Posts Tagged ‘youth’

Throwback Thursday: The Do’s and Don’ts of Babysitting

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Rhonda, our Social Counselor, facilitates a variety of workshops, including the Canadian Safety Counsel’s Babysitter Training Course in local elementary schools. These babysitting workshops help youth develop confidence in working with younger children, and allow us to spread the word about Head & Hands to youth at the young end of our age mandate.

This past May, two students from her course decided to share what they learned with the internet and the world. They created a video on the do’s and don’ts of babysitting based on what they learned in Rhonda’s course, and the result is impressive, hilarious, and informative. Let Jackson and Ben, Babysitters, show you how to navigate the ins and outs of being a good babysitter.

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!

Spotlight on music programming at J2K!

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Over the past few months, the home away from home for NDG youth has become a music magic shop!  Teens can drop into J2K on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays for an amazing range of musical activities – from jam sessions, to beat-making, to voice recording, to learning new instruments… or even just hanging out and meeting new people.  Everyone is welcome!

On Mondays and Thursdays, come join the Musikaddict crew to play and learn about improvised music.  We’ve got an amazing library of instruments to play with – from keys, bass, guitar, and drums to violin and berimbau and many more.  Our professional (and patient!) instructors Ari and Julie love welcoming new people… they’ll have you writing your own songs within a month of touching your first instrument.  And on Thursdays, we order pizza or cook food together while jamming!

On Mondays and Tuesdays, join Frase in the studio to take advantage of our amazing all-new equipment donated through a MusiCounts TD Community Music Grant!  We’ve got an amazing range of new instruments and technology to make beats, write tracks, record vocals and more.  If you can imagine it, Frase can help you produce it.  Take a look at the video above to see what’s possible at the J2K studio, and then come visit us yourself to add your own flavour!

 

 

 

 

 

Solidarity through Action: Fundraising Guides

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Jen shows her excitement for the fundraising guide launch.

Jen shows her excitement for the fundraising guide launch.

Over the years, we have been so lucky to benefit from the awesome fundraising support of our community. From cocktails to student bake sales to a little dance party that could, third party fundraisers have a big impact on our budget, and that’s why we’re hoping to make it even easier for people to get involved with our Solidarity through Action fundraising guide!

We’ve created two third-party fundraising guides: one for the general public and one for students and student groups. Click the links to see the full guides.

Public: We often have people asking how they can help out and since we know that each person has something unique to offer, we hope that this guide can be used by anyone and everyone who wants to lend a hand, be more involved with philanthropy, and show their support in their own ways.

Schools and student groups: This guide offers support for any student who wants to hold a fundraiser at their school! Whether you are from a high-school, CEGEP, university, or other school-setting, we encourage all students to get involved and become advocates for youth services!

We can’t express enough how important peer-to-peer fundraisers are to us, especially the volunteers who organize them! When Head & Hands supporters take the time to put together an event for the benefit of other youth, to introduce who we are to new communities, to show solidarity  for the services we offer and for making sure youth have the support they deserve, we fall in love with this work all over again. We hope that this guide will make it even easier for you to get involved, and we hope to hear from you soon!

Speaking of Solidarity through Action, the guides were designed by local youth, Katelyn Bishop.  How could it get any better?

Give the Gift!!

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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!

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!

Moving Forward – Together

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Dear community,

The official announcement has just been made – unfortunately, we did not win one of the grand prizes in Aviva’s online competition. However, we did win $5,000, and you can rest assured that we will use it to bring Street Workers back to NDG as soon as possible!!

Although we are sad to hear the news, overall participating in the Aviva competition has been a rewarding experience. In just a few weeks, we managed to gain 4877 supporters and over 11,000 votes from people and organizations who believe, as we do, that NDG’s at-risk youth deserve to be supported. We are extremely grateful to be part of a community that is so fiercely dedicated to youth health, and who supports our work with such strength and love.

WHAT ARE WE DOING NEXT?

We are working hard to carry the momentum created by all of you far beyond this competition.  We have received letters of endorsement from multiple community organisations who supported us during the competition and can’t wait to work side by side with our street workers again.  We’re excited to share these letters alongside our funding applications that are already in progress for a range of promising government and foundation grants.  We are happy to announce that we recently secured our first successful “save street work” grant of $15,000 from the Silver Dollar Foundation, which means that a quarter of the first year’s budget is already covered!

Although we’re doing the best we can, grant-based funding alone might not be enough to bring this program back as quickly as it is needed.

Head & Hands has always believed that social services are strongest when they are offered for the community, by the community.  If you are able to contribute any amount towards restoring this essential service to NDG, please click the link below!  Write “save street work” as an instruction with your donation, and we will designate your gift specifically for the return of this program. If you prefer to give “offline”, please check out other giving options on our website. 

 

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Another great way to contribute is by organizing a fundraising event!  If you have time and energy to help us in this way, please get in touch so we can share some tips and guidelines: funds@headandhands.ca

Again, thank you so much for the amazing support you’ve already shown us.  Together, we will put street workers back in this neighbourhood and ensure that our community’s most vulnerable youth get the support they need!

Why I’m voting for Street Work: Ralph

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“I’m voting for Street Work because it helps me connect to the youth on the street and understand their needs, to be able to provide adequate support.” Ralph, Head & Hands Legal Coordinator

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: 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!