Head & Hands Blog

STREET VIBES #11: So street.

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Street Vibes always beautifully lives up to its name. Hailing from every corner of NDG/CDN, local youth and established musicians came together in an eclectic mix of styles that kept the vibrant crowd fixated on the makeshift stage all night long.

This year, on Thursday August 21, as part of NDG Arts Week, Jeunesse 2000 teamed up with Boutique SubV to create a music venue out of a shop that screams: ‘STREET’! With our backs to a barber shop chair, and our sides to a slick collection of kicks and caps, we gazed in awe at the high-energy show happening on a pop-up stage set in front of a wall of colorful paint cans. It was a sight for sore eyes, and the beats (courtesy of DJ Kevin Smith), rhymes, dance moves, and guitar lines came at us like a wall of vibes.

All throughout the night, Head & Hands served up a healthy dose of hot dogs and veggie burgers to attendees, while the bar kept the crowd loose and loud.

By night`s end, Jeunesse 2000 collected a whopping $895 from donations, which will go towards the Head & Hands youth drop-in center.

Big shout out to all the performers who came out to strut their stuff!

Musikaddict     **     Mello     **     No Dance No Life Crew    **   

 Young Kraze    **    The Moors   **    Susiety    **    Strange Froots   **   

 Danny Rebel    **    Athena Holmes    **    CeasRock

**More photos coming up soon! Check them out on Facebook!

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Young Parents Program: Summer Camp Edition!

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YPP parents, children, and staff howling like wolves in the woods.

YPP parents, children, and staff howling like wolves in the woods.

Those of us who spent the summer in hot and sticky Montreal have probably dreamt of getting out of the city to find peace, quiet, and cool breeze in the countryside.This month, Young Parents Program (YPP) embarked on a week-long family camp in the Quebec countryside to do just that.

For the third year in a row, YPP parents, children, and staff came together for a week to escape the city and the stresses of everyday life, and to spend time relaxing with other parents and children in nature. This year, 13 parents and 22 children attended camp. That’s 11 families in total, double the number from last year!

The week was jam-packed with activities like nature walks, pampering and homemade facials, bracelet making, treasure hunts, camp fires, swimming, arts & crafts, hide and seek in the forest, and more! At one point, as the tale goes, the camp witch turned all the children into howling wolves.

According to the parents, YPP summer camp is memorable because of the unity that camp brings—being out of the city, getting to know other parents, kids having time to play with other kids, and being around “YPP family.” The week was such a success that some parents said they would come back again even in the winter!

Two children examining the grass with their hand-made binoculars!

Two children examining the grass with their hand-made binoculars.

Little wolves!

Four little wolves!

Arts and crafts on a rainy day.

Arts and crafts on a rainy day.

Hanging near the river and feeding ducks!

Hanging near the river and feeding ducks.

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A group shot with parents, children, and staff!

Exciting new pamphlet resource!

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Head & Hands has a brand new resource, hot off the press, that we’re excited to share with you! This pamphlet complements every bag of food given out through our Emergency Food Pantry. The Food Pantry Pamphlet provides suggestions for combining food items and making meals out of them, as well as a comprehensive list of food security resources in Montreal. 

The emergency food pantry at Head & Hands aims to provide about a day’s worth of food, twice a month, to youth who are struggling with food security. This program has evolved over the years but some recent changes to the food pantry have made it more accessible.

Because some of our clients don’t have access to a kitchen or cooking supplies, we now have a section in our pantry for food that doesn’t require any cooking or kitchen tools. Instead of the usual pasta, canned sauces, vegetables, and soups, folks now have the option of getting pull-top meal cans, nuts, granola bars, juice, crackers, and other foods that don’t require any preparation.

This resource comes as a way of addressing the increase in demand for food security resources. Getting adequate access to food is an issue that many NDG and Montreal youth struggle with. Since we re-launched our Streetwork program, demand for our food pantry has more than doubled. As our Food Pantry is only an emergency service, we try to confront food insecurity though referrals as well. As such, this pamphlet lists close to 60 Montreal food resources categorized as either “food baskets” or “hot meals”.

Get the PDF version of the pamphlet here, or stop by our office to pick up a copy!

Rising from the soggy ashes of Samedi in the Park… STREET VIBES #11 on Thursday!!

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This weekend was a very sad one here at H&H: after months of preparation, a full day of rain forced us to cancel Samedi in the Park. It was a tough decision to make, but it feels important to focus our community-building energy towards events that can really bring people together – and Saturday just wasn’t the day for that to happen.

Those rain clouds, however, definitely had a silver lining, and we’re channeling all our energy from the weekend towards our next event on Thursday evening: STREET VIBES is NDG’s ultimate showcase of youth talent, and this year’s event is gonna be on a whole other level than ever before!

From 8pm onwards on Thursday, we’re transforming Sub V into a pop-up music venue and dance club, and hosting a sidewalk BBQ for the whole neighbourhood to celebrate youth culture.  Join us to see a dozen amazing up-and-coming youth acts from NDG and beyond, get a drink at our bar and some food from the BBQ, and dance into the night thanks to DJ OG Kevin Smith.

TL;DR – STREET VIBES!  THURSDAY NIGHT!  8PM!  NDG POP-UP CONCERT AND DANCE PARTY!  AMAZING MUSIC, CHEAP BBQ AND DRINKS, FREE ENTRY!  DONATIONS SUGGESTED TO SUPPORT J2K, OUR TEEN DROP-IN CENTRE!

Featuring performances by: 

- Mello
- No Dance No Life Crew
- Young Kraze
- The Moors
- Susiety
- Strange Froots

Special Guests:

- Danny Rebel
- Athena Holmes
- CeasRock

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Saying goodbye to Juniper, and welcoming Malaika

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Today at Head & Hands, we are filled with emotions. It’s a little complicated, so we’d like to break them down for you:

  • We’re sad to say goodbye to Juniper, who is leaving after 4 years as Fundraising and Development coordinator to pursue full-time studies.
  • We’re filled with pride and joy, thinking about all the wonderful things she’s brought to this organization – from helping us climb out of debt and raising funds to restore our street work program to raising our spirits with spontaneous hallway dance routines.
  • We’re incredibly excited to welcome Malaika, our new Fundraising and Development coordinator, who comes to us with amazing energy and impressive experience. We can’t wait to see what she will bring to this position, and we’re so excited for all of you to meet her!
  • We’re overwhelmed with gratitude, as happens every time we reflect on the amazing community support that flows into our work and makes everything we do possible. We often feel like we have the best donors in the world, and our fundraising team is so lucky to work with you all!

 

We’re looking for Board minute-takers!

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Are you interested in understanding how our Board of Directors works and gaining some experience in community governance, but not quite up for the commitment of running to be a Board member? Head & Hands is recruiting two Board minute-takers, and we’d love to hear from you!

The opportunity:

Attend and type minutes at Head & Hands Board meetings, learn how our organization is governed, get to know the team and the programs! Snacks provided at every meeting, and metro tickets available as needed. A small honorarium ($100) is also available.

The commitment:

Minute-takers must attend a training to learn the basic H&H Board minuting guidelines, and take minutes for at least 5 Board meetings between September 2014 and June 2015. Board meetings generally take place from 6:30-9:00pm on the first Wednesday of each month, at Head & Hands’ mains office (5833 Sherbrooke W). At each meeting, the minute-taker is responsible for typing out key points and decisions according to H&H guidelines, correcting any errors, and sending a final copy to the Board Secretary. Head & Hands Board meetings are conducted mostly in English, and minutes are recorded in English as well.

Interested? Find out more and apply by contacting our Board Secretary, Lindsay Nixon: lindsaymnixon@gmail.com

Serve 2014: Fundraising Dreams Do Come True

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On Sunday, July 27th, Montreal’s vibrant service industry came together on the sandy courts of Parc Jeanne Mance to make Serve 2014 a glowing success!

We would like to thank the bars and restaurants, sponsors, volunteers, and staff who participated for helping to ensure Montreal’s youth get the sex education they deserve. Thanks to these amazing partners, we raised over $40,000 (and still counting!) for the Sense Project, our peer-based sex education program.

Although Mother Nature challenged us to set up for the event in the pouring rain, we overcame her obstacle and were rewarded with sun, refreshing scattered showers, and a gorgeous rainbow.

This year, as always, Grumpy’s took home the top fundraiser prize, raising $6,500 through their creative and flawless fundraising efforts, and beating their personal record once again! Sweet Treats by Shanice won first place in the tournament, and Café Chimera, participating for the first time this year, took home the Team Spirit award for their board-game-themed team (mascot included).

If you missed the event— or if you were there and you would like to relive the glitter & glory— you can check out the beautiful photos taken by Angie Radczenko and Jos, or the photo coverage from Nightlife.ca and Cult MTL!

Serve 2014 also got picked up by a ton of local news sources, including Cult MTL, Global TV, The Gazette, CBC Radio, and more. Check out their coverage of the event to learn more about why the Sense Project is crucial, and to see the Serve magic in action.

Next year is Serve’s 10th anniversary. We’ll be celebrating a decade of serving and spiking for sex ed, so stay tuned for updates on Serve 2015!

 

 

Diaphragms are back, and better than ever!

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Health services coordinator Jos shows the Caya diaphragm and spermicide!

Jos with Caya and contragel

As part two in our series about barrier contraceptives (see our March post about the Femcap), we’re excited to announce that Head & Hands is now distributing the CAYA diaphragm! The CAYA diaphragm has recently been approved for sale in Canada, so if you`re looking for hormone-free and user controlled birth control, check it out!

When used in conjunction with contragel (aka Cayagel), the CAYA diaphragm works as a mechanical barrier to block sperm from entering the cervix during vaginal intercourse. As with any barrier device, its effectiveness depends on how dedicated you are to using it properly. When used correctly, the CAYA diaphragm is as effective at preventing pregnancies as condoms. Unlike older diaphragm models, you don’t need to be fitted by a doctor because one size fits most users. It’s also made out of durable silicone and can be used for two years.

Caya Diaphragm!

Caya Diaphragm!

Interested? You can purchase a CAYA diaphragm (sold at cost) from Head & Hands for $50. Tubes of contragel are available as well for 20$. Check out the CAYA website for more info and insertion videos.

To purchase a diaphragm from us or for more info, contact our Health Services Coordinator, Jos, at (514) 481-0277 or health@headandhands.ca. You can also just swing by our office at 5833 Sherbrooke West! Not in Montreal? Don’t worry, you can order the CAYA online via Anarres Health (they are also the Canadian distributor for the Femcap)!

Spotlight on: super-volunteer lawyer Irving Narvey!

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Irving Narvey stopped by to chat after a couple rounds of tennis! Lovin the semi-retired life!

Irving Narvey stopped by to chat after a couple rounds of tennis! Gotta love the semi-retired life!

Today, we’re shining the spotlight on super-volunteer Irving Narvey, who, after 43 years giving his time and expertise at the Head & Hands legal clinic, has finally left us to enjoy the fruits of a semi-retired life. 43 years?! That’s right: Mr. Narvey has been volunteering since the inception of the legal clinic, and for almost the entirety of his career!

Fresh out of law school and just starting his own law practice, Irving was invited to get involved in 1971 by Eric Smith, who was one of the first volunteer lawyers at Head & Hands.

“I guess when you’re young and principled, and you carry your sword, you want to help people,” Mr. Narvey told us. “Coming to Head & Hands was an opportunity to meet people who were in need of legal advice, and obviously to give back. And there I was, in a position to do so, and I was thrilled to do it, so I did.”

As a 28-year-old, I have a hard time understanding how anybody could do anything for 43 years, so I had to ask: what kept you coming back to volunteer, after a long day at work, for more than four decades?! “It really wasn’t a hefty burden at all,” said Irving. “I always saw myself as a litigator, representing the people before the courts, and fighting for their rights…I’d like to think that my practice was people-oriented, so coming here was really an extension of what I did on a full-time basis for a living.”

When asked about the best part of volunteering at Head & Hands, Mr. Narvey didn’t hesitate: “Being in touch with the people. What can I tell you? People need people! As a matter of fact, if I didn’t know that Barbara Streisand had already done it I would have written the song.”

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On behalf of the entire team at Head & Hands, and the hundreds of community members who have benefited from your legal expertise over the past four decades, thank you Irving! We wish you many healthy and happy years of relaxation as you move into a very well-deserved semi-retirement.

SERVE IS HERE!

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It’s here, it’s here! Serve is descending upon the sandy volleyball courts of park Jeanne Mance this Sunday, July 27th.  At this magical day of fun in the sun (and in the rain/thunder, too!), Montreal’s vibrant service industry shows us once again that they don’t just serve beer– they “serve” for sex ed!

Serve is the Sense Project’s largest fundraiser, and funds raised by the Serve tournament are crucial for the Sense Project to continue to meet the needs of Montreal youth.  Last year, the Sense Project volunteer team reached just under 1,700 youth in high schools, community centers, and group homes across the island. This year, our goal is $50,000, to help ensure the Sense Project can continue to provide Montreal youth with the sex education they deserve!

This year, we have 28 teams made up of staff from Montreal bars and restaurants. Check out the list below to see what places are playing, and come by to cheer on your favorite establishment! We’ll have beer, a barbecue, Slip n Slide, massages from Setsuko massage, and SO MUCH MORE!! 

2014 Serve Participants: 

Mickibbons St.Laurent
Grumpy’s
Café Chimera
Brutopia
Tavern on the Square
Bifteck
Ye Old Orchard
Mcleans Pub
Sir Winstons Churchill
Irish Embassy
Forum sports bar
Hurley’s
Monkland tavern
Saka-Ba!
Burger Bar
Sweet Treats by Shanice
Dundees
Madhatters
Burgundy Lion
Bier Markt
Chateau du lac
Lola Rosa
Deville
Quatro
Café Campus

And of course, the incredible Sense Project team!