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ADDISON CENTRAL TEENS
PO Box 1115
Middlebury, VT 05753
Supervisor: Cicilia Robison
Springfield School District
13 Fairground Road
Springfield, VT 051256
Supervisor: Tami Stagner
ACT (Addison Central Teens) provides a Teen Center and after-school alternatives that are welcoming, safe and fun for all teenagers in the community. Teens have a place to hang out as well as opportunities to plan and participate in activities, special events and community service at the Teen Center and throughout the community.
We provide short-term programming, one-time events, and summer camps to support our mission of providing welcoming, safe and fun alternatives for teens in Addison County. Our programming includes daily drop-in hours, short-term workshops and one-time events, and summer programming. We have recently revitalized our Community Leadership Group to create opportunities for teens to plan and participate in activities, special events, and community service.
The Youth Health and Success AmeriCorps member acts as a mentor and role model for the youth of Addison County. With a focus on unconditional positive regard, healthy choices, and service learning, the Youth Health and Success AmeriCorps promotes knowledge about healthy lifestyle choices and helps youth develop healthy, long-term habits and attitudes. Programs include activities that promote healthy futures through physical activity, education, and meals; community-based activities such and service-learning projects and Community Conversations; and coordination of after-school programming. To support initiatives, members build capacity by recruiting and managing volunteers, fostering relationships in the community, and conducting community outreach and public relations.
All-4-One at Riverside Middle School and Springfield High School is a before, afterschool, and summer program for students in grades K-12 with a variety of social, physical, enrichment, and academic activities available on a daily basis. All-4-One also facilitates homework support, teacher help nights, and daily enrichment and academic clubs for students. In the summer, students attend a full day or half day program featuring activities that gets them moving inside and outside. Our new SPACE (Teen Center) will open in June at a downtown location housing afterschool opportunities for 7th-12th graders. The AmeriCorps member focuses on supporting SPACE programs and ensuring their success.
The VYDC-All-4-One SPACE AmeriCorps helps create programs, services, and activities that prepare youth for success. The member—(1) provides guidance and role modeling to youth; (2) plans, organizes and implements a range of programs, services, and activities for youth and visitors; (3) tracks improvement and evaluation of programs; (4) maintains public relations and promotes the center; (5) keeps in contact with middle and high school students and staff to assure youth needs are being met; (6) recruits, trains, and manages volunteers; and (7) collaborates with parents, civic groups, and social agencies within the community.
ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
1 College St, Burlington, VT 05401-5215
Phone: (802)862-1848 x 134
Supervisor: Jill Strube
P.O. Box 32
South Londonderry, VT 05155-0032
Supervisor: Taylor Curtis
ECHO is a science and nature museum located on the Burlington Waterfront. We welcome more than 150,000 visitors annually into our 34,500-square foot, award-winning LEED-certified facility. Through more than 100 interactive exhibits; 70 species of fish, reptiles, and amphibians; major changing exhibits; a 2,500-square foot early learning interactive space; ECHO encourages visitors to view the natural environment as part of their neighborhood and to explore, learn about, and consider opportunities for stewardship. This work is delivered by a dedicated team of 30 staff and 100 volunteers and interns who serve more than 16,000 volunteer hours per year. Our outreach programs travel across the state and include high-impact in-person and virtual classroom programs, a STEM kit lending library, and a traveling STEM Festival.
The AmeriCorps State member develops and implements programming to increase interest in STEM learning leading to youth having increased confidence in their ability to apply STEM skills and families having increased skill in supporting youth STEM literacy.
Nestled in the mountains of Southern Vermont, The Collaborative promotes the development of a healthy, involved community supporting substance-free youth in a caring environment. The Collaborative provides essential programs for middle and high school youth, such as the Refuse to Use ski and ride program, an incentive-based prevention program serving 300+ youth; Student Empowerment Groups, middle and high school youth who meet weekly to develop leadership skills such as advocating for policy change and being role models for healthy behavior. The Collaborative also provides services to grade school youth, such as afterschool programs offering homework help, arts activities, and physical movement; a summer day camp focusing on recreation and experiential learning; a community garden teaching youth and families about nutrition and providing them with healthy, low-cost produce; and a mentoring program pairing youth in need with a caring adult.
The VYDC members promotes our mission through activities designed to help youth succeed in school and develop healthy habits. The members create and lead nutrition, gardening, physical activity, and leadership programs; facilitate civic engagement discussions, oversee a substance-free drop-in program for middle school students; plan and lead creative programs before and afterschool programs and summer camps for elementary students that disguise learning in fun, interactive, and effective activities; and build collaborations within the community to ensure support of the meaningful work of The Collaborative. All of these activities led by the members will ensure that youth build the knowledge and skills to succeed.
ESSEX TEEN CENTER/ESSEX CHIPS
Lincoln Hall, 2 Lincoln St.
Essex Junction, VT 05452
Supervisors: Justin Hoy
THE IN-SIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT
Essex CHIPS (Community Health Initiatives and Programs for Students) is a nonprofit community coalition of youth and adults that, since 1986, has worked to support and empower youth and improve community well-being in Essex, Essex Junction and Westford, Vermont. In collaboration with partner agencies, CHIPS works to identify and respond to the most current issues local youth are facing, providing equitable access to all programs and striving toward our mission of “uniting the community in an environment where people are empowered to make healthy choices through youth-adult partnerships, youth leadership, and civic engagement.”
Our award-winning initiatives include: 1) the vibrant Essex Teen Center after school program; 2) FriendCHIPS school-based youth mentoring; 3) the Healthy Youth Coalition, a group of community partners who meet monthly to plan activities that promote youth well-being; 4) CHIP In! community service projects for youth, and 5) Essex Above the Influence, a student-led group promoting positive behaviors to their peers.
Essex CHIPS is seeking three AmeriCorps State members to join our dynamic, fun, and dedicated team of staff and volunteers. The members will play a significant role in supporting our youth programming by planning and leading activities for the afterschool program; recruiting, training, and supporting program volunteers; and creating regular opportunities for youth leadership and community service. The members will work closely with youth, volunteers, and other staff to ensure they contribute to and benefit from the positive culture of CHIPS programming, with a focus on promoting healthy decision-making, inclusiveness, and building quality relationships
183 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Supervisor: Victoria Heisler
In-Sight’s mission is to empower youth through the photographic arts to find their own creative voices and communicate their unique personal visions. Classes are provided to students regardless of their ability to pay. In-Sight envisions a world where all youth achieve their personal goals, contribute positively to their communities and appreciate diversity in all its forms including race, ethnicity, culture, economic status, religion or sexual orientation.
As the In-Sight Photography Project AmeriCorps member you promote In-Sight’s mission by providing direct services to youth; engaging in activities and projects to foster community engagement; and creating curricula and teaching. You recruit and train volunteer teachers; promote the program to the community through materials you develop and market, as well as through strategic use of social media platforms. You organize photography exhibits in our gallery, participate in non-federal fundraising events to support member-led programs, and identify potential collaborations with partner organizations. You use existing databases and develop new ones to track alumni and volunteers, and enhance systems for class registration, program evaluation and feedback, equipment usage, and inventory. SEND: resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 references. TRAVEL: to and from monthly training in Montpelier, VT; car recommended.
GOVERNOR'S INSTITUTES OF VERMONT
The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV) focuses on fostering young people’s positive development through hands-on learning to inspire academic and creative passions, build confidence and leadership, and expand their sense of possibility. GIV attracts students from every high school for its summer and winter residential study opportunities on college campuses. High schoolers choose the topic that they are interested in and spend 1-2 weeks in residence with college faculty and professionals mentors learning about the field and expanding their leadership skills, aspirations, and sense of possibility. Extensive outreach and sliding scale tuition help ensure that GIV reaches historically disadvantaged populations.
The VYDC GIV AmeriCorps Member joins GIV’s team in producing life-changing out-of-school learning opportunities for more than 550 young people each year. The member conducts outreach and develops relationships with schools, agencies, and organizations to enable more students from diverse backgrounds to attend. The member identifies and pilots best practices to grow access for disadvantaged youth, then develops plans to make those practices scalable and sustainable. The member also expands volunteer involvement, develops volunteer management infrastructure, and fundraises non-federal dollars for scholarships, as well as in-kind donations for member-supported programs. Office is in Winooski, VT. Travel: regular outreach around VT and monthly travel to Montpelier for AmeriCorps training; valid license and reliable private transportation required. GIV provides CSA farmshare.
20 West Canal St., #C5
Winooski, VT 05404
Supervisor: Karen Taylor-Mitchell
12 Bradley St, Milton, VT 05468
Supervisor: Jennifer Saunders
MAPLEHILL SCHOOL & COMMUNITY FARM
Milton Town School District
The values of the Milton Town School District (MTSD) are scholarship; innovation; equity; care for the mind, heart, & body; and collaboration. We cultivate each student’s interests while fostering novel approaches and creating inclusive, safe, and affirming spaces. We meet basic needs, promote health & happiness, and encourage all to make informed, healthy choices. We work toward common goals and promote a respectful learning environment where all feel valued. In our rural community, we serve youth from pre-K through 12th grade.
To provide meaningful support to youth and families served through our Homeless Education Program, the AmeriCorps member - (1) creates information packets, (2) holds information sessions, (3) partners with local organizations to increase access to resources, (4) revises processes to make the program more effective & efficient and truly meet the needs of participants, (5) helps families access resources, and (6) collects & analyses data to maximize impact on participants.
P.O. Box 248
Plainfield, VT 05667
Website: http://maplehillschoolandfarm.org/ Supervisor: Vivian Stein
TWINFIELD TOGETHER MENTORING PROGRAM
Maplehill’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people with limited opportunities through direct educational, agricultural, and outreach services. Maplehill School and Maplehill Farm School offer two closely related yet distinct programs for high school youth and young adults who need highly personalized educational approaches to make developmental progress: one at the schoolhouse of East Hill Rd. in Plainfield, VT and the other nearby at the farm on John Fowler Rd. in Marshfield, VT. Each program provides a different approach to the special education needs of students.
The VYDC members develop and implement curriculum for youth that emphasize physical movement, life skills and healthy nutrition such as yoga, hiking, bicycle maintenance, culinary arts, gardening, pottery, wildlife tracking, sewing, woodworking, etc. Both school programs use Maplehill Community Farm as an expanded learning environment for the students. The Maplehill Community Farm provides a substantial portion of healthy food for the school lunch programs, and provides youth with opportunities for hands-on learning and job skills training such as food production, distribution, and preservation. Elmhill, Inc. also provides outreach services to community elders. The VYDC members coordinate food donations to senior housing and the local senior center, and creates weekly opportunities for youth to interact with elderly community members at the Twin Valley Senior Center.
The VYDC members take an active role in operations at the farm by creating a planting schedule, assisting youth in completing farm chores, coordinating community harvest events, etc. The VYDC members also update and disseminate public relations materials as needed.
The mission of Twinfield Together Mentoring Program (TtMP) is to provide all interested youth in our community an opportunity for a one on one friendship with a responsible, attentive, and nurturing role model through a mentoring relationship. There are three mentoring programs under the umbrella of TtMP: community based mentoring, school based literacy mentoring, and peer mentoring. The TtMP AmeriCorps member supports individual matches from all three programs, organizes & facilitates healthy activities for matches to access, and enhances outreach & public relations.
The member also supports the youth of Twinfield Union School in accessing healthy activities during and after school. The member is encouraged to build relationships with youth by organizing afterschool activities that share their personal interests and experiences. The member will also collaborate with the middle school teaching team to support a service-learning project with youth. Twinfield School is located on 60 acres of land and has recreational equipment that the AmeriCorps member can access. Applicants should be willing to be physically active and be able to set good boundaries with youth.
106 Nasmith Brook Rd.
Plainfield, VT 05667
Phone: 802.426.3213 X255
Supervisor: Pam Quinn
SPECTRUM YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES
38 Elm Street
P.O. Box 627
Montpelier, VT 05601-0627
Website: You're on it!
Supervisor: Danielle Shaw
177 Pearl Street
Burlington, VT 05401
Supervisor: Jennifer Morton-Dow
223 Lake Street
St. Albans VT, 05478-2221
Supervisor: Stefanie Comstock
WINOOSKI COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
The mission of Spectrum is to empower teenagers, young adults, people with a history of violence, and their families, to make and sustain positive changes through prevention, intervention, and life skills services.
Spectrum is a leader, recognized locally and nationally for offering innovative best practice programs and services responsive to community needs in collaboration with community partners. Clients are welcomed and respected, and receive the support and resources they need to change their lives. The organizational culture supports independent thinking, interdependent teamwork, mastery in our work, and passion for impacting people’s lives.
Programs include: Drop-In Center, Supported Housing Programs, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Counseling, Mentoring, Case Management, and Violence Intervention programs. We also work closely with the Pearl Street Youth Clinic, which is a part of the Community Health Centers of Burlington.
The VYDC member will serve in the Drop-In Center, the access point for many of our clients, which provides basic needs, including food, clothing, hygiene items, shower, laundry, etc. Youth use the computers in the space, assisted by the VYDC member, to apply for jobs, housing, health benefits, etc. The VYDC member will build trust and relationships with our clients and be able to discuss a variety of difficult topics (i.e. substance abuse, mental health issues, trauma) while always remaining client-focused, empathetic, and positive.
The AmeriCorps Food Coordinator is the point person in our Drop-In Center for all things related to food, meals, and the kitchen. The member will do meal planning, grocery shopping, cooking and serving food, and organizing and maintaining the kitchen. Knowledge of healthy food preparation, nutrition, and kitchen safety required. Member will run a healthy cooking, nutrition, and food prep class for our youth. The Food Coordinator will manage food and meal donations and kitchen volunteers. The member will also connect with community partners and our development department to sustain and increase volunteers and meal donations.
Apart from these specific duties, the VYDC member will manage the Drop-In space and provide informal counseling, support, specifically connecting with youth who are in the military or are part of military families. The VYDC member will also provide informal counseling to our clients and refer them to area resources and other Spectrum programs. Some of the activities in Drop-In include: discussion groups, cooking classes, Life Skills groups, Jobs Class, HIV/STD prevention groups, and healthy activities, e.g., art, yoga, hiking, etc.
The VT Youth Development Corps’ (VYDC) sponsor, the Washington County Youth Service Bureau (Bureau), has a mission to provide a wide range of innovative and effective programs that empower & enrich the lives of youth & families and to provide leadership & support to youth programs in Vermont.
VYDC members serve around VT at innovative, youth-focused organizations that address critical community issues; they build community support for programs that help youth thrive and become healthy, engaged citizens. VYDC members help communities embrace and value targeted, results-driven investment in youth initiatives that serve thousands of youth.
The VYDC Leader is part of a professional team that runs a 30-member program. Duties—(1) Support members-visit members at their sites; develop esprit de corps, opportunities to reflect, and connection to AmeriCorps; provide individual support, ensure that members successfully complete service; and help members develop leadership skills and a lifelong commitment to service. (2) Coordinate and implement Dr. King Day events in central VT and support other events around VT. (3) Plan community service events. (4) Connect members with other national service participants and organizations in their community, to enhance their service experience. (5) Implement public & community relations through traditional & social media and developing partnerships with community stakeholders. (6) Create prompts & edit 3 program newsletters. (7) Implement professional development & training plan that supports members in meeting service requirements (healthy futures, military families, capacity building). Prior national service experience preferred.
WASHINGTON COUNTY YOUTH SERVICE BUREAU/BOYS & GIRLS CLUB -- BASEMENT TEEN CENTER
c/o WCYSB/ Boys & Girls Club
P.O. Box 627
Montpelier, VT 05601
Phone: 802.229.9151, 802.223.3877
Supervisor: Robert Morgan
The Washington County Youth Service Bureau/Boys & Girls Club (Bureau) is a community-based, nonprofit agency that has been serving youth and families since 1974. Its mission is to provide a wide range of innovative and effective programs that empower and enrich the lives of youth and families in Washington County, and to provide leadership and support to other youth programs throughout Vermont.
The Basement Teen Center, located in the basement of Montpelier City Hall, is a substance-free, adult supervised space for teens to gather, attend workshops, learn leadership skills, enjoy a free meal and have fun. During the school year the BTC is open from 2-6 pm Monday through Thursday, and from 3-10 pm on Friday. During the summer and school vacations, the BTC is open 1-5 pm Monday through Friday – the Basement is staffed daily by at least two experienced and trained adult workers.
The VYDC member is crucial to the success of our small team and will collaborate with a diverse group of staff to meet the needs of young people, develop skills, and facilitate healthy expression. Programs at the BTC inherently encourage young people to decrease anti-social behavior, increase self-confidence and self-worth as well as connect with their communities.
The Basement Teen Center AmeriCorps member will plan, implement, and supervise programs and drop-in, collect data, and recruit youth. The focus of service is on the following: teaching youth how to cook healthy meals; creating regular opportunities for physical activities (hiking, paintball, wii fit, Frisbee); recruiting volunteers for arts programs and fundraising; managing systems (social media, blog, databases); engaging youth in military families; facilitating civic engagement activities (discussions, service projects); and creating opportunities for creative expression(music, writing, photography). The member will help to facilitate other programs that encourage positive growth (job skills, academic help, life-skills). The member will spend mornings in the office planning and afternoons in the teen center.
P.O. Box 314
Bristol, VT 05443
Supervisors: Tasha Ball
27 W Allen Street
Winooski, VT 05404-2198
Supervisors: Jenny Hill
The Winooski Community Services Department fosters relationships across generations & cultures by providing safe, healthy environments & opportunities for residents to connect and engage. We promote lifelong wellness & offer high-quality, affordable programs & events that respond to community needs. We manage the O’Brien Community Center, Myers Memorial Pool, and many enriching year-round youth programs. The challenges of generational poverty & English language proficiency facing many of our families make the need for accessible, low-cost, high-quality programming compelling.
A designated Refugee Resettlement community, Winooski is home to a diverse population (31 native languages spoken in schools, & 38% of students considered “English Language Learners). Many families depend on City programs & services to help them connect to the community, rise up out of poverty, and for New Americans, acculturate & settle into a new community.
The Willowell Foundation, based on 230 acres in Monkton, Vermont, connects people with the arts, education, the environment, and each other through land-based programs and activities. Some of our programs are the Walden Project, a nationally recognized outdoor public high school program; summer camps; artist residencies; Wren’s Nest Wilderness Preschooler; afterschool program; Volunteers for Peace; wildlife monitoring classes; place-based professional development; community gardening; farm to school initiatives; and wetland conservation. We serve local students in public and private schools, teachers and community members, and focus on at-risk youth.
The VYDC-Willowell Program Coordinator AmeriCorps Member spends 2 to 3 days a week serving with the high school youth of the Walden Project and the other days leading outdoor early education at Wren’s Nest, engaging volunteers in the community garden, or building program capacity at the Willowell office. The member directly serves youth by supporting each student’s learning and projects; leading afterschool programs—outdoor activities with K-4th grade students, such as wildlife tracking, art and creative projects, and hikes; facilitating civic engagement discussions; and coordinating community service projects. The member also recruits youth from low-income families in Addison County; develops curricula (emphasizing physical movement and nutrition activities); creates a public outreach strategy and distributes promotional materials; recruits and trains community volunteers; and researches and writes non-federal grants for member-led programs.
VYDC-Willowell Preschool Program and Outreach AmeriCorps Member serves 3 to 5 days a week at Wren’s Nest collaborating on and leading a nature-based curriculum. Supported by a dynamic teaching team, the member leads hikes, nature art and garden activities, storytelling, wildlife tracking, and identifying birds and wild edibles. The member leads lessons that emphasize physical movement and nutrition. The member serves in the office 1-2 days a week, creating a public outreach strategy, distributing PR materials, writing non-federal grants for member-supported initiatives, recruiting and training volunteers, and enhancing our capacity to support children from low-income and at risk families.
The impact of this position is measured by the number of young children who gain confidence and skills in their nature-based classroom. The member collaborates with staff to maintain excellence-in-education standards, as well as build capacity for scholarships. The member creates avenues for at-risk families to thrive socially and emotionally, provides families with information about available resources, and organizes outreach efforts to families of young children.
For more information about the VYDC Host Sites, contact:
Madison Braz, Assistant Director of National Service Programs: vydc.vyt.AD2@wcysb.org
Hans Heisler, Assistant Director of National Service Programs: vydc.vyt.AD1@wcysb.org
Danielle Shaw, Assistant Director of National Service Programs: email@example.com
M. Kadie Schaeffer, Director of National Service Programs: firstname.lastname@example.org