The National AfterSchool Association (NAA), the voice of the afterschool profession and lead organization for the advancement of afterschool professionals and leaders has selected Mavis Shepard and Melissa Pennington as two of NAA’s 2021 Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders. Mavis Shepard is an Afterschool Site Coordinator with the Addison Northwest School District in Vergennes, Vermont,… Read more »
YRBS data over the past three cycles of collection shows improvements in outcomes for students who participate in 20 or more hours per week of activities outside the school day.
Student participation that exceeds the national average and overwhelming parent satisfaction with afterschool programs make Vermont a “Top 10 State for Afterschool,” according to the America After 3PM household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance and released today. Nevertheless, unmet demand for programs – the percentage of Vermont parents who say they would enroll their… Read more »
Four projects have been selected by Vermont Afterschool to receive a Youth Council Grant that will support the formation of local youth councils across Vermont. Funded by the Northfield Savings Bank Foundation, the grants will go to the City of Winooski Community Services Department, Burlington High School Expanded Learning Program, Outright Vermont, and CVSU Afterschool… Read more »
Among Vermont high school students, racial and ethnic minorities continue to be significantly less likely to participate in any hours of afterschool programming than white students; since 2017, their average weekly rate of participate has trended slightly downward.
The Vermont Community Foundation announced that it will direct $50,000 from its VT COVID-19 Response Fund to expand a second round of Afterschool for All Grants. The donation will nearly double the amount in the competitive grant program, with over $110,000 available in one-time grants earmarked to increase access to out-of-school time programs across Vermont.… Read more »
Last time in this series, I covered some of the different types of resources that are available through the Million Girls Moonshot initiative. But this time, I wanted to delve into some specific resources related to activities you can bring into programming. They’re not all from STEM Next and the Moonshot directly, but it was… Read more »
Vermont Afterschool, Inc., in collaboration with the Vermont State Treasurer’s Office, is pleased to again be offering the VerMoney Financial Literacy program for Spring 2021. These mini-grants provide afterschool and out-of-school time programs with a curriculum, training, and financial support to teach young Vermonters to become more financially literate. Background Financial decisions impact how we… Read more »
The Youth Voice Community of Practice gathered again this month to discuss their work and how we can all do better in supporting youth voice. After a silly icebreaker that involved guessing chain restaurants from obscured pictures of their logos, we got into the real heart of the discussion. First up was Russell Bradbury-Carlin, who… Read more »
By Grace W., a member of Vermont Afterschool’s youth leadership council For the past few months I have been working with other youth from across Vermont to get a bill set up and hopefully passed in 2021. What is the bill for you may ask? Well, we believe that youth should have a voice in… Read more »