Grantees: After-School/Out of School

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Addison Central Teens & Friends Inc.

Drop-in, Life Skills, and Minority Community Building Programs

Addison Central Teens provides a daily after school drop in space with a healthy meal, adult mentorship and support, and socio-emotional skill building opportunities for youth 12-18. We are expanding our drop in service alongside our additional critical programs, specifically our life skills classes, and we are broadening our community building support and activities for marginalized and minority youth. ACT strives to provide youth with the tools to succeed as teens and future adults. We host groups for LGBTQ+ youth, and for teens struggling with their mental health, and workshops on financial literacy to support teens from all angles. We hope to expand these programs to serve a broader range of identities, and build a variety life skills.

Building a Positive Community (BAPC)

Quality Youth Development Certification Brattleboro

Building a Positive Community (BAPC) supports the greater Brattleboro community (including the towns served by the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union school district.  We are becoming certified as a Quality Youth Development community. The Quality Youth Development or “QYD” is a community certification process that will demonstrate the greater Brattleboro community is actively promoting youth engagement and youth empowerment.

The Coalition will convene youth and adults representing a cross-section of our community to work toward meeting at least 7 of the 10 possible benchmarks identified by Essex CHIPS in Essex, VT (the host of the certification process) to qualify as a QYD community.

Hopecam, Inc.

Give Hope, Get Connected

Hopecam helps children with cancer stay connected to their schools during treatment. Our “Give Hope, Get Connected – Vermont” project is launched in conjunction with our 15th Anniversary. Hopecam is expanding our reach to Vermont. Hopecam provides each child with a tablet or laptop. If the family does not have internet access in their home, Hopecam provides it while they are in treatment. Simultaneously Hopecam works with the school to secure their participation. Schools are given web cameras and laptops, lesson plans, and support resources. 90% of our children attend Title 1 schools.

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.

Outright Vermont

Outright Vermont Family and Youth Resilience

Outright’s founders imagined a Vermont where LGBTQ+ youth would always know they weren’t alone. They launched the first social and support program in November of 1989 – a weekly Friday Night Group (FNG) in Burlington. It didn’t take long to determine that preparing youth to navigate isolation and harm wouldn’t be enough. We needed to strengthen – and when necessary, transform – the external climate affecting young people every day. This includes their own families. Outright is strengthening our family programs, and launching new co-occurring programs in northern VT. These programs will build resilience and protective factors for both families and youth, creating more safe, supportive, and stable homes for vulnerable Vermonters.

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.

Thrive After School and Summer Program

Thrive After School and Summer Program

Thrive is a childcare/enrichment program serving the diverse, close-knit, and resilient community of Winooski. We support children in grades K-5 to develop their literacy, STEM, and socioemotional skills during after school and summer time. We plan to create a Makerspace to enhance the engineering and tinkering options we provide to kids, promoting youth resilience. Using an iterative process to solve problems and persist through failure will help our students overcome challenges in other areas of their lives. Students will collaborate, imagine, and problem-solve while building cars and structures, coding and programming robots, and exploring with a 3-D printer.

Youth Services, Inc.

Friends for Change

FFC is a youth-led/adult guided, trauma-informed, and play-based program. We provide after-school and summer programming where youth thrive and learn how to build a stronger community. Our model is based on SAMHSA's Key Principles of a Trauma-Informed Approach. This approach creates a shift that allows our participants to process and communicate their stories, and reframe their traumas as strengths. We see the lives of youth who’ve experienced trauma transformed. FFC youth feel safe, seen, and empowered in very real and meaningful ways. Our data shows that as a result of being a part of FFC youth report an increase in a sense of belonging, confidence, leadership, community involvement and reduced substance use.