Archive for the ‘Young Parents Program’ Category

Meditation at the YPP


Parenting is hard work! Last Wednesday, YPP participants took some much needed time to calm their minds and bodies with a meditation and pajama day…babies included, of course!



Give the Gift!!



Did you know that since street work re-launched in October, demand for our emergency food pantry has more than doubled? The need for our medical, legal, and social services is growing, and so we put on our thinking caps to increase financial support this winter. Allow us to introduce our new fundraising campaign, Give the Gift!

When you donate online through Give the Gift, you’ll receive a package of custom-designed cards, ready to print at home and give to friends and family on behalf of each donation. Give the Gift was made possible thanks to two talented local Head & Hands supporters: web programmer, Danielle Bakhazi, and youth artist, J’VLYN.

No matter the occasion, we’ve got you covered in English and French, with cards for celebrating gratitude, birthdays, anniversaries, congratulatory moments, incredible friendships, a new life, or just because! 

Give the Gift cards are perfect for the person who says they don’t need anything, who doesn’t want more stuff, who wishes they had more time to volunteer, who believes in buying local, who believes in homemade gifts, who believes in ethical giving, who you have no idea what to buy, for the person who loves Head & Hands, and for the person that you love. 

No matter who is on the receiving end, they can’t deny the wicked awesome goodness that comes from a donation being made in one’s honour to support youth in our community.

Okay, so we’ve explained why it’s amazing. But how does it WORK?!

1. Go to our Give the Gift page by clicking here

2. Decide how much you want to donate via your credit card or PayPal account

3. Receive a PDF file with a ton of beautiful cards

4. Pick the card you like

5. Print the card you like

6. Personalize it and send it!

7. Enjoy being the best gift giver ever.

It’s easy and fabulous.

Have any questions? No problem! Call Juniper or Jen at 514-481-0277!

We’re Hiring: YPP Child Educator


Head & Hands, a non-profit youth community organization dedicated to youth empowerment is looking for a Childcare Educator for the Young Parents Program. The position is permanent at 19-21 hours/week.

Requirements: bilingualism, availability on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, commitment to our mission & approach, empowerment-based work with marginalized families, background in Early Childhood Education or related field.

Assets: work experience specifically with 0-3 yrs. old and supervision and training of volunteers.

To apply, email your cover letter and CV to or fax to 514-481-2336 by August 30, 2013. (Attn: YPP Childcare Educator hiring committee). Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Head and Hands recognizes that we live in a society that does not value and respect all people equally, we strive to incorporate as many different perspectives, backgrounds and experiences as possible into our team. If you feel that your perspective and/or experiences are frequently unheard or undervalued in this society, we encourage you to mention that in your cover letter.

YPP at the Sugar Shack



Happy spring! Trees are budding, snow is melting, and the sap is running in the sugarbush, which means it’s Cabane à sucre season in Québec. Last Friday, 47 parents, kids, and staff headed out to Mont-St-Grégoire to enjoy a day out of the city. They sat down to a big meal together, ate sugar taffy outside, went on horse-drawn wagon rides, saw how sap becomes maple syrup, wandered forest paths, and danced under the disco ball. Participants were really excited to have this chance to take a trip off the island, which can be hard without a car, and also to take part in this seasonal Québec tradition and make memories with their kids.

Saying Thanks After 28 Years!


“28 years ago in the Head & Hands waiting room, I found out I was about to be a young mom. At the time I didn’t have any money for the $5 pregnancy test, and the nurse kindly told me to bring the money whenever I could.

As my firstborn grew, he showed brilliance and independence, but developed some self-destructive habits. As a teen he became chemically dependant and I needed outside support. When he became too old for Youth Protection and his habits were more than the family could endure, I was faced with the decision to ask him to leave home.

Through one social worker or another, he was introduced to Head & Hands. He spoke of people who helped him with various issues he faced, how they gave help but also treated him with dignity and respect, no matter how frazzled or desperate he was.

My son is now clean, and working as a chef. I am a single mother, working toward a career in Human Relations. Now it is time to give back, open my wallet and pay the $5 I have owed since 1984!”

Dana, NDG mother

Clients, give us feedback!


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!



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