In an effort to provide an outlet for Vermont youth to share their pandemic experiences, Governor Phil Scott, the Vermont Department of Mental Health and Vermont Afterschool held a Virtual Youth Summit on March 25, 2021.
The event asked students from across the state to share their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, giving the Governor and his team the opportunity to learn more about their needs and concerns as the state moves forward on student recovery efforts.
Virtual Youth Summit with Governor Phil Scott
Thursday, March 25th | 1-2PM
Young VTers in the Time of COVID-19: What Youth Need to Succeed and Thrive
Governor Scott heard from 23 students, age 11-19, from 10 counties across the state. He and the students were joined by Education Secretary Dan French, Human Services Secretary Mike Smith, Chief Prevention Officer Monica Hutt, Mental Health Commissioner Sarah Squirrell and Holly Morehouse, executive director of Vermont Afterschool.
Student speakers offered a range of feedback, largely reflecting on the challenges of the pandemic and time away from friends. Several students pointed to the importance of talking with kids about the impact of the pandemic on their mental health.
Read Governor Scott’s press release on the event here.