You have a voice and a say in this world! Join the conversation about Universal Afterschool and Summer by submitting your story to the Vermont Youth Vision Board, as designed by the State Youth Advisory Group (made up of young people). It offers a way to hear from young people like yourself across Vermont about what life is like for you in your community right now, what programs and opportunities you would like to see afterschool and over the summer, and what other resources and supports would really make a difference. All Vermont youth ages 12-18 are invited to participate. Also, if you are interested in youth advocacy and want your voice heard, join one of the youth councils around the state. You deserve a great summer and opportunities afterschool in every part of Vermont!
There is a wide range of opportunities for you this summer and throughout the year! There are career exploration opportunities throughout the state, college sponsored opportunities, sports camps and clinics, academic support, jobs to earn money, outdoor experiences, and finding work you are passionate about. Below you will find lists of opportunities available throughout the state with varied opportunities you can see, click on, and join!
Do you want more independence by getting a new job, saving money, or making your own purchases? Join Vermont’s workforce! There are a ton of businesses interested in hiring teens. These include camps, restaurants, landscaping businesses, retail stores, and so many others. COMING SOON: a list of VT businesses who will be looking to hire teens for summer 2022 and for year-round opportunities as well!
Looking for a job working with kids this summer? Consider working at a summer camp or summer learning program in your community! Fill out our intake form and we’ll match you with programs looking to hire teens and young adults.
Open positions for everyone. Are you looking for something else? Here are job postings from across the state for all Vermonters of any age.
Know your rights. More information on the employment of minors can be found here. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires “for profit” employers to pay employees for their work. In Vermont, this means paying the state minimum wage of $12.55 per hour. To determine if one should get compensation as an intern, this fact sheet is helpful in understanding the distinctions. If you have questions, feel free to call the Vermont Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division at (802) 951-4083 or email Labor.WageHour@nullvermont.gov
Are you a Vermonter who receives Social Security Benefits (SSI or SSDI) and want to learn more about the incentives to go to work? Call the VR Work Benefits Helpline for more information (800-361-1239) or visit the Work Incentives Counseling page.
Are you starting to think about what kind of career you’re interested in and how to explore these options? See below many different career exploration opportunities and mentor programs to help in your search.
Career exploration opportunities
If you’re a high school student with a disability, or the parent or guardian of one, and you’re ready to start thinking about life after high school, consider meeting with a HireAbility VT Transition Counselor.
Vermont Youth Employment Program (VYEP) through the Vermont Department of Labor’s Workforce Development Division supports a wide variety of opportunities to ensure Vermont youth and young adults (ages 16-24) have the skills, training, and experience they need to successfully enter the workforce and find meaningful employment.
DBVI/LEAP: VT Division for the Blind is providing summer work experiences and job readiness workshops for students aged 14 to 24 to facilitate success as students transition to college or work. This program includes work based learning options as well as weekly skill building workshops focused on job readiness and self advocacy. This opportunity begins on June 28th and runs through July 30th. Students are expected to commit to the full 5 week program and will earn $12.00/ an hour for the work experience.
LEAP Crew Members work three days a week at their choice of three different work sites; work with a local community garden one day a week, and participate in weekly career and college readiness workshops. Students live in dorms at Champlain College in Burlington where they practice independent living skills and build a community of peers. On weekends, the crew explores the Burlington, VT area with activities such as canoeing, rock climbing, swimming, visiting museums, playing games, and more. Students will earn $12.55/ an hour and can work up to 32 hours/week.
- Session 1: June 25-July 10
- Session 2: July 14-July 29
Virtual Work-Based Learning Program for the opportunity to expand your network, practice job skills, and complete meaningful and challenging work all from the comfort of your own home. This opportunity begins on June 20th and runs through July 22th. Students will earn $12.55/ an hour and can work up to 20 hours/week.
Target age group: Students ages 14 to 24 and are open with VT Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Applications are due March 15, 2022.
To learn more, contact your local DBVI transition counselor, or contact Sarah Kirby, LEAP Program Coordinator, at 847-354-0450 or email@example.com.
Work-based learning experiences involve student interactions with industry or community professionals in real, virtual, online, or simulated work environments that expose learners to post-secondary options, provide opportunities for skill development and proficiency attainment, and allow students to reinforce and deepen their school-based learning. The Agency of Education’s Work-Based Learning Manual offers a variety of tools to support safe, meaningful, and sustainable work-based learning experiences for all learners. This manual is designed to assist practitioners with the development, implementation, and evaluation of well-rounded work-based learning experiences for all learners.
Target age group: Students ages 14-18+
Are you a curious, passionate, motivated 9th, 10th, or 11th grader? At GIV’s Summer 2022 Immersions, you’ll join a community of curious and engaged Vermont high schoolers for 1-2 weeks, diving deep into a topic of your choosing. At GIV, students play an active part in developing knowledge through interactive and hands-on workshops, activities, research, and more. With the guidance of expert mentors and the help of a supportive community of newfound friends, you will find inspiration, and learn all about the varied career pathways and opportunities that match your interests.
You won’t have to worry about money issues - for summer 2022 tuition is “pay-what-you-can” and you only pay what your family can afford.
Topics in summer 2022: Arts, Astronomy, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Science & Technology, Global Issues & Youth Action, Health & Medicine, Mathematical Sciences, Technology & Design
Target age group: 9th-11th grade
The program provides middle and high school students with hands-on exploration of future careers in transportation through awareness of the complex transportation system we’ve come to rely on. Interactive labs, field trips and guest speakers will engage the students as they drive a big rig in the CDL simulator, visit mass transit systems, and learn how bridges are designed and created. Exploring energy, the environment and eco-friendly transportation systems gives focus to how Math, Science, and English all relate to transportation careers.
Target age group: Rising 7th graders to rising 12th graders
From the Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center (AHEC) signature health careers exploration program for students in grades 10-12, MedQuest provides high school students an opportunity to explore a wide variety of careers in health care, from the well-known to the unexpected. Through workshops and job shadows, students will have an opportunity to see a variety of careers in the health care workforce. Students will also learn some basic medical skills, medical terminology and be introduced to a variety of career and education tracks. Register by March 15, 2022.
Rosie’s Girls is a trades and career exploration program for middle school girls and gender-expansive youth entering grades 6-8. At Rosie’s Girls, participants are exposed to a career field that is non-traditional for women through hands-on learning in a supportive environment.
VYCC is all about working on a crew (a small team). You’ll work hard together and laugh a lot. You’ll help each other and be surprised at what you can get done together! Sure, you will start out as strangers. After 36 years of running crews, we can assure you, you’ll leave with friends. Our goal is to make sure you are safe and supported. Your goal will be to complete projects that make your community and the environment healthier. Crews are all about growing food, building trails, cleaning up our waterways, building efficient backcountry shelters, and/or improving forest health. Do you want to get paid to make a difference? If so, we hope you’ll join VYCC!
Vermont 4-H is a statewide program open to all youth ages 5-18. Our fun, hands on, experiential programs offered are focused on science and technology, civic engagement and healthy living. Youth can participate in programs such as 4-H Science, Teen and Leadership Programs, UVM College Collaboration K-12 Outreach, Youth Agriculture Project, and Youth Farm Safety.
This program provides students/participants the opportunity to explore options in healthcare through paid job shadows and classroom learning while receiving college credit. The Healthcare Careers Pathway Program, a 12-week employment program, will begin in May with classes held at CCV’s Morrisville location with shadowing at Copley Hospital.
For more information on the program as well as participant responsibilities and qualifications, please visit Copley's website. Virtual Information Sessions, which Copley encourages anyone interested in the program should sign up for, are also available on Copley’s website.
CCV is offering a fully funded Certified Production Technician (CPT) workshop for manufacturing apprentices beginning May 10 and ending December 13. These workshops will be held via Zoom on Tuesday evenings, from 6 to 8 PM. Students will earn four individual certificates in Safety, Quality Practices, Manufacturing Processes, and Maintenance Awareness from the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC), resulting in full CPT certification.
Vermont manufacturers who are looking to either hire new apprentices or upskill their current production workers through apprenticeship can now have this related technical instruction and certification provided at no cost.
For more information on manufacturing apprenticeship, please contact Michael Keogh.
Startup 802: Entrepreneurship
Interested in gaining entrepreneurial skills or starting a small business? Join CCV’s Startup 802-An Entrepreneurial Mindset class online. The course provides an introduction to the entrepreneurial mindset and elements required to be successful in starting a new venture or being a driver of innovation in any organization.
Introduction to Digital Marketing
Do you want to learn how to attract, convert, and retain customers through digital marketing? Join this CCV course to learn how interactive digital marketing programs can drive business goals including: search engine optimization, online display advertising, email marketing, social media, site optimization, mobile marketing and online analytics.
Both courses are self-paced and flexible, allowing enrollment through July 8. You can also earn a digital badge and college credits. Visit CCV's website for more information and to register!
VTC Working Lands Trainings are supporting farms and forests from whelping to welding, farming to food, supply chain and systems, including manufacturing. Flexible learning available. Coming up we have:
- Meat Cutting: Butchering Basics.
- Food System Trainings such as artificial insemination and craft distilling.
- Wood Products and Natural Resources Trainings such as Wetland Delineation Certificate, Arborist Certificate, and Soils and Waste Water Trainings.
- Agriculture Manufacturing Trainings such as welding.
A fully funded (US Department of Labor) Metrology and Inspection course will be offered at Vermont Tech’s Williston campus. The class meets weekly 5 to 9 PM from May 26 through August 18. Further information about the class can be found on the Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship website.
Anyone interested in participating, please complete this inquiry form. There are limited spaces in the course; completing the inquiry form does not guarantee that you will be able to register.
college sponsored opportunities
The Vermont Technical College offers summer camps to high school youth. These are still being developed for summer 2022 but you can go to this page to sign up for updates to stay in the loop!
Introduction to College and Careers (ICC) provides students in 8th-12th grade with the opportunity to explore the college experience within the context of their future career goals. Students reflect upon their strengths, interests, values, and goals by focusing on three key questions—Who am I? What are the habits of effective people? What will I do after high school?—and learn about the expectations necessary to succeed in academic and professional settings. In addition to the core curriculum, students will complete four or more modules on a variety of topics, such as time management, test taking, personal budgeting and communication skills. This course also provides students with an introduction to online learning, including an overview of the College’s portal environment. CCV runs several sections of ICC throughout the summer.
Castleton is pleased to offer the very best youth sports camps in the state of Vermont and the surrounding region. Youths from Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and beyond have all benefited from our high quality facilities, top-notch instruction, and countless hours of fun and recreation. If you are looking for a high-quality Vermont sports camp, look no further. The camps and clinics include basketball, baseball, field hockey, football, lacrosse, soccer, softball, volleyball, and wrestling.
This program is designed to build AgriScience and Biotechnology skills for youth in middle and high school. This summer, AgroTek Innovation will include two free, week-long, residential academies where participants will dive deep into one of two topics: Culturing Cells for Healthier Soils and Converting Waste into Value-Added Product. Both academies will allow participants to learn, make connections with University researchers, and build relationships with undergraduate student mentors. We especially encourage those under-represented in ag careers (female identifying, BIPOC) to participate. Applications are due by April 1, 2022.
UVM Summer Academy is an immersive, academically challenging 4-week virtual program designed for high school students who have completed 10th, 11th, or 12th grade and are interested in earning college credits while exploring a relevant academic interest. Summer Academy courses are designed specific for and enroll only pre-college students. The camp runs July 5-29, 2022.
Saint Michael’s is offering summer camps and clinics through their purple knight camps with men and women basketball, lacrosse, soccer, as well as volleyball, field hockey, and baseball.
The Northern Vermont University-Johnson Athletic Department and its coaches host many summer camps and clinics throughout the year. From the highly successful basketball, soccer, and softball camps, to our new camp additions this summer with volleyball. Youth from Lamoille County and throughout the New England region have the opportunity to learn from some of the finest coaches in the area.
Champlain College offers a variety of pre-college summer programs for middle and high school students looking to gain hands-on experience in a variety of exciting and in-demand fields. Taught by Champlain College's industry-expert faculty and hosted on our beautiful campus in Burlington, Vermont, Champlain's pre-college summer programs offer motivated high school students the opportunity to immerse themselves in an subject area they're passionate about, gain new skills, get a taste of college-level coursework, and add strength to their college applications - all while having fun with like-minded peers. Some programs also allow you to earn transferable college credits. We also offer a virtual program for 7th through 9th graders.
The Bennington Early College Program is a new suite of offerings for high school, gap year, and college students, extending the college’s student-directed, interdisciplinary, and experiential approach to education to remote learners anywhere in the world. These one-credit courses, led by Bennington’s distinguished faculty, are designed for students who want to get a head start on their college experience, or for students already in college elsewhere who want to sample coursework available at Bennington.
Our High School Summer Program is for students who find it challenging to keep pace academically. We’ve designed this program to introduce students to skills and strategies that will help them prepare for college-level work and experience college life as members of a learning community focused on their success. We recognize some students may need additional support to make friends, adapt to a new sensory environment, and find community. Our social pragmatic track is designed to help build these skills. July 9-30, 2022.
additional program opportunities
We're a 1:1 mentorship program that runs year-long and have both community and site-based programs, but do not run any group programming. Our geographic range is the entire state of Vermont, with program concentrations in Windham County, Chittenden County and the NEK. We also serve a handful of children in Windsor, Addison, and Franklin counties and work with multiple school districts.
Target Age Group: Ages 6-17
Our vision is that every young person in Vermont has the supportive mentoring relationships they need to grow and develop into thriving, productive, and engaged adults. We provide resources and support to youth mentoring programs in Vermont so they can meet the needs of young people in their communities. We serve all counties in Vermont and all ages, you can become a mentor or a mentee.
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