Virtual Professional Development for Spring 2020

We’ve been listening a lot to what the field needs in the coming months and are excited to share our updated virtual professional development calendar. In addition to the weekly virtual roundtables we are offering, we also are hosting a number of online professional development opportunities for afterschool and youth-serving staff for the months of… Read more »

Afterschool is Part of the Solution: MAUSD’s Story

This week we are featuring one program in Addison County working to support youth and families. Across Vermont, afterschool and youth-serving providers like MAUSD are shifting priorities and reshaping outreach strategies through the COVID-19 pandemic. They inspire us and remind us that the field of afterschool continues to be one based in resilience, positive youth… Read more »

Managing Fears and Anxiety around Coronavirus

As information about the novel coronavirus unfolds, there can be a wide range of thoughts, feelings, and reactions. Remember to recognize that everyone is having different responses and that over the next few days or weeks you may experience periods of: Difficulty concentrating and sleeping            Anxiety, worry, panic Anger                   … Read more »

In This Together: How we are supporting the field through COVID-19

As a field committed to relationships and networks, we are thinking deeply about what the COVID-19 pandemic means for youth-serving organizations in the out-of-school time hours and ensuring they are sustained in ways that are intentional and responsive. As our physical routines are broken and movements are restricted, it can lead to us becoming trapped… Read more »

New Data Highlights Risk & Protective Factors for VT Youth

New data from the Vermont Youth Project has been released that indicates risk and protective factors for teens around family, school, peer groups, and out-of-school time activities in addition to perceptions of substance use. Currently, there are six communities participating in the┬áVermont Youth Project, which is a new initiative designed to boost positive youth development… Read more »

Governor’s Address Features Afterschool

Yesterday, Governor Phil Scott gave his annual State of the State address to the Legislature and featured afterschool for all as a central part of his policy platform. In the speech, the Governor proposed “that we begin creating a universal afterschool network that ensures every child has access to enrichment opportunities outside of current classroom… Read more »

We’re hiring for a VISTA!

Vermont Afterschool is for a new AmeriCorps VISTA position this year. The Substance Misuse Prevention VISTA will be working on our Vermont Youth Project and family engagement strategies. This is an excellent opportunity for someone to gain experience connecting public health and youth development concepts to actual project strategies being implemented on the ground and… Read more »