto-based Youthlink-Inner City and its Program Manager Laurie Edmiston, coincidentally now CATIE’s Executive Director, the conference aimed to raise awareness about the issues and effects of HIV/AIDS on youth, and to act as a catalyst for developing strategies to cope with the epidemic. Twenty-two years later, the evidence suggests that youth, and marginalized youth in particular, continue to be at risk for HIV, HCV and STIs. In 2009 alone (the latest available statistics) 582 new cases of HIV among Canadian youth were reported. The continuing fact of Canadian youth being at risk of contracting the virus underscores the importance of facilitating young people’s understanding and ensuring an ongoing dialogue around issues concerning sexual health and harm reduction. (more…)