The Vermont Youth Project (VYP) is a statewide initiative supporting communities with creating a built environment that embraces positive youth development. As the state developer and manager of VYP, Vermont Afterschool helps participating communities with establishing local coalitions centered around positive youth development, creating localized plans to address risk and protective factors of youth, supporting youth voice and engagement, and building cross-sector partnerships and collaboration. Communities that participate in VYP commit to empowering youth and creating healthy accessible spaces for youth to be themselves, engage with peers, learn new skills, and connect with caring adults.
We recognize that every community is in their own stage of readiness to build an environment that supports positive youth development. There are a variety of ways to participate in Vermont Youth Project and we’re here to support you and your community at every step. Learn more about what our youth data has told us this year below, how your community can benefit from participating in VYP and how to take action as a community or individual.