By Maria Stewart, Co-Director of the Wings Community Programs Wings Community Programs is launching the April Blast Virtual Program Camp for students grades K-12 during school vacation next week, April 20-24. We have an incredible group of talented, innovative, creative, and extraordinary program leaders who have truly taken the idea of virtual programming to new heights! We… Read more »
By Venissa White, Director of TRSU ASP On March 30th, the TRSU After School Program (ASP) started providing virtual programming to students within our supervisory union. Over the course of a weekend, we had 60 ASP children and 48 families enroll in this new program being offered 4-5:30pm daily. Students were divided by school and… Read more »
One of the many challenges that has come out of the COVID-19 pandemic is the management and distribution of information. Things have been changing day-to-day and hour to hour and it’s tough to keep up. I, for one, have had to battle some “information overload” and finding genuinely useful resources in the piles of what’s… Read more »
This week we are featuring one program in Addison County working to support youth and families. Across Vermont, afterschool and youth-serving providers like MAUSD are shifting priorities and reshaping outreach strategies through the COVID-19 pandemic. They inspire us and remind us that the field of afterschool continues to be one based in resilience, positive youth… Read more »
As information about the novel coronavirus unfolds, there can be a wide range of thoughts, feelings, and reactions. Remember to recognize that everyone is having different responses and that over the next few days or weeks you may experience periods of: Difficulty concentrating and sleeping Anxiety, worry, panic Anger … Read more »
*Updated 3/17/20 Vermont schools and afterschool programs are closed too. So what does that mean from here on out? We don’t know any better than anyone else what is ahead of us or how long the disruption will go on for, but we will do our best to offer up-to-date resources and ways to help.… Read more »
Using Fall 2019 Planet Youth survey data from six communities in Vermont, we are able to estimate the percentage of middle and high school students that do not participate in quality structured group activities in their out-of-school time. We also look at how these estimates vary among grade-level groups.
New data from the Vermont Youth Project has been released that indicates risk and protective factors for teens around family, school, peer groups, and out-of-school time activities in addition to perceptions of substance use. Currently, there are six communities participating in the Vermont Youth Project, which is a new initiative designed to boost positive youth development… Read more »
We know from research that students need to participate in expanded learning programs with high levels of intensity in order to reap the expected benefits. Our analysis shows that sustained long-term funding is correlated with 21C programs accomplishing dosage-related goals.
We recently published a guidebook for afterschool and third space program providers with simple tools and resources that will support prevention efforts in their programs. Research over the past decade has shown that the third space is critical to helping children and youth develop into healthy, well-rounded adults. A young person spends only 20% of… Read more »