Governor Phil Scott, Senator Bernie Sanders Announce Summer Enrichment Program for Vermont Youth

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott, Senator Bernie Sanders, Vermont Afterschool and the Agency of Education recently outlined a plan to enhance and expand summertime enrichment opportunities for Vermont students grades K-12.  In response to the impact of the pandemic on children, youth and families, Governor Scott, Senator Sanders and other partners are working to… Read more »

Summer Operations Survey

Vermont Afterschool is excited to be partnering with key state partners to expand summer program opportunities for children and youth. While there are many benefits to enrichment opportunities year round, we know that there are academic, social, and emotional needs of our children coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic which make this summer and the… Read more »

How to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

The State of Vermont is currently allowing for the voluntary vaccination of individuals working in regulated/ child care, preschool and afterschool programs.  This is great news! Here’s what you need to know. Eligible Individuals: Individuals working in regulated child care programs with direct contact with children, including registered and licensed family child care home providers,… Read more »

STEM Virtual Keynote with Ainissa Ramirez

We have a slew of upcoming professional development learning opportunities that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). And we’re especially excited to be able to have Dr. Ainissa Ramirez join us for a STEM virtual keynote on March 25th (11:30AM-12:30PM). This is a FREE learning opportunity that is not to be missed! STEM… Read more »

Our DEI Approach for 2021

As with so many others, 2020 upended the way we work. It has been eye-opening, illuminating, and humbling. And not just in terms of working remotely or adjusting to life in a pandemic. For our team at Vermont Afterschool, part of this re-focusing and re-envisioning our work has meant examining the way we approach diversity,… Read more »

New Data Highlights Protective Factors and Effects of COVID-19 on Vermont Youth

New data from the Vermont Youth Project reveals how protective factors can help young people reduce substance use as well as a greater need of structured activities during the out-of-school time hours in the third space. The new data also includes measures around COVID-19, with middle and high school students showing a significant increase of… Read more »

Teen Center COVID Relief Grants

With support from the Vermont Community Foundation, Vermont Afterschool is releasing a one-time COVID-19 relief funding opportunity for established teen/youth centers that are currently running programming as of January 1, 2021. This funding is to support the continued operation of teen centers serving Vermont youth from 13 years old into their 20s during these challenging… Read more »

NAA Honors Two VTers in the 2021 Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders

The National AfterSchool Association (NAA), the voice of the afterschool profession and lead organization for the advancement of afterschool professionals and leaders has selected Mavis Shepard and Melissa Pennington as two of NAA’s 2021 Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders. Mavis Shepard is an Afterschool Site Coordinator with the Addison Northwest School District in Vergennes, Vermont,… Read more »

Vermont Is a ‘Top 10 State for Afterschool,’ Even as Unmet Demand for Increases

Student participation that exceeds the national average and overwhelming parent satisfaction with afterschool programs make Vermont a “Top 10 State for Afterschool,” according to the America After 3PM household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance and released today. Nevertheless, unmet demand for programs – the percentage of Vermont parents who say they would enroll their… Read more »

2020 Youth Council Grants Awarded to Third Space Programs Across VT

Four projects have been selected by Vermont Afterschool to receive a Youth Council Grant that will support the formation of local youth councils across Vermont. Funded by the Northfield Savings Bank Foundation, the grants will go to the City of Winooski Community Services Department, Burlington High School Expanded Learning Program, Outright Vermont, and CVSU Afterschool… Read more »