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 »

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 »

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 »

Vermont Afterschool Joins the Million Girls Moonshot Initiative

The STEM Next Opportunity Fund recently announced a multi-year grant to Vermont Afterschool as part of the Million Girls Moonshot. The Intel Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation have joined STEM Next Opportunity Fund and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to launch the Million Girls Moonshot. The effort is designed to engage one… Read more »

Vermont Afterschool to Partner on School-age Child Care Expansion

Vermont Afterschool, along with key partners at the Vermont Department for Children and Families and Let’s Grow Kids, will coordinate Governor Phil Scott’s recent directive to increase school-age child care this fall. Last week Governor Scott announced that the state would direct $12 million in federal coronavirus relief funding to increase the capacity of the… Read more »

Vermont Afterschool Receives New Grant from the NSB Foundation

We are pleased to announce a new grant from the Northfield Savings Bank Foundation (NSBF), the charitable arm of the Northfield Savings Bank. A two-year $100,000 grant to Vermont Afterschool will provide funding for our Youth Leadership Initiative, an impactful project that puts young people at the center of decision-making in our communities through the… Read more »

Summer Matters: Celebrate National Summer Learning Week July 6-11, 2020

Summer is not canceled this year, and summer learning opportunities are more important than ever in 2020. Across Vermont, summer programs are adapting and innovating to ensure children and their families can access quality summer learning opportunities and critical supports and services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of these programs, Vermont Afterschool joins the… Read more »