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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! You can also search our Vermont Program Map for job opportunities at afterschool and summer programs.
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. Click here for a list of Vermont businesses looking to hire teens for summer 2023 and year-round.
Looking for a job working with kids? Consider working at a learning program in your community! Check out our Vermont Program Map for job opportunities at afterschool programs. Reach out to Katie for more information.
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.
Click here to connect with our Local Career Specialists and learn more.
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+
Join any of a variety of courses offered by Vermont Technical College including electrical, welding, meat cutting, etc. Visit Vermont Tech's website for more information.
Rosie’s Girls is a STEM, trades, and career exploration program for girls and gender-expansive youth entering grades 6-8. Participants are introduced to a career field that is non-traditional for their gender through hands-on learning in a supportive and empowering environment. In addition to trades and technical learning, Rosie's Girls includes a social and emotional curriculum known as "Power Skills." Four different themes are offered: Build, Weld, Explore, and Invent. Partner with Vermont Works for Women to host Rosie's Girls once a week at your local school or community center and help girls expand their sense of what's possible.
Click here for more info or contact Marla Goldstein (firstname.lastname@example.org | 802-655-8900 x115).
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!
UVM Extension’s 4-H Program invites rising 8th-12th graders to apply for one of three, FREE, residential summer academies held on the UVM campus June 25-30. AgroTek Innovation exposes students to agriscience skills in one of three topics: Culturing Cells for Healthier Soils; Shifting the Waste to Value Paradigm (converting agricultural waste into value added products); and Using Virtual Reality for More Precise Agriculture. Participants will build important relationships with undergraduate student mentors along with faculty and staff. Details, including the link to apply, can be found on the AgroTek website. Deadline to apply has been extended to April 7. Contact: Sarah Kleinman (email@example.com or 802-651-8343 x521).
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.
Click here for more information and to register.
Also, check out these hands-on career exploration science pathways teen cafes - in person and virtual!
Register Today for Classes at CCV!
CCV offers a flexible education to fit college into your busy life. Registration for 2023 classes is open. CCV is the most affordable college in Vermont, and financial aid counselors are here to help you pay for college, from application to graduation. This fall, choose from hundreds of courses in six different formats. Enjoy small classes, flexible scheduling, and one-on-one support from instructors and advisors.
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:
Advance Vermont has created Vermont’s only free, online hub for career and education resources. MyFutureVT provides you with the information and guidance you need to make informed decisions about your education and career journey. It includes 3 interactive databases, career exploration and preparation, education and training information, and career and education resources.
VSAC advocates for students and their families to ensure that they have the information, the counseling, and the financial aid to achieve their education goals. VSAC helps people go to college and train for careers.
Follow this link to see college and career pathways resources.
college sponsored opportunities
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.
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.
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
Click here to register. For more information, email Big Brothers Big Sisters or call 802-689-0092.
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.
For more information, visit Mentor Vermont's website, email Mentor Vermnot, or call 802-658-1888.