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St-Jean Baptiste Closure

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Head & Hands will be closed Monday, June 26th for the long weekend.

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In Memory of Roger Peace

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We would like to honour the memory of Roger Peace, Dr. Tellier’s husband and life partner, who passed away earlier this year. Dr. Tellier has been a member of the Head & Hands family for 36 years, providing medical care to thousands of Montreal youth through our medical clinic. His partner Roger was a very dedicated and generous member of Head & Hands, regularly mobilizing his community to fundraise and support our work.
This Saturday June 3rd, there will be a musical revue at the Segal Centre., with donations being taken for Head & Hands.
Roger will be dearly missed in his community, and we will be eternally grateful for his contributions to our organization.
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Join our Board of Directors!

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If you’ve ever wished about getting more involved in the Head & Hands community, now’s your chance! We’re looking for passionate and motivated folks to apply to be on our Board of Directors.

Elections will be held at our 2017 Annual General Meeting on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017. 

For more information on how to apply, click here!

We can’t wait to work with you!

Love,

The Head & Hands team

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UPCOMING HOURS CHANGE

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Starting May 1st, Head & Hands will be open:

Monday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday 10:00am – 10:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am – 10:00pm
Thursday 10:00am – 10:00pm

NOTE: Head & Hands will be closed Monday April 24th – Wednesday April 26th for staff development.

If you have any concerns or questions, please contact us at info@headandhands.ca

 

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Spring Cleaning Closure

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Head & Hands will be closed on Monday, March 20th, for spring cleaning day.

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Join our Board of Directors!

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Become a member of the Head & Hands Board of Directors!

Support our organization and community!

The Opportunity:
Head & Hands is looking for motivated, passionate people to run for election to our Board of Directors.  We currently have one interim position available for a three-month term (March 2017 – June 2017), with possibility for re-election at our AGM in June 2017.

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) bring to our organization, and invites these individuals to apply.  We also encourage applicants to describe the unique contributions they, as individuals with diverse experiences, would bring to Head & Hands.

As an organization that works to facilitate social change and the empowerment of diverse communities of youth, Head & Hands recognizes that living under marginalization and oppression often brings both challenges and valuable skills and perspectives. People of color, people with disabilities, women, Two-Spirited, queer people, trans* people, and other candidates who experience marginalization are strongly encouraged to apply and to self-identify in your Board Candidate Profile. We are committed to a creating an organization as diverse as the communities we serve.

Requirements:

  • 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 approx. 8-10 hrs / month)

 

How to apply:

Please follow the link below!

Email jointheboard@headandhands.ca if you have questions

Download (PDF, 304KB)

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Give the Gift of… A home away from home

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[At J2K], we can get away from everything else. From school, from home, off the streets” – Julien*

 

When winter comes to Montreal, we tend to live our lives indoors.

At Jeunesse 2000 (J2K), the Head & Hands youth drop in centre, teens from Montreal between the ages of 12 and 17 can come together to escape the cold. Our Animators are on site to offer emotional support to youth on top of running activities including cooking, music composition, and basketball.

The basketball program at J2K is popular year-round, but in the winter time, when courts are snowed in, young people lose a place to spend their time after school, and spaces like J2K become even more essential. The J2K basketball program offers a secure, familiar, and warm(!) space to stay active throughout the winter months.  

This holiday season, you can give the gift of vital group space for teens. Your support keeps toes warm and smiles on faces, because community shouldn’t stop just because there’s snow on the ground!

Click here for more information on how to donate!

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Giving The Gift!!

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Maybe you haven’t started thinking about holiday gifts, but these two pups have!

 

This holiday season, why not think about giving the gift of Head & Hands?

That’s right, our Give The Gift campaign is officially back! If you know someone who loves Head & Hands, or someone who would love Head & Hands if they knew a little more about us, this makes the perfect present! Instead of hours in a store looking for something “just right”, Giving The Gift shows you care about your loved ones, but also about your community’s youth! This year, we have a special card hand drawn and designed by youth artist Dillon, featuring a very festive wintry scene!

How does it work?

This year is a little different than usual: now, when you make a donation in honour of a loved one or friend, we mail them a card with a handwritten note straight from us, letting them know about the impact your gift had.

What kind of impact exactly? Well, here’s an idea of what a donation can do…

$15 provides 2 days of healthy food to a young family

$25 funds one counselling session with Rhonda

$50 covers the cost of 5 after-school tutoring sessions

$75 gives one sexual health workshop to a classroom full of youth

$250 puts our Street Workers in the community for 15 hours of outreach

$500 takes care of the bill for one week of our free medical clinic

No matter who is on the receiving end, there is nothing more satisfying than the goodness that comes from a donation being made in one’s honour! Ready to go? You can donate online here.

 

Want to learn more? 

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In loving memory of Darius Brown

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Head & Hands would like to extend our deepest sympathy, support, and love to the family of Darius Brown, who passed away last Thursday Nov. 17, 2016, in NDG. We would like to extend our support to his family, friends, and community. You are in our thoughts and our hearts.

Rhonda, our social counsellor, as well as members of our streetwork team are available to you should you need support in this difficult time. You can reach us at 514-481-0277

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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