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ENGAGE

After such a difficult year, you deserve a great summer. Thanks to the passage of the American Rescue Plan, there will be a historic investment in summer opportunities for youth in Vermont. These opportunities included on this page include ways for you to connect with friends and your community, help pave the way to normalcy with your input, explore careers, find summer jobs, and most of all have FUN.

ENRICH

Your lives have been put on hold and you’ve missed out on your favorite activities like sports, performing arts, academic support, exploring the outdoors, and simply hanging out with your friends or having opportunities to meet new friends. Click on the map to check out the summer programs near you or search who’s hiring.

EARN

We know you missed out on some opportunities to be independent this past year–like get a new job, save money, or make your own purchases. As we get back to normal and things open back up, there are a ton of businesses interested in hiring teens. These include camps, restaurants, landscaping businesses, retail stores, and so many others.

➡️ List of VT businesses who are looking to hire teens for the summer

Looking for a job working with kids this summer? Consider working at a summer camp or summer learning program in your community! Fill out our intake form and we’ll match you with programs looking to hire teens and young adults. www.vermontafterschool.org/recruit

Open positions for everyone. Are you looking for something else? Here are job postings from across the state for all Vermonters of any age. www.vermontjoblink.com

Know your rights. More information on the employment of minors can be found here.  The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires “for profit” employers to pay employees for their work. In Vermont, this means paying the state minimum wage of $11.75 per hour. To determine if one should get compensation as an intern, this fact sheet is helpful in understanding the distinctions. If you have questions, feel free to call the Vermont Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division at (802) 951-4083 or email Labor.WageHour@nullvermont.gov

Are you a Vermonter who receives Social Security Benefits (SSI or SSDI) and want to learn more about the incentives to go to work? Call the VR Work Benefits Helpline for more information (800-361-1239) or visit the Benefits Counselor Program page.

EXPLORE

Are you starting to think about what kind of career you’re interested in and how to explore these options? Perhaps a mentor could be a helpful resource as you explore these options and think about your future.

Career Exploration Opportunities
Short Description:
VT VocRehab is providing summer work experiences and training for high school students 14 to 21 (including those graduating in June 2021) statewide to facilitate success post-graduation. The program includes both a work experience and at least two hours a week of classroom time to focus on work readiness. This opportunity begins the week of June 28th through August 20th. Students may participate for 3 to 8 weeks, and earn minimum wage for both the work and classroom components.

Target age group:
High School students ages 14 to 21 (including students graduating in June 2021) on an IEP or 504 and are either currently working with or would like to work with VT VocRehab.

Link to registration and more information: The application link is now closed, as we have reached full capacity and youth teams may prepare for the summer program. If you would like to learn more about VT VocRehab, please complete the interest form here, or contact Brian Guy, Transition Program Associate Manager, at brian.guy@nullvermont.gov.
Short Description:
Vermont Youth Employment Program (VYEP) through the Vermont Department of Labor’s Workforce Development Division supports a wide variety of opportunities to ensure Vermont youth and young adults (ages 16-24) have the skills, training, and experience they need to successfully enter the workforce and find meaningful employment. Currently seeking participants for Summer and Fall 2021 opportunities across Vermont [including the Vermont Barn Painting Project and Campground Renew Crew].

Target Age Group:
Vermont youth and young adults ages 16-24

Link to registration and more information:
Interested in learning more? Connect with our Local Career Specialists at Labor.Vermont.gov/workforce-development/VYEP
Short Description:
DBVI/LEAP: VT Division for the Blind is providing summer work experiences and job readiness workshops for students aged 14 to 24 to facilitate success as students transition to college or work. This program includes work based learning options as well as weekly skill building workshops focused on job readiness and self advocacy. This opportunity begins on June 28th and runs through July 30th. Students are expected to commit to the full 5 week program and will earn $12.00/ an hour for the work experience.

Target age group:
Students ages 14 to 24 and are open with VT Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Link to registration and more information:
Applications are due May 3rd, 2021.
Find more information and applications at: https://resourcevt.org/training-programs/leap/
Contact your local DBVI transition counselor to learn more, or email Kaelyn Modrak, LEAP Program Manager, at kaelyn.modrak@nullvermont.gov
Short Description:

Are you a curious, passionate, motivated 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grader?

At GIV’s interactive online Summer 2021 Immersions, you’ll join a community of curious and engaged Vermont high schoolers for 1-2 weeks, diving deep into a topic of your choosing. At GIV, students play an active part in developing knowledge through interactive and hands-on workshops, activities, research, and more. With the guidance of expert mentors and the help of a supportive community of newfound friends, you will find inspiration, and learn all about the varied career pathways and opportunities that match your interests.

You won’t have to worry about money or tech issues either - for summer 2021 tuition is “pay-what-you-can” and GIV’s tech support team is ready to help out with any internet or device issues.

Topics in summer 2021: Arts, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Science & Technology, Global Issues & Youth Action, Health & Medicine, Mathematical Sciences, Technology & Design

Target age group: 9th-12th grade

Link to more information: https://giv.org/2021
Short Description:

Hartford Area Career & Technology Center will offer a Summer Camp for incoming 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students the week of June 21. There will be about 120 students in the camp. It is a camp focused on exploring career paths (with a summer camp flavor).
Center for Technology, Essex has the following planned:
- Two weeks of extended programming for Dental Assisting students so they can complete clinical hours in area businesses.
- Culinary Camp for middle school students, offered in collaboration with the local Parks & Rec Department.
• Stafford Technical Center is offering middle school tech camps.
North Country Career Center will offer three, week-long summer camps for middle and high school students: “Beta Masters" (video game design) and "Eco Genius" (environmental studies) both done for five consecutive days by Tom Bacon (formerly Young Hacks, now Future Genius) plus a Tech Savvy Girls Camp for one week.

Target age group: 12 - 18

Link to more information: Contact Ruth Durkee, State CTE Director (Ruth.Durkee@nullvermont.gov)
Short Description:
Work-based learning experiences involve student interactions with industry or community professionals in real, virtual, online, or simulated work environments that expose learners to post-secondary options, provide opportunities for skill development and proficiency attainment, and allow students to reinforce and deepen their school-based learning. The Agency of Education’s Work-Based Learning Manual offers a variety of tools to support safe, meaningful, and sustainable work-based learning experiences for all learners. This manual is designed to assist practitioners with the development, implementation, and evaluation of well-rounded work-based learning experiences for all learners.

Target age group:
Students ages 14-18+

Link to more information:
https://education.vermont.gov/documents/edu-work-based-learning-manual
Alternative Program Opportunities
Short Description:
We're a 1:1 mentorship program that runs year-long and have both community and site-based programs, but do not run any group programming. Our geographic range is the entire state of Vermont, with program concentrations in Windham County, Chittenden County and the NEK. We also serve a handful of children in Windsor, Addison, and Franklin Counties and work with multiple school districts.

Target Age Group:
Ages 6-17

Link to registration and more information:
Enroll: https://bbbs.tfaforms.net/4841169
Email: info@nullbbbsvt.org
Tel: 802-689-0092
Short Description:
Vermont 4-H is a statewide program open to all youth ages 5-18. Our fun, hands on, experiential programs offered are focused on science and technology, civic engagement and healthy living. This summer youth can participate in local community clubs as well as other opportunities such as our Natural Resources Management Academy, Summer of Science, Citizenship Washington Focus and other enrichment workshops and camps that will help youth build both life skills and 21st century career skills.

Target Age Group: 5-18

Link to registration and more information:
https://www.uvm.edu/extension/youth
Description of Program:
During a series of six 45-60 minute Zoom sessions, your child will participate in nutrition activities, play games and be active with other children. They will learn about replacing sweetened drinks with low-fat milk and water, eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, eating fewer high-fat and high-sugar foods, and playing actively every day. Sessions are offered by University of Vermont Extension’s EFNEP and taught by trained Nutrition Educators. This course may help to fulfill part of the Comprehensive Health Education subject area in your child’s Minimum Course of Study (MCOS)

Target Age Group: 3rd-6th grade

Link to registration and more information:
Multiple series dates and times are available. Class size is limited to 20 children. Minimum number of participants required to run each series. Register for the series of your choice:
Wednesdays @ 10am, June 30 – August 4: https://qualtrics.uvm.edu/jfe/form/SV_4O4nmNcj4a4w6mq
Mondays and Thursdays @10am, July 12 -July 29: https://qualtrics.uvm.edu/jfe/form/SV_02FSLMWOB7p4qEu
Tuesdays @ 8am, July 13 - August 17: https://qualtrics.uvm.edu/jfe/form/SV_bqj9GuESDVWp3iC
One full week Monday - Friday @ 9am, August 2-6: https://qualtrics.uvm.edu/jfe/form/SV_6EzbxdRqqJIroR8

For more information, or to request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact: efnep@nulluvm.edu
Short Description: Advocates for Sexual Knowledge (A.S.K.) is a peer educator program from Planned Parenthood of Northern New England that equips youth with the knowledge and skills they need to serve as sexual health resources for their peers. This unique leadership opportunity empowers youth to be agents of positive change for themselves, their peers, and their communities. Interested youth complete an application and must have parent permission to participate. The program begins with a 25-hour training over the course of a few weeks, then continues with regular, weekly meetings. The Summer 2021 program will be virtual and is open to youth ages 14-18 living anywhere in Vermont.

Target Age Group: 14-18 years old when you begin the program

Link to registration and more information: Visit http://bit.ly/vtpeered2021. Applications are requested by June 4 for participation in the summer program. You can also reach out to Andrea with questions at education@nullppnne.org
College Sponsored Opportunities
Description of Program:
The National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) is a fun, interactive, FREE program held on the Vermont Technical College campus for students entering 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades.The program provides students with hands-on exploration of future careers in transportation through awareness of the complex transportation system we’ve come to rely on. Interactive labs, field trips and guest speakers will engage the students as they drive a big rig in the CDL simulator, visit mass transit systems, and learn how bridges are designed and created. Exploring energy, the environment and eco-friendly transportation systems gives focus to how Math, Science, and English all relate to transportation careers. The NSTI is sponsored by the Vermont Agency of Transportation and funded through a grant from the Federal Highway Administration.

Program Overview:
- Extensive field trips to sites throughout Vermont
- Non-residential day camp
- Qualified instructors and counselors oversee all aspects of curriculum and activities
Group and independent exploration and learning

For more information:
https://www.vtc.edu/academics/high_school_students/youth-camps/national-summer-transportation-institute
Description of Program:
Coder Camp is designed to give girls the opportunity to bring their creativity and translate that into an active software coding environment. Cost: $175 (includes two lunches, snacks, field trip, and all program activities) with partial scholarships available. The Coder Camp for Girls is a day camp designed for girls entering grades 7-12 (Fall 2021) who want to learn about software development and experience making a program of their own creation. Campers will work with Vermont Tech faculty and student counselors who have extensive experience with software development and inspired learning with a wide variety of students.

Campers will learn to program using SCRATCH, a friendly and robust programming language tool developed by MIT. The camp experience includes a strong education component with computer labs each day to work on the development of a program, a field trip to a local software development company, and with physical activity that will reinforce the labs with logic, team building, and some good old fashioned fun. The camp experience will culminate with students being able to present their program creations to parents. Come see how your child has harnessed big ideas, gained essential programming skills, and the confidence to translate that into a runnable program.

For more information:
https://www.vtc.edu/academics/high_school_students/youth-camps/coder-camp-for-girls/
Program Name:
Coder Camp is designed to give boys the opportunity to bring their creativity and translate that into an active software coding environment. Cost: $175 (includes two lunches, snacks, field trip, and all program activities) with partial scholarships available. The Coder Camp for Boys is a day camp designed for boys entering grades 7-12 (Fall 2021) who want to learn about software development and experience making a program of their own creation. Campers will work with Vermont Tech faculty and student counselors who have extensive experience with software development and inspired learning with a wide variety of students.

Campers will learn to program using SCRATCH, a friendly and robust programming language tool developed by MIT. The camp experience includes a strong education component with computer labs each day to work on the development of a program, a field trip to a local software development company, and with physical activity that will reinforce the labs with logic, team building, and some good old fashioned fun. The camp experience will culminate with students being able to present their program creationsto parents. Come see how your child has harnessed big ideas, gained essential programming skills, and the confidence to translate that into a runnable program.

For more information:
https://www.vtc.edu/academics/high_school_students/youth-camps/coder-camp-for-boys/
Description of Program:
AeroCamp is a program designed to give young people a unique opportunity to explore the world of aviation and aerospace. Aerocamp is for youth ages 12-17 who want to learn about the exciting world of aviation and experience the training that can lead to a career as a professional pilot.
- Campers learn first-hand about the dynamics of airplanes and flight along with the broad spectrum of careers in the aerospace industry.
- Campers will have the opportunity to fly different types of aircraft.
- The camp experience includes a strong education component and field trips to explore the aviation industry.
- Flying is extremely weather-dependent, and will be evaluated on a daily basis for safety.

Space is limited to 12 campers!

Cost: $650 (includes field trip transportation and flight time)

For more information:
https://www.vtc.edu/academics/high_school_students/youth-camps/aerocamp/
Description of Program:
Get started on one of Vermont Technical College’s Engineering Technology or Allied Health Programs this summer.

Engineering Technology
Get started on one of Vermont Tech’s Engineering Technology Programs in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering. Choose one or multiple classes below:

ELT1015 Introduction to Engineering (1 credit). July 1 –August 20 (in-person in Williston)
MEC1011 Design Communications I –SolidWorks (2 credits). July 1 –August 20 (online)
ENG1060 English Composition (3 credits). July 1 –August 20 (online)
MAT1312 Pre-Calculus II (3 credits). May 24 –August 20 (online)

Allied Health
Get started on one of Vermont Tech’s Allied Health Programs in Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, Dental Hygiene, Paramedicine, Radiologic Science. Choose one or multiple classes below:

IO2011 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits). May 25 –July 2 (online)
BIO2012 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits). July 5 –August 20 (online)
BIO2120 Elements of Microbiology (4 credits). July 1 –August 20 (online)
BIO1030 Introduction to Nutrition (required for Nursing only) (3 credits). July 1 –August 20 (online)
ENG1060 English Composition (3 credits). July 1 –August 20 (online)

General Education
Get started on college level general education courses that will transfer to your college of choice. Choose one or multiple classes below:

ENG1060 English Composition (3 credits). July 1 –August 20 (online)
CHE1031 Introduction to General Chemistry (4 credits). May24 –August 20 (online)
MAT2021 Statistics (3 credits). May 24 –August 20 (online)

For more information:
https://www.vtc.edu/academics/high_school_students/
Description of Program:
Basketball camp for girls in 4th-12th grade. Coach Barrett has designed the Castleton Basketball camp to enhance the skills of players of all ages. The camp includes drills to improve fundamentals, competitive age-group games and daily lectures on the different facets of the game. CAMP HIGHLIGHTS: T-Shirt and ball to all participants, awards for contest winners, 9-1 camper to instructor ratio, two full sized gyms, indoor pool time and The Gun rebounding machine. Overnight or Day Camp experience.

For more information:
https://castletonsports.com/sports/2020/7/8/castleton-camps-clinics.aspx
Description of Program:
Camp is for boys ages 8-18. Under the guidance of Coach Culpo, the Castleton Basketball Camp is designed to enhance the skills of players of all ages. The camp includes drills to improve fundamentals, competitive age-group games, and daily lectures on the different facets of the game. Shooting, passing, ballhandling, screening and pivoting are key fundamentals that will be stressed during the camp.

For more information:
https://castletonsports.com/sports/2020/7/8/castleton-camps-clinics.aspx
Description of Program:
Introduction to College and Careers (ICC) provides students in 8th-12th grade with the opportunity to explore the college experience within the context of their future career goals. Students reflect upon their strengths, interests, values, and goals by focusing on three key questions—Who am I? What are the habits of effective people? What will I do after high school?—and learn about the expectations necessary to succeed in academic and professional settings. In addition to the core curriculum, students will complete four or more modules on a variety of topics, such as time management, test taking, personal budgeting and communication skills. This course also provides students with an introduction to online learning, including an overview of the College’s portal environment. CCV runs several sections of ICC throughout the summer.

For more information:
http://gotocollegevt.org