Spark the Change Date & Venue

From May 12th-14th our annual Spark the Change youth leadership camp will be held at the beautiful Liscombe Lodge in Sherbrooke, NS. We will be releasing application documents soon, and are so excited for this year’s event!! Wahoo!


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Updating Resources

Hello HRY friends,

Over the next few weeks we will be updating our list of resources to make sure that you know where to turn for support in your community. Check out the Need Help? section for a list of resources for things like mental health, addictions, sexual health and other forms of counselling and support.

We just added a list of resources available in the Guysborough area and we will be updating with lists for other areas soon!


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Interested in helping HRY be the best it can be, from a youth perspective? We want you to join our youth advisory committee and have your voice heard!

  • What curriculum sessions do you like? Dislike? Do you think we need to focus on other issues?
  • How can we better support youth facilitators across the province? What do we need to know about you and your region?
  • What do you want to learn about at Spark the Change, our annual leadership retreat, and how do you want to learn it? Who should we get to do workshops or be a speaker, and on what topics?
  • What do you need from HRY and how can we give it to you?

To apply or learn more, please email with your grade, school, and why you’re interested. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. JHS Gender and Sexuality Alliance

15319351_10157770485195537_439093239_nTranscribed by Erin Wynn on Nov. 29, 2016.  What motivated your passion for your activism? Where did it all begin for you? “Safety. We need the change that we are working towards to live safely in …

Source: Dr. JHS Gender and Sexuality Alliance

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i don’t even believe myself as I write this: my body is a battle

A powerful piece on body image, gender, and race. How do body politics interact with your multiple identities?

I remember the first time I realized that my body was different, that I took up too much space. I was in my elementary school gym class and I was playing dodge ball and my team mate told me to get off the front line because I was a bigger target and therefore would be easier for the other team to hit.[i] Before then, aside from family members offhand comments about my “baby fat” I had never thought about my body.  It was merely the vessel I shoved dino nuggets and kool-aid in while I played pretend in the backyard. I started to compare my body to the other girl’s in my class, most of them tall, thin, gangly, kids while I was short, squat, and thick. I never had to think about my body as different yet, because up until that point I had kept up: I could…

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#maybehedoesnthityou raises awareness of non-physical abuse, which can sometimes be trickier to spot within relationships.

Emotional abuse is incredibly damaging to relationships, self-esteem, and equality between partners. It can cause lasting damage to a person’s sense of worth, and is often a tactic used to manipulate partners into staying in unloving, unsupportive relationships.
Check out our examples on Twitter or tweet your own @HRYnovascotia

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A leadership experience like no other

stclogo2016Guess what–Spring is coming, and so is Spark the Change!

What is Spark the Change? It’s the Healthy Relationships for Youth (HRY) program’s annual youth leadership retreat. It brings youth facilitators involved in the HRY program from across Nova Scotia together for a weekend focused on leadership development, team building, and reflection on their experience as peer mentors.

This year, Spark the Change will be taking place on April 15-17 at Dorje Denma Ling, Tatamagouche, NS. The program will begin on Friday evening and end at noon on Sunday. This year’s themes will include youth leadership, diversity and inclusion, community building, and more.

Want to participate? The deadline for registering is March 18. For more info and to get the registration forms, email or call 902-863-3624 ext. 233.

Get set for a life-changing experience!

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