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Welcome, New Sense Animators!

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Sense Class 2014-15

 

We’re excited to introduce you to our 16 new and returning Sense Animators! These wonderful volunteers just finished their 33-hour-long training and are ready to head out to schools, community centres, and group homes to give sexual health education workshops to Montreal youth.

Led by Health Educator Gabrielle, and Sense Project Research Assistant Shanice, this training session familiarized our peer animators with the Sense Project’s holistic, non-judgmental and youth-centered approach. They were also provided with the tools, skills, and knowledge to facilitate discussions with youth around sexuality and sexual health.

One of the many essential elements to a successful training session is having copious amounts of food available and for that we’d like to thank the People’s potato, Nouveau Palais, Burritoville, Dépanneur Le Pick-up, Lola Rosa, and Aux Vivres, for supplying us with three weeks’ worth of delicious food!

As always, we invite YOUR school or community group to get in touch about booking workshops! We can do them in English or in French, and can provide harm reductive, non-judgemental drug education workshops in addition to our sex ed offerings. If we don’t already have a workshop or presentation that fits the bill, we can often create one that meets your health or sexuality needs! Just email Gabrielle at healthed@headandhands.ca. And if you want to volunteer as a Sense animator during the next academic year, keep an eye out for an application callout in the summer of 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)!

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!

 

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!!

Why I’m voting for Street Work: Jon

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“In many ways, street work is the essence of why Head & Hands exists – we *need* this program to support the youth in our community who get the least help from others.” Jon, Head & Hands Director

Vote for us every day between December 3 and 12 to help us win $87K and bring back Street Work!

Why I’m voting for Street Work: Gina

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“Street work has been a crucial part of Head & Hands since its inception in 1970. Since then, street workers have played a variety of roles in our community: conducting outreach and making youth aware of our services, running prevention and education programs, and extending the reach of essential services beyond our doors to reach youth in greatest need. Researching this history has made me realize how vital this program is for NDG youth; it is essential that we bring back this service to our neighborhood! “ – Gina Metallic, Master of Social Work Student Intern

Vote for us every day between December 3 and 12 to help us win $87K and bring back Street Work!

Why I’m voting for Street Work: June

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“I’m voting for Street Work because I think every youth should be valued and supported, no matter what challenges they face.” Juniper, Head & Hands Fundraising and Development Coordinator

Vote for us every day between December 3 and 12 to help us win $87K and bring back Street Work!