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Welcome, Robin!

Posted on June 5th, 2019 in: Blog, vermontafterschool

We are thrilled to share that Robin Katrick has joined the Vermont Afterschool team as our new Youth and Community Health Coordinator.

In this role at Vermont Afterschool, Robin will be piloting the Vermont Youth Project in several Vermont communities as well as supporting afterschool programs and staff with prevention tools and resources. The Vermont Youth Project is a community-driven collaborative designed to embrace positive youth development at the local level. At the root of the Vermont Youth Project is a data collection tool that will be based off the Iceland Prevention Model and encourages parents and communities to be engaged around positive youth development. Risk and protective factors are analyzed from an annual youth survey, which allows for targeted interventions at the local level.

Robin has several years of experience in community development, program development, and community health. At the start of her career, she has spent time overseas working with rural communities on sustainable development, clean water, and education projects. In Vermont, Robin has worked in wellness with the State of Vermont and most recently worked with the University of Vermont Medical Center developing a primary prevention program in Chittenden County. Robin has her BA in Community Development and Public Health and is currently working toward her MPH. She holds certifications in facilitative leadership, health coaching, running coaching, and EFL. Robin lives in Chittenden County with her husband and two dogs and enjoys long distance running, cycling, hiking, and being outdoors.

You can reach Robin at:
robin@vermontafterschool.org or 802-448-3464

2019 Youth4Youth Grant Awards Announced

Posted on May 2nd, 2019 in: Blog, vermontafterschool

From a cultural diversity day to building school bike trails to a writing workshop to a rabbit adoption event, 14 different youth-led projects are about to launch across Vermont thanks to the 2019 Youth4Youth Grants.

Grant amounts ranged from $100 to $3000 and were open to any Vermont youth age 10 to 22 to apply. Young people from all across the state voted on the 44 proposals and selected the 14 finalists. The 14 grant recipients were announced in April with an awards ceremony at the State House on April 12, 2019.

Miles Robbason, an 11-year-old from West Rutland, wrote a grant called “STEAMing All the Way to California.” The grant will fund his Lego Robotics team to travel to California, where his team will show off their robot they built that does autonomous missions.

“This grant is going to be really helpful for us because the cost of this experience is staggering,” explained Miles. “This is a one in a lifetime experience.”

Alia Ross, a 14-year-old from Winooski, co-wrote a grant with three other Winooski students that will create supervised areas in the Winooski Middle/High School where teens can hang out after school ends when waiting for sports practice to start, or waiting for a ride to pick them up, or simply have a safe place to be with friends or do homework.

“We’re really excited for this grant,” emphasized Ross. “We aim to get it up and running in just a few weeks.”

A project of Vermont Afterschool, the statewide Vermont Youth Council designed the grant program with the goal of inspiring youth-initiated projects that will benefit Vermont’s young people. The grant program funded proposals across Vermont that promote a wide array of rights identified in the Youth Declaration of Rights, which was written in Fall 2017 exclusively by youth between ages 9 and 22.

This is the first year of the Youth4Youth Grants, with plans to expand the grant process for the next round of funding.

“We so grateful to the Vermont Department of Health for supporting this project,” stated Vermont Afterschool Executive Director Holly Morehouse. The Department of Health provided funding for the Youth4Youth grants, as well as to Vermont Afterschool for the creation of the Vermont Youth Council and a new statewide initiative focused on elevating youth voice.

According to Morehouse, “We cannot underestimate the importance of fostering a sense of belonging for our young people, which in turn connects to healthy lives and well-being. This is an important step for our state to recognize and support our youth in helping them to feel empowered, try new things, and feel connected within their communities.”

2019 Youth4Youth Grant Awardees

$100-$1500 Projects $1500-$3000 Projects
Burke Town School Bike Trails | Burke Build bike trials on the school’s campus to provide recreational access for all students. Mi Vida, Mi Voz: A Writing Workshop | Shelburne A weekend writing workshop for migrant youth to explore their voice and connect with others.
Cultural Diversity Day | East Montpelier Spread cultural awareness to the school and greater community through a day of activities. STEAMing All the Way to California | Rutland Travel to a national Lego robotics competition to compete against and meet other teams from all over the world.
Dog-A-Thon | Shelburne A running race and dog adoption event to raise money for the Humane Society. Summer Bowling | Springfield Create weekly bowling clubs for grades K-12 during youth-led summer programming.
Never Have I Ever | Springfield Provide funding for foster families to be able to access fun community resources and experiences. Rabbit Adoption and Drop Off Agency | Shelburne Create a place where people can foster and adopt rabbits.
Reducing Hunger in Our Community | Burke Working with existing community partners to make and donate meals to those in need. The Winooski Hang-Out: A Place for Everyone After School | Winooski Provide middle and high school youth a flexible, safe and supportive space to hang out after school.
Ski Trip | Burlington A trip to Cochran’s ski area for DREAM program mentees. VTeen 4-H Science Pathways Cafe / Summer of Science | Royalton Provide science education programs both for and run by youth in their communities.
Vermont Youth Voices Rally | Waterbury Sustainability awareness and advocacy event with informational booths and activities. Winooski School Band Private Lesson | Winooski Provide private lessons for members of the school band from professional musicians.

Celebrate the Heart of Afterschool Programs During “Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week”

Posted on April 16th, 2019 in: vermontafterschool

Vermont Afterschool is joining with the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) to celebrate the professionals that are at the heart of afterschool programs during “Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week” April 22-26, 2019.

“We believe Afterschool professionals make a difference in the lives of young people,” said Holly Morehouse, Executive Director. “We encourage everyone to join us this week in thanking the afterschool professionals in their lives.”

Why is it important to recognize Afterschool Professionals?
An estimated 10.2 million children participate in afterschool programs each year. Today, afterschool programs are viewed as much more than just childcare. They are widely credited as the way to enhance education in STEM, literacy, the arts, social and emotional learning, health and wellness, and more. With that demand comes increased responsibility on the estimated 850,000 of professionals who are making a difference in the lives of our children.

What is Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week?
Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week is a joint effort of community partners, afterschool programs, youth and child care workers, and individuals who have committed to dedicating time to recognize and appreciate those who work with youth during out-of-school hours. The week is marked by celebrations and public relations efforts to encourage people to thank afterschool professionals serving children in programs and organizations across the nation.

Who is an Afterschool Professional?
An Afterschool Professional is someone who works with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings to provide a wide variety of extended learning opportunities and care during out-of-school hours. Currently, there are an estimated 850,000 afterschool professionals in the US.

How can I thank an Afterschool Professional?
• Declare on social media: I appreciate the Afterschool Professionals who make a difference in the lives of young people. #heartofafterschool
• Give a hand-written card from you and/or your child to the afterschool professional in your life.
• Send an email to an afterschool professional’s supervisor describing why that person is appreciated.
• Bring treats to the staff at your afterschool program.

For more information about Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week visit: http://www.heartofafterschool.com

New Interactive Map of Expanded Learning Opportunities

Posted on March 14th, 2016 in: Blog, vermontafterschool

We are happy to announce an exciting new feature on our website: an interactive and dynamic web map of expanded learning opportunities in Vermont! The map shows all of the afterschool and summer learning sites that we know about. You can hover over each site for more information and filter them by geographic information (county, town) and/or by organization/site name. Sites can also be filtered by site type (21C, licensed, teen centers, Boys and Girls Club, YMCAs) and by whether they are Vermont Afterschool members. There’s also a handy text search box.

For more than four years, we have been tracking afterschool and summer programs internally by aggregating information from a variety of sources such as the Agency of Education’s 21C funding information, the Child Development Division’s STep Ahead Recognition System (STARS) for licensed programs, individual updates from our event registrations, and our own surveys. We decided that it was time to make this information publicly accessible so that our stakeholders can search for programs both in their local areas and statewide.

By leveraging the power of Microsoft Access Web Apps, Mapbox’s geocoding services, and Tableau Public, we were able to accomplish this. But as with anything of this scale and dynamism, it is a work in progress. We are hopeful program directors and site coordinators will help us maintain the data. We have therefore included on the page links to two surveys: one to add sites which are missing and one to correct or update any misinformation.

We hope to add more information such as links to program websites and detailed operating information in the near future. For now though, we invite you to try out the map and let us know if you have specific feedback or ideas for improvement.

Check out the map here.

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STEM Initiative

Posted on February 1st, 2015 in: vermontafterschool


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New Training Opportunities

Posted on October 18th, 2009 in: vermontafterschool

The Vermont Center for Afterschool Excellence offers a broad array of professional development opportunities and services for program directors, site coordinators, staff, educators, partners, and administrators.

NEW CCV ONLINE COURSE for Spring 2013

Special Topics: Development of the School-Age Child (EDU 2712) is an online course we are offering with CCV that focuses on afterschool education related to the development of school age children. Emphasis is on exploring the interconnections between child/youth development, the transition to and participation in school, and growth within a community context. Topics include: developmental theories and research, observation and assessment tools, design of inclusive integrated curriculum, understanding school and community in the context of youth development, and transitions related to providing afterschool education. See the online college course page for further information and how to register.

NEW WORKSHOPS for Fall 2012: Regional Group Trainings

We have a number of new trainings this fall for our regional groups around Vermont. These trainings are typically organized by the Regional Group Directors and are posted when additional space is available. Check out our calendar for listings or on the regional training opportunities page.

NEW for 2012-13: ISS-AP Strands
Our new strands of Individualized System of Support for Afterschool Programs (ISS-AP) kick off on September 20th, 2012 and carry into 2013. Check out the ISS-AP page for more information on the strands, coaches, and individualized learning experiences available to afterschool professionals.

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