Grantees: Afterschool

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Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vergennes

BGC Express

The mission of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vergennes is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. We invite all young people in grades 4 through 12 to come to the club. They are welcomed by caring and competent staff and volunteers. We are seeking to expand our program to include 5th and 6th graders from the Ferrisburgh Central School (FCS). Transportation would be provided Monday - Friday to bring the students to the club in Vergennes. Once there, the children would become BGC members and join our after-school programs. We offer dinner each day, homework assistance, recreation, arts and STEM enrichment activities based on monthly themes.

Camp Daybreak

Camp Daybreak: a residential mentoring program for children with mental health conditions

Children with social or mental health needs have unique challenges. Camp Daybreak is a proven residential program to help these beautiful yet vulnerable kids. Each child is provided with a nearly 2 : 1 support ratio of energetic and encouraging staff and volunteers. This nationally renowned program based on evidence-based mentoring allows our passionate volunteer group to cater the experience to the individual mental, behavioral, social and financial needs of each child. Camp Daybreak is often cited by campers and their caregivers as “the most important time of their life.” For the first-time, Camp Daybreak kids are afforded an environment where they can be themselves. The outcomes are life-changing and the feeling of success lasts forever.

Creative Lives, Inc.

Creative Lives Afterschool Program White River Junction

Creative Lives will expand our existing after school program at White River School (serving pre-k-5 students) to include a summer program that mitigates summer learning loss, helps at-risk youth develop focus skills, explore their interests, and provides programming for families. The poverty rate at the school is 55% and 13% of families are homeless. An extended year program isn't available for non IEP students. Discussions with the Principal and WRS staff, parent feedback, and data point to a need for summer learning that prepares incoming kindergartners for success at school, develops literacy and math skills for K-5th grade students, teaches learning and study skills, develops discernment, and inspires a life-long love of learning.

Mary Johnson Children's Center

Mary Johnson Children's Center/ Weybridge After-School

We are establishing a licensed afterschool program  under the supervision of Mary Johnson Children’s Center; our request would help to initiate and support programming for up to 25 children per day. At the request of parents of Weybridge, and their school principal, we surveyed the need for and interest in afterschool programming. In addition to meeting the needs indicated in the survey results, the recent consolidation of schools in the Addison Central Supervisory Union has implications for a possible re-distribution of students that would increase enrollment at the Weybridge school, and add more potential participants in afterschool programming. The proposed program would benefit the larger community, in this way as well.

One Planet Program

One Planet Program

We want to inspire a love of Science and an attitude of competence in this field among our K-6th grade students by increasing opportunities for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) learning time.  We believe that the afterschool and summer setting, with its creative, flexible structure, is the perfect environment to explore STEM topics and spark a love of learning in this field.

Riverside Middle School 'Not' Summer School Program- Springfield School District

Riverside Middle School 'Not' Summer School Program

The Riverside Middle School "Not Summer School" program is an enrichment program offered to low socioeconomic status students with limited summer opportunities. Throughout the summer Riversides "Not Summer School" program provides a 4-week enrichment program for students going into 6th-8th grade. Additionally, the students we enroll have missed upwards of 30 days of school and can immensely benefit from a summer enrichment program. We call this program “Not Summer School” because our kids associate summer school with hours of endless math and reading while trapped inside on a beautiful day.  “Not Summer School” focuses on learning “in real life”.  We focus on skills needed every day, and we focus on fun.


Very Merry Theatre

Very Merry Theatre Enhanced Outreach Program

Very Merry Theatre (VMT) provides young people aged 6-18 the opportunity to perform classical works of drama and literature in a traveling theater company and/or through after-school and residency programs. Dedicated to the concept that theatre arts advances children’s literacy as well as encourages collaboration across differences,  VMT is committed to providing program access to all interested children, through responsive policies, an active scholarship program, and commitment to overcome logistical limitations.