Vermont Afterschool is a nimble, flexible, and dynamic nonprofit working statewide to bring the power of afterschool to every community. We mobilize people, organizations, and communities to connect afterschool and summer programs with the supports they need to create positive youth outcomes for inspiring futures.
Overall Statewide Impact
- Vermont has 255 towns, and 177 of them have afterschool programs and/or youth-serving organizations — the map below outlines the towns where such programs exist. In FY19 and FY20, VTA initiatives directly impacted programs in 159 of those towns. That’s 59% of all towns and 89% of towns with programs.
- 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) of Vermont are an integral component of the before school, after school, and summer learning programs in our state. The 21st CCLC program provides grants for high-quality, expanded learning opportunities outside of regular school hours for children in a safe and secure educational environment. In the past decade more than 100 new sites have been generated as a result of this initiative. Vermont Afterschool has been reporting on evaluation data for Vermont’s 21st CCLC programs since 2010. Additionally, we provide professional development, technical assistance, onsite coaching, and quality improvement supports to all 21st CCLC programs across Vermont.
- Lights on Afterschool is a day set aside across the nation to celebrate the vital role afterschool programs play in the lives of children, youth, families, and communities. Vermont Afterschool, in partnership with the nationwide organization Afterschool Alliance, and with a proclamation from Phil Scott, encourages afterschool programs across the state to participate in Lights On Afterschool events every fall.
- Afterschool Advocacy Week offered a variety of different opportunities to advance afterschool, summer learning, and third space policy in Vermont. We were joined by afterschool and third space program providers, partners, youth ambassadors, and parents/caregivers to help shape the future of afterschool in our state.
- Vermont Youth Project (VYP) is a statewide initiative supporting communities with building an environment that embraces positive youth development. As the state developer and manager of VYP, Vermont Afterschool helps participating communities establish local coalitions centered around positive youth development.
- VTA has impacted 74% of all known afterschool and youth-serving organizations in FY19 and FY20.
- VTA has impacted 100% of 21C programs and 58% of center-based licensed organizations that serve school age children and youth in FY19 and FY20.
- VTA provided 337 hours of professional development through 139 workshops to 503 practitioners across the field in FY19 and FY20. Based on data from evaluations from 1,349 evaluations collected in those years:
- 87% of attendees gained new knowledge;
- 90% of attendees said they would apply what they learned; and
- 91% of attendees said attending workshop(s) would help them do their jobs better.
- To support programs with regard to the COVID-19 crisis in spring 2020, VTA hosted open field rountables via Zoom field multiple times per week. In total, 331 individuals representing 232 afterschool and youth serving program sites throughout 132 towns throughout the state attended the roundtables.
- Over 17,000 PreK – 12 students in Vermont ultimately benefit from Vermont Afterschool’s initiatives. (This is based on 12,000 students that attended 21C programming and 5,300 students that attended the school-age licensed programs that we served in FY19 and FY20).
- 61 youth ages 9 through 21 representing 14 projects around the state received Youth4Youth grant funding in 2019 to fund their own ideas and initiatives.
- School-year programming availability: Among 21C programs, school year programming availability has been increasing in each of the past four years. In FY19:
- 82% of sites offered at least 32 weeks of programming.
- 74% of sites offered at least 5 days/week of programming.
- Summer programming availability: Among 21C programs, the amount of summer programming has been on the rise. The following percentages are all five-year highs. In FY19:
- 96% of 21C summer sites operated for at least 5 days/week;
- 90% operated for at least 21 hours/week; and
- 79% operated for at least 5 summer weeks.
- Serving the neediest students: In FY19, 74% of 21C sites had rates of regularly-attending students that were eligible for free and reduced lunches that met or exceeded their corresponding school rates. This was the highest rate in five years.
* Copies of our IRS 990 Forms are available upon request.