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This DEFINITELY wasn’t planned…

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September is Ça Marche month on the blog! Let’s come together for the Farha Foundation’s walk on September 29th, and raise money for our HIV prevention, education, and support services for youth. Join our team, make a donation, or come out and shake your thang to help us raise $25,000 for a great cause! 

WHAT?!? We can’t believe it. A video of four dancers strutting their stuff for Ça Marche has been captured and LEAKED! Check it out and share with your friends before it gets taken offline! It’s the wildest  video we’ve ever seen! HOW DID THEIR BODIES MOVE LIKE THAT?! It’s genius. Better yet, let’s all watch this video and practice the moves and then show up at Ça Marche on Sept. 29th and show them that we know what they are capable of!!!  They. Can’t. Be. Stopped!

For more info, please check out our Facebook event or contact Fundraising and Development Coordinator Juniper or Special Events and Fundraising Assistant Jennifer at 514-481-0277! 

10 Fabulous Reasons to Donate to Ça Marche!

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September is Ça Marche month on the blog! Let’s come together for the Farha Foundation’s walk on September 29th, and raise money for our HIV prevention, education, and support services for youth. Join our team, make a donation, or come out and shake your thang to help us raise $25,000 for a great cause!

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Ok, so we’ve been telling you we want you to get involved in Ça Marche for weeks now, and maybe your’re like: “Gimme one Reason!” Well, we’ll do even better. We’ll give you ten.

1. Head & Hands services were accessed by youth more than 21,000 times last year. Your contribution could allow us to make this number even higher.

2. The Head & Hands Street Work team would provide NDG’s only in-the-streets risk reduction services, reaching those youth at the highest risk of contracting blood borne illness, such as youth using injection drugs.

3. In just four months, our last Street Work team reached 1,195 youth in NDG. They distributed 6,783 condoms, 360 safer injection kits and 64 safer inhalation kits. Imagine the impact this program would have if it were back for good!

4. The Sense Project provided holistic sex-ed to 800 youth last year. When youth speak to each other, knowledge spreads and they can feel comfortable asking questions and sharing stories together in a supportive environment.

5. In a 2011-2012 survey, 97% of participants found the Sense workshops interesting, with 96% believing that the information was useful in their own lives.

6. Our two weekly medical clinics are always at capacity. The clinic received 758 visits and turned away 212 youth in the last year alone, a testament to their importance and impact!

7. Head & Hands is the only clinic in Québec that does not require a psychiatric evaluation to initiate hormone treatment, and one of two clinics in Montréal that see patients without status.

8. We know that there are many layers to offering help and we work together to provide these under one roof. If someone comes in for a counselling session, we can also help with a legal issue, our food pantry, tutoring, or a referral to our young parents program or youth drop-in centre. The combinations of services are endless!

9. We meet youth where they are at and with a risk-reductive approach. We provide a judgement-free environment that allows for safer and educated choices. This means that youth who wouldn’t feel comfortable going elsewhere come to us!

10. We’re dancing for 7km! Rain or shine! Who could resist sponsoring this kind of glittery magic?

Convinced? We thought so.

For more info, please check out our Facebook event or contact Fundraising and Development Coordinator Juniper or Special Events and Fundraising Assistant Jennifer at 514-481-0277!

Ça Marche: What we’re dancing for!

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On Sunday September 29th, Head & Hands supporters, staff, and board, will take to the streets as part of Ça Marche 2013, the Farha Foundation’s annual HIV/AIDS walk.

We’re trying to raise a record $25,000 this year, so we thought we’d better take a moment to shine the spotlight on the services you’ll be supporting by contributing to Ça Marche!

Your donation will support two current core services, neither of which receives any designated funding:

Our twice-weekly weekly medical clinics: accessible and welcoming to youth regardless of income, sexual orientation, gender identity or immigration status. It’s the only community-based youth-clinic in Montreal, and our health services were accessed almost 2,000 times last year!

The Sense Project: peer-based sex-ed program that reached nearly 800 youth last year. Sense offers a series of three holistic workshops covering topics including STIs, contraception, consent, gender identity, sexual orientation and more!

You will also help us bring Street Work services back NDG in their full capacity after a major funding cut:

Street Work supports NDG’s most marginalized youth with in-the-streets risk reduction. The only program of its kind in NDG, street workers offer HIV and Hepatitis C prevention, crisis intervention and active listening, accompaniments, support navigating social services, educational workshops, clean gear, and condoms.

Agree this is worth dancing for? Join our team, create your profile, and start fundraising! We can’t wait to see you there.

Ca Marche 2013! Bigger and Bolder than ever!

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September is Ça Marche month on the blog! Let’s come together for the Farha Foundation’s walk on September 29th, and raise money for our HIV prevention, education, and support services for youth. Join our team, make a donation, or come out and shake your thang to help us raise $25, 000 for a great cause!

Every September, the Head & Hands community joins together, in an intricate dance,

Because we believe that youth deserve health services that are welcoming and inclusive,

No matter who they sleep with, what they look like, how they like to party,
or where they come from.

 

And now, for a taste of what we’ll be serving up at Ca Marche 2013 check out this teaser vid, by Carol Fernandes and Jess Lee!

For more info, please check out our Facebook event or contact Fundraising and Development Coordinator Juniper or Special Events and Fundraising Assistant Jennifer at 514-481-0277!

Volunteer Opportunities: Sense Project!

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The Sense Project is our cutting edge, harm-reductive and queer/sex/trans-positive peer-based sex education program. Here are two ways to get involved and support the Sense Project:

If you want a one-time, quick ‘n’ dirty thing, go with SERVE!

  • SERVE is our 8th annual charity beach volleyball tournament which raises money for the Sense Project. This year we want to raise $50,000!
  • Unique opportunity to share our holistic vision of youth empowerment and wellness with Montrealers at large on a fun & sexy day.
  • July 28th 2013 at Jeanne Mance Park (Sunup to Sundown).
  • We need 60 volunteers for a variety of jobs (Scorekeepers, Barkeepers, Security, Servers, BBQers, Runners etc).
  • For more information or to sign up, please contact Shanice at intern.headandhands@gmail.com or at 514-481-0277.

If you’ve got some stamina and want to commit to a year of fun times with peers and sex ed, go with SENSE!

  • The Sense Project was created in response to the 2005 education reform in Quebec which removed sexual education from the high school curriculum.
  • We are looking for Sense Animators under 25 who will facilitate sex ed workshops with youth in high schools.
  • This is a year-long commitment in addition to a mandatory 35 hour training in September.
  • The deadline to apply is Monday July 29th at 10:00 AM.
  • To apply to be a Sense Animator or to get more details about the position, check out the details and find the downloadable form here.

We’re Hiring: Sense Project Summer Research Assistant

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Head & Hands is a non-profit community organization dedicated to youth empowerment. We offer health, social, legal and recreational services to youth between 12 and 25 years of age.

Description: The Sense Project summer research assistant will work with Sense Project Coordinator and youth volunteers to coordinate the revision the Sense Project Peer Educator Manual. Their main tasks will include coordinating volunteers, revising the manual, managing manual printing and distribution of both digital and hard copies. The manual will be used for the Sense Project’s peer educator training in September and as a reference document for future workshops on sexuality and sexual health. The Sense Project summer research assistant will also create a structured filing system to organize old and new resources and reference documents for the Sense Project. This is a six-week full-time contract, with an ideal start date of June 10th.

The ideal candidate is bilingual, open-minded, reliable, organized, flexible, autonomous, has knowledge on sexuality and good writing & editing skills (in either French and/or English). Basic computer knowledge, experience in research and understanding of youth culture are assets.

Eligible candidates MUST have been a full-time student last semester, with the intention of returning to school full-time in the fall.

Application deadline is Friday May 24th 2013, at 10 a.m. To apply, send CV and cover letter via email to healthed@headandhands.ca with “Attn: Sense Project hiring Committee” in the subject line, or bring a hard copy to 5833 Sherbrooke West.

Head & Hands welcomes the unique contributions that individuals from traditionally marginalized communities bring to the organization, and invites these individuals to apply. We encourage applicants to describe in their cover letter the unique contributions that they, as individuals with diverse experiences, would bring to Head & Hands.

Please direct all questions to Gabrielle at 514-481-0277 or by email at healthed@headandhands.ca.

We thank you in advance for your interest. Only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

Serve is Back!

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Beyond volleyball with balls: the sex ed relay race!

The eighth annual Serve tournament is making its glorious return on July 28th 2013!!! Get your game on for social change!! This funtastic day of volleyball gathers the bar and restaurant community in Montreal for a volleyball competition in support of the Sense Project, Head & Hands’ peer-based sexual education program offered to Montreal’s youth. It is extremely well attended and so much fun; last year we had 30 teams and raised an amazing $41,000! Come show us your support and grab a beer, some fresh air, or some food, or take part in the myriad of activities on site. We’re so stoked!!

Ask Anything: Seal

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How to break seal of a girl??

This is a question that we often get in classroom workshops, and it’s great that we got this as a web question because there are a lot of myths circulating about this topic.

I’m assuming that by “seal,” you’re referring to the hymen, which is a membrane surrounding the vaginal opening. This membrane tends to wear out as one gets older, through day-to-day activities like walking, playing sports, horseback riding, or masturbation, all of which can reduce the size or consistency of the hymen. To make sure that you have a good visual, in a vast majority of cases, hymens are not like a glass window that has to be broken, but more like a donut or a large spider web.

So, by the time somebody with a vagina decides to have (vaginal) penetrative sex for the first time there are often already openings in their hymen. We often attribute the bleeding during first vaginal penetration to the “breakage” of the hymen, and that’s often what we mean when we say someone has “lost their virginity”. However, the hymen is not the seal of virginity. More often than not, the cause of bleeding during the first penetration(s) is less the hymen itself and more other factors like stress and/or not knowing yet what works for your body. This combination will probably make your body tense and your vagina less lubricated, which can make penetration harder or more painful, and could cause some bleeding. Some ways to counter this would be by letting yourself take your time and figure out what feels right for you, communicating openly with your partner(s) about the process, and having plenty of lube on hand to use…and even after your first few times, lube can be one of your best partners whenever you’re having sex. You can always get safer sex supplies, including lube, for free at Head & Hands!

Ask Anything: Unprotected oral sex – HIV contraction?

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I was getting oral sex from a sex worker. I am really worry about HIV contraction. Please let me know regarding this issue.

I’ll do my best to answer your question, but I’m missing some details that would let me give you a truly accurate response on the risk level for your situation.

Assuming you’re stressed because you didn’t use a barrier (condom or dental dam) when getting oral sex, I can tell you that the HIV transmission rate during unprotected oral sex is not high. There is a risk of contraction for you, but it’s low. Regarding unprotected oral sex, I would be more concerned with the Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, or Herpes contraction, because the transmission of these STIs can be from a skin-to-skin contact.

The best way to lower your anxiety would be to get tested for these STIs.  Something to have in mind before getting tested is that STIs have what’s called a window period. A window period is the time where an STI is alive in your body, is contagious, but is not yet detectable by a test. For example, Chlamydia’s window period is 3 to 10 days, but HIV’s window period is 3 to 6 months.

This means that if you’ve had sex and are worried about having contracted HIV, you have to wait at less 3 months after the sexual incounter that is worrying you to get an accurate test result. In most cases, the test will be accurate after 3 months, but to be sure, it’s important to get tested after 6 months as well.

You can always get tested for HIV (and other STIs) at the Head & Hands medical clinic on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. In the meantime, I would recommend that you use condoms and/or dental dams to make sure that you and your partners are protected.

Ask Anything: Squirt Versus Urine

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When I masturbate with a showerhead, I squirt. Is that urine or real squirting? It’s never yellow.

Masturbation with a showerhead is a great thing, but in the case of your question it complicates my answer! I’m assuming that you’re masturbating with the water spray, which means there’s a lot of water involved, all around your body and possibly inside your vagina. This makes it harder to distinguish the color, consistency, and quantity of liquid that comes out of your body when you masturbate.

 What I can say is that typically people don’t (involuntarily) pee when they’re having sex alone or with somebody else. Here are some things to consider in your personal investigation of the ejaculate-versus-urine question: Often, before squirting you can feel a tingling sensation similar to what you feel when you’re about to pee…but you won’t pee. If you keep going beyond that tingling sensation and ejaculate, try to find a way to look at the liquid that comes out. That’s where the shower context makes it hard investigate. In any case, the ejaculate liquid shouldn’t smell like pee; it’s more likely to be fragrance free or to smell like your vaginal fluid when you’re aroused. As for consistency, it’s closer to water and vaginal fluid than male ejaculate; it’s more liquid. Finally, the color should be on the scale of clear to white rather than yellow like urine. Good luck with your investigation!