Do You Mind?

…That the healthcare system isn’t designed to meet the needs of queer, trans, and Two-Spirit youth?

Do You Mind? is a FREE community mental health leadership program developed by the Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC) [http://cbrc.net], the Youth Project, EMHC in Edmonton [https://ourhealthyeg.ca/], and YouthCo in Vancouver [http://www.youthco.org/]. It was created by 2SLGBTQIA+ people for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth (18 to 25). 

Do You Mind? equips participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to respond to the mental health challenges facing our communities. Participants can expect to make new friends while gaining a range of personal and practical skills in the areas of mental health and community-based health promotion. Participants will learn from and build connections with community leaders and organizations. 

The program runs three weeks, meeting every Monday and Wednesday afternoon from August 5 to 24. Meetings will be online via Zoom and using Google Classroom. Each meeting will be 2 to 3 hours long between 2 and 5 p.m. This program is open to youth all across Nova Scotia!

But there’s more! Following the completion of Do You Mind? participants will work together, supported by the Youth Project, to develop and launch their very own community mental health project to address local needs.


If you have any questions or would like more information, reach out to Kirk Furlotte at: kirk.furlotte@cbrc.net

Meet the team

Kirk Furlotte (he/him)

Kirk is a white settler living in Mi’kmaqi. As the Atlantic Regional Manager with the Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC), he oversees CBRC’s programs and initiatives across all four Atlantic provinces. As a teen, Kirk attended the Youth Project and gained the confidence and skills to come out through the YP’s support groups. Beyond his work in 2SLGBTQIA+ health, Kirk is a practitioner of Zen Buddhism and is working towards his ordination as a Zen priest.

Tobias Hayes (he/him) 

Tobias is an artist and a community worker who has been at the Youth Project since May 2019 as Program Assistant. His role includes graphics and illustration, resource development, and program development and promotion. Tobias is a white settler who was raised in Měnagwĕs/Saint John, now living, collecting, and creating in K’jipuktuk/Halifax. The art Tobias makes is often about his experiences navigating queer spaces as an autistic trans person, and in response to community conversations around safer sex and harm reduction.

Skye Cross (she/her) 

Skye is the current Programming & Communications Coordinator at The Youth Project. She came to the Youth Project as a youth in 2012, later joining the Youth Board and taking on various roles as a staff member since that time. Skye is passionate about her dog (Odin) and Netflix drama series. 

Mateo Ferguson (he/him)

Mateo is a local community member and activist while also being a student at NSCC for social services. He is a resident born and raised in Nova Scotia with a Jamaican background, he is an active member in his community for rights for the LGBTQ2S+ and BIPOC community, as well as a poet, which has helped him to deal with many struggles in his life through spinning his experiences as a gay black man in Nova Scotia into an articulate tale for all to relate to.