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.

Mary Johnson Children's Center

Mary Johnson Children's Center

MJCC School Age -- Stronger Families would amplify the efforts of our six licensed programs across Addison County to strengthen and support families and children that we serve. It will explore and deepen parental resilience, expand opportunities for social connections among children, parents and communities, offer education and instruction for program staff and parents together in the social, emotional and cognitive benchmarks and developments for children ages six to twelve. Over the course of three years, the promotive factors identified by the state of Vermont as integral in the stability of hundreds of families will be examined, addressed and improved for 85% of participants, by their own report; sustainable results will be documented.

One Planet Program

One Planet Program

Over the past three years, we have developed a robust STEM program in our eight programs.  As a next step, we hope to develop and implement a dynamic robotics program.  Robotics provide rich grounds for the development of valuable transferable skills, like problem-solving, critical thinking, communication and 21st century skills.  By its nature, the study of robotics inherently incorporates all four pillars of STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, making it a truly dynamic and multi-disciplined learning opportunity. Robotics also allows scaffolding in learning--through a variety of techniques, students can move progressively toward deeper understanding and, ultimately, greater independence in the learning process.

One Planet Program

One Planet Program

In partnership with Rochester/Randolph Area Sports Trail Alliance (RASTA) and Green Mountain Bikes, One Planet intends to expand and improve outdoor sport opportunities for our students and increase exposure to natural resources in the area.   With this grant, we hope to purchase 5 youth mountain bikes, allowing One Planet to expand our current fleet from 5 bikes to 10.  With 10 bikes, we will be able to offer students at our summer camps high-quality mountain bike instruction and begin to build a culture of youth mountain biking in the area.   Green Mountain Bikes has agreed to provide regular maintenance and storage free of charge and can transport the bikes to different locations as needed.  

Richford Health Center Inc.

Swanton Notch Daycamp

Notch has successfully run summer daycamps for over 25 years currently offering a six week program attended by nearly 200 children in Richford and a newly added two week camp in Swanton this program has steadily grown and expanded to meet the needs of Swanton and the surrounding communities.  Our goal is provide free high qualify, enriching activities to our rural impoverished service areas as well as providing access to free nutritious breakfast and lunch daily.  Expansion of our existing programming from two weeks to four weeks in addition to our successful partnership with Swanton Recreation and area 21C funded programs would help bridge the summer food insecurity gap, address summer learning loss, and build community connections.

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.