OUR BODIES, OUR STORIES
Our Bodies, Our Stories is Project 10’s new arts and performance training and mentorship program for QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) youth aged 16-24. A first cohort of 10 youth started the program in Summer 2017, and all the participants decided to continue as group into the Fall.
In the Fall 2017, a second cohort of 10 youth started the program (we had received 30+ applications for the Fall cohort, demonstrating the need for such resources and spaces to exist in Montreal).
Presently, the two cohorts of 10 QTBIPOC youth meet on a weekly basis, where they share a meal and develop their creative, performance, media and leadership skills under the facilitation of the project coordinator, Kama La Mackerel. The participants are collectively developing group projects, and they are also each developing an individual multi-media project in the form of performance, poetry manuscript, choreography, zine etc.
The first year of this program is made possible thanks to a grant from Heritage Canada.
Project 10 has a weekly bilingual drop-in on Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 pm for youths 14 to 25. The drop-in is an open, semi-structured group, facilitated by staff and interns. The content of the drop-in is largely youth directed. You’re in charge! Once a month, we have a brain storming session to decide on the next month’s schedule. Some favourite activities included song writing, board games, karaoke, and more. Contact Sarah for more info!
We offer a space for afternoon “hangouts” on tuesday and wednesday 12pm-6pm , thursdays* 1:30-6pm (*September to April). During that time you can just pop in, hang out, charge your phone, use the bathroom, browse the internet, meet the workers at the space, check out our clothing giveaway rack, play games, just chill/snooze, work on a personal project, doodle, kinda however you want as long as it respects other people in the space. Sometimes its pretty quiet, and sometimes its a bit busier. I think its a nice time to get to know the space on your own terms. For that you can just show up, no appointment needed.
The listening line provides an anonymous and easily accessible avenue for support and information for LGBITQ youths 14 to 25 and the wider community. It is one of the core services that we offer at Project 10. The listening line provides peer support, active listening, as well as information and referrals to LGBITQ services. The line may be particularly useful for people who are not ready to access services in person, or who live too far away to be able to make it to Project 10. It is open Tuesday through Wednesday from 12 to 6 pm and Thursday 1:30-6pm, and can be reached by dialing 514.989.4585.
ACTIVE LISTENING & ACCOMPANIMENT
Project 10 offers individual active listening sessions for youths and/or their families to discuss issues related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity. In addition to these one-on-one sessions, we also offer accompaniment services for Project 10 service users. In the past we have accompanied people to doctor’s appointments, HIV testing, social assistance offices, interviews for cooperative housing, other community organizations, shelters, and court dates.
We also act as advocates for our service-users, to help them achieve their goals, including: finding affordable housing, finding employment, changing their name and gender marker on official identity papers, accessing sex-change surgery, being granted refugee status, staying out of prison, filing complaints, documenting discrimination they’ve suffered, and more.
WORKSHOPS AND KIOSKS
We provide educational workshops for youths; teachers; and health and social service workers who interact with youth of diverse sexual and/or gender identities. We tailor the workshop to the recipients’ needs, but tend to focus on activities that aim to share information and resources, correct myths and invite discussion and questions about sexual orientation and gender identity. We also staff kiosks in schools and at community events in order to increase our visibility and to share information. To book a workshop or kiosk, call 514 989 0001 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Project 10, we work hard to find doctors and other health professionals who are able and willing to work with Trans individuals in an open and non-judgmental way. To this end, we maintain a Trans Health Database of physicians, therapists, etc. to whom we are able to refer our participants. call or email us for more information!