Vermont Youth VISION Board

Cooper C., age 17
"It’s really important that kids have an adult they can look up to and get guidance and respect from. I see plenty of kids who would spend their free time inside doing nothing come to afterschool and enter their element. Having a positive impact on those kids as a guardian or a source of guidance is amazing."
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Madison N., age 17
"I think universal afterschool would actually be good for everyone. I want to give kids the opportunity to be able to have fun because not all of us do well in school, and not all of us have good home lives."
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Una F., age 18
"Afterschool is about building community, affirming the fact that young people matter, and providing support when it comes to developing identity, physical health, and mental stability, especially in the crucial time of middle and high school, when afterschool programming, due to decreasing funding, starts to disappear."
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Jamel S., age 13
"Universal afterschool would mean that people with less money or lack of transportation would have a chance to try or do new things or even do more of the things they already enjoy without being excluded. It would impact people because it would allow for more life experiences and connections."
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Young people make a better Vermont. They enrich our communities and are problem-solvers who are eager to be engaged. We firmly believe that Vermont’s efforts around Universal Afterschool and Summer will not be successful without the involvement and input of our youth.

That’s why Vermont Afterschool has convened a group of young people from across Vermont to serve on the State Youth Advisory Group. And that’s why the SYAG is moving forward on efforts to include youth voice and leadership at every stage of the process.

The Vermont Youth Vision Board, as designed by the State Youth Advisory Group, offers a way to hear from young people across Vermont about what life is like for youth in their communities right now, what programs and opportunities they would like to see afterschool and over the summer, and what other resources and supports would really make a difference. There is no substitution for hearing directly from youth about what would be most beneficial to youth!

All Vermont youth ages 12-18 are invited to participate. The stories will be catalogued and shared via a special section of our website along with youth-created photos, artwork, poems, videos, and more. We’ll be collecting stories through the end of March 2022. The first 100 youth who complete submissions will each receive a $20 gift card, so click below to have your voice heard!

Youth Stories

Grace W.

Age 17, Windham County

Anonymous

Age 13, Caledonia County

Zahrah M.

Age 14, Chittenden County

Anonymous

Age 13, Addison County

Anonymous

Age 17, Chittenden County

Anonymous

Age 16, Bennington County

Anonymous

Age 15, Chittenden County

Hiba A.

Age 17, Chittenden County

Mackenzie Z.

Age 13, Orleans County

Ben H.

Age 13, Addison County

Carol D.

Age 14, Chittenden County

Jamel S.

Age 13, Windham County

Anonymous

Age 12, Orange County

Anonymous

Age 15, Addison County

Anonymous

Age 18, Addison County

Anonymous

Age 15, Addison County