Addison Central Teens & Friends
Closing the After School Gap
Teens attending school in the Addison Central Supervisory District (ACSD) that do not participate in sports, have limited options for programming after school. Addison Central Teens (ACT) seeks to work with the Middlebury Parks and Recreation Department (MPRD), the local High School and Middle School to offer teens, as well as their families affordable, healthy and educational programs when the school day ends. Engaging youth in programming after school is essential to helping reduce the risk of youth experimenting with drugs and alcohol, incidences of truancy, graduation rates from high school, as well as improved cognitive and physical health.
Support for transgender and gender creative youth, children, and families
Friday Night Group is Outright Vermont’s (ORVT’s) signature social-support program—meeting every Friday in Burlington since 1989! Today, groups in Burlington, Montpelier, Morrisville, and Brattleboro offer a drop-in space that celebrates who LGBTQ+ youth are. Groups enable youth to be themselves, connect with peers about shared joys and challenges, and engage with LGBTQ+-identified adults who model healthy behaviors and ensure that group is safe and supportive. Youth choose topics and lead conversations, while facilitators uphold youth generated rules that govern group, provide support, and referrals. ORVT established a strategic priority to increase access for rural LGBTQ+ youth; with your support, Friday night group can expand statewide!
Rutland County Parent Child Center
Learning Together - Nature Works
Nature Works provides outdoor experiential programming to at-risk youth from disadvantaged families, in a farm and forest setting. Youth are drawn from RCPCC’s Learning Together alternative high school and from a local high school grades 6-9 (where they are recruited in partnership with school counselors). Project goals combine credit toward diploma, work experience for employment and mitigation of impacts of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Participants get hands-on experience with horses and other livestock, forest ecology education, and nature-based therapeutic activities.Typically half a day’s activity will take place in the woods, away from infrastructure, so shelter and water are critical.