Modeling SEL for Students

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. James Baldwin, Nobody Knows My Name (1961) I am quoting James Baldwin not only because he’s my favorite author, but because that sentence highlights the importance of modeling for children and youth. They trust what they see… Read more »

Be Flexible! Ways to Provide Quality Summer Experiences for VT Youth

The uncertainty that looms over our head, lost opportunities, canceled events, physical isolation, career setbacks, and physical, mental, and economic hardships caused by the global pandemic has affected us all. The primary focus for many of us has been all about safety. We are all trying our best to keep all parts of our lives… Read more »

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 »

Virtual Youth Summit 2021

In an effort to provide an outlet for Vermont youth to share their pandemic experiences, Governor Phil Scott, the Vermont Department of Mental Health and Vermont Afterschool held a Virtual Youth Summit on March 25, 2021. The event asked students from across the state to share their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, giving the Governor… 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 »