Archive for October, 2016

Sense Project 2016-2017: A Visioning Year!

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Dear Sense Project community,

As you may have noticed, Sense has remained quiet this September, a time that is usually effervescent for us. Don’t be worried, the project is still well and alive. That being said, this year is particular, and will usher in some changes to our program. As such, we’re focusing this year on evaluating the project and visioning for the future of the Sense Project.

In the decade since the elimination of sexual education as a formal part of the mandatory curriculum by the Quebec government in 2005, the Sense Project has been on the ground, running a successful sex education program.  The program solidified its expertise and influence, and youth interest in volunteering to animate workshops increased along with demand from schools, which grew each year. Coordinating and updating the project has become an increasingly complicated task. This year, we want to take stock of where we have come since the project’s creation, and be deliberate about the impact we want to create in the years to come.

On top of that, Quebec government announced the reintegration of mandatory sexual education in the province’s schools in 2017, with a pilot project starting this year.

The Sense Project needs a visioning year so we can reflect on how we can make the important work we do sustainable and intentional, in addition to reframe it in Quebec’s schools upcoming context. During this year of evaluation, minimal services will still be provided to some schools. However, our focus is on rethinking the format and the goals of the project. This is why we chose not to train new volunteers this year.

We appreciate any support and feedback from our community in order to make the visioning process as rich and reflective  as possible. If you have any comments or concerns you would like to share, please get in touch with me via email, phone or in person a the Head & Hands office.

More than anything, we are incredibly grateful for all the interest, work, and love that have been put in the Sense Project by schools, students, Sensies, community partners, and Head & Hands staff.

We are eager to start renewed and stronger than ever in fall 2017!

Charlie, Health Educator and Coordinator of the Sense Visioning and the Head & Hands team

Drug Testing Kits at Head & Hands

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We are excited to announce that for a limited time (until quantities last) we will be offering drug-testing kits at Head & Hands!!

 

These kits allow you to verify the ingredients of a drug you got through a dealer or friends, so you can make a more informed decision about how and whether to take them. If you’d like to have more control over what substances you take, or are just curious about chemistry, come check them out! We will have tests for MDMA (ecstasy/molly), Ketamine/PMMA, Opiates, Heroine, and LSD available. We also have Heroine purity tests. You can find more information about the kits at their website here.

 

The kits will be sold for $5-$25 sliding scale through our streetwork program, and can be used up to 50 times each. If you are unable to pay $5 but would like a kit, you can also contact our street worker Sara at 514-377-9858 to make an alternate arrangement. Sara is also available to provide free needles, condoms, pipes, and other materials, and can listen when you need someone to talk to. More information about the street work program and other harm reduction services here.

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FAGGITY is back from the dead! *Join us Oct 28th*

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As the seasons shift, the realms of the living and the dead draw closer to one another like old friends. We welcome the darkness and the possibilities hidden within. Out of cycles of death and deep slumber, come firey rebirth.

HEAD & HANDS / À DEUX MAINS PRÉSENTE
█▓▒░░ The RESURGENCE ░░▒▓█
█▓▒░░ The RESURRECTION ░░▒▓█

☆☆☄ FAGGITY ASS FRIDAYS ☄☆☆

For ONE night – we are reviving a fam favourite, *the* longest running queer and trans dance party our city has known.

Calling MONSTERS, ALIENS, INHERENTLY MAGICAL QUEER BEINGS- LET’S REVEL IN OUR MONSTROSITIES, LET’S DANCE FOR OUR LEGACIES, LET’S CELEBRATE OURSELVES UNAPOLOGETICALLY.

░░ WHILE THINGS CHANGE, MANY STAY THE SAME ░░
FAF is fundraiser for Head & Hands’ free, holistic, and non-judgmental Health Services for Montreal youth. Find out more about our amazing services at headandhands.ca

╔☽═══All BLACK and POC ARTIST LINEUP═════╗

► COLIN MUSONI ◄ 10-11
Gumbo Fabolous Music (a blend of hiphop and its roots; world music past_present_future)
https://ruggedlikerwanda.bandcamp.com/releases

►SHAKTI-IN-FLUX ◄ 11-12

► MOLLYGUM ◄ 12-1:30
Hip hop & trap

► DEBBY FRIDAY ◄ 1:30 – 3
Rapper, DJ and artwitch from Montreal, they will be playing afro-diasporic gothic club music all night

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HOST: CINDER HIKARU [QTPOC sol and fam always]

✿ PHOTO BOOTH (◡‿◡✿)

$10 – 15 at the door – no one turned away for lack of funds

ACCESSIBILITY INFO:
Le ritz P.D.B. is wheelchair accessible, with a metal ramp on the inside of the front entrance. The bar is on the ground floor, its entry facing directly onto Jean-Talon Ouest. Washrooms are also wheelchair accessible and gender-neutral.

Head & Hands has zero tolerance for racism, cultural appropriation, homophobia, fat-shaming, ableism, transmisogyny and cissexism, and oppressive violence of any kind at this event. There will be harm reduction volunteers on-site for interventions and support.

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Our new health educator

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As sad as we are to say goodbye to Gabrielle after six years at Head & Hands, we are also so pleased to welcome Charlie as our new Health Educator! Charlie is joining our team to lead our visioning process of the Sense Project.

Karaoke star queer weirdo raised by virgo lesbian moms in Montreal’s East side, Charlie completed an internship at the Center for Gender Advocacy last year. With a background in social work, he’s very excited to share his knowledge of sexual health, help us create social change, and lead the next chapter of strong, fierce sex-positivity at Head & Hands.

Ask him anything, especially about Céline Dion or gonorrhea; despite being only 24, he’s a huge Celine dork, and he thinks that everyone should get the chance to learn all there is to know about gonorrhea!

PARCours 2016: One million Thank Yous!

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WOWIE GOSH! PARCours 2016 was such a success and we want to extend a HUGE, warm thank you to everyone who helped make our event possible and so vibrant!

This year, our team Head & Hands not only danced our beautiful dance to fundraise for our amazing Health Services- we built the PARCours event from the ground up! This year was exceptional in so many ways. What has remained constant is the forever-astounding dedication and involvement of our team, communities, and people who care about what we do.
We are filled with gratitude and love for you all. Thanks for making our 2016 HIV / AIDS fundraiser event one to remember.

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Currently, $9,690 has been raised of our $25,000 goal. With just under two months to go in our campaign ending Dec. 1st, we are counting on you to help us keep the momentum up. We can do this!

Every donation counts toward supporting our medical clinics, peer sex-ed Sense Project, and our Street Work program. You have all helped us celebrate Montreal’s youth and prevention, and support for those living with HIV/AIDS, and with your continued support, we can continue providing quality, holistic care. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on the total amount raised, and we’re hoping that with your help, we’ll soon be able to celebrate when we reach $25,000.

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This year, our fundraising dance-a-thon broke the sunny weather streak, but grey skies didn’t stop our team and HIV/AIDS organizations from Montreal and Quebec from coming out to Girouard Park in Notre-Dame-de-Grace in incredible outfits to flex our dance moves. Many thanks our J2K power team Eva Queen leading us in amazing dance choreography and tunes by Tshizimba.

It was the best day and we can’t wait until next year.
In the meantime, check out more great PARCours photos by Isabel here!

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To our partner organizations, staff, volunteers, donors, board members, dancers, and support systems, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.