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 »

Afterschool for All Grants Receives a $50,000 Boost from the Vermont Community Foundation

The Vermont Community Foundation announced that it will direct $50,000 from its VT COVID-19 Response Fund to expand a second round of Afterschool for All Grants. The donation will nearly double the amount in the competitive grant program, with over $110,000 available in one-time grants earmarked to increase access to out-of-school time programs across Vermont.… Read more »

Engineering Resources for Afterschool STEM Educators

Last time in this series, I covered some of the different types of resources that are available through the Million Girls Moonshot initiative. But this time, I wanted to delve into some specific resources related to activities you can bring into programming. They’re not all from STEM Next and the Moonshot directly, but it was… Read more »