We Are Afterschool

We know afterschool is part of the solution. We’ve seen it time and time again in the high-quality programs that keep kids safe, support working families, and engage learners. We’ve seen it in summer learning programs; we’ve seen it in the third space for older youth; and we’ve seen the positive outcomes that boost student… Read more »

Adapt & Evolve: The Story of Wings’ Virtual April Vacation Camp

By Maria Stewart, Co-Director of the Wings Community Programs Wings Community Programs is launching the April Blast Virtual Program Camp for students grades K-12 during school vacation next week, April 20-24. We have an incredible group of talented, innovative, creative, and extraordinary program leaders who have truly taken the idea of virtual programming to new heights! We… Read more »

A COVID-19 Resource Library Just for YOU

One of the many challenges that has come out of the COVID-19 pandemic is the management and distribution of information. Things have been changing day-to-day and hour to hour and it’s tough to keep up. I, for one, have had to battle some “information overload” and finding genuinely useful resources in the piles of what’s… 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! Prevention Resource Guide for the Third Space

We recently published a guidebook for afterschool and third space program providers with simple tools and resources that will support prevention efforts in their programs. Research over the past decade has shown that the third space is critical to helping children and youth develop into healthy, well-rounded adults. A young person spends only 20% of… Read more »

VerMoney Financial Literacy Mini-Grant

Vermont Afterschool, Inc., in collaboration with the Vermont Treasurer’s office, is pleased to offer Financial Literacy Afterschool Grants for Spring 2020. These mini-grants are offered to support afterschool programs in providing programming that will enable young Vermonters and their families to become more financially literate. Background Financial decisions impact how we all live, work, and… Read more »

Helsinki Visitors Support Vermont Youth Councils

During the week of October 14th, two strands of youth leadership that span the Atlantic merged for an informational and cultural exchange. Two visitors from Finland were invited by Vermont Afterschool as part of an ongoing international partnership: Vivian Ljungqvist, the student head of the Helsinki Youth Council and Johanna Laukkanen, a youth worker supporting… Read more »

Celebrate the 20th Annual Lights On Afterschool

Join more than 8,000 communities and 1 million Americans in celebrating afterschool programs for this year’s Lights On Afterschool on October 24, 2019. This nationwide event, organized by the Afterschool Alliance, calls attention to the importance of afterschool programs and the resources required to keep the lights on and the doors open. Vermont Afterschool is proud to… Read more »