The Vermont Youth Project is a community-driven collaborative designed to embrace positive youth development at the local level. We support inclusivity of youth in the community and implementation of strategies that will help youth thrive in the community, at school, and home. A community that participates in the Vermont Youth Project commits to giving youth a voice in their community and amplifying and creating healthy spaces for youth.
The backbone of the Vermont Youth Project is the data that is based on Planet Youth’s efforts in Iceland (and worldwide) and encourages parents and communities to be engaged around positive youth development. VYP also takes inspiration from Finland’s efforts on youth voice as a way to make this a truly unique “Vermont model” that focused on positive youth development versus an exclusive drug and alcohol prevention tool.
Participating communities will each have specific and localized plans that start with access to real-time data so they know what’s going on with their youth right now. With the data, these communities will decide and implement community strategies with support and facilitation from Vermont Youth Project staff and consultants. The overall goal is to support communities with amplifying, connecting, and refocusing the great programming and efforts already happening in their locales as well as identifying new opportunities to provide healthy environments for youth.
We kicked off this project by hosting a training for community and school leads from the six participating communities on September 17-18, 2019. Leading this training was Planet Youth’s Director Jon Sigfussion from Iceland and Dr. Michael Mann, associate professor at Boise State University.
2019-2020 Communities in the Vermont Youth Project:
- Fair Haven
Robin Katrick, Youth and Community Health Coordinator