“Is that a road or a stream?” asked Tracy, a corps member on VYCC’s Leadership Development Crew. She was referring to a ribbon of mud and water that was cutting a 12 inch-deep gully down the middle of what was originally a roadbed.
A note from Breck: “…what really warms my heart during these cold winter days is how VYCC makes me feel about our future.”
We are really proud of our 2017 high marks, but what really warms my heart during these cold winter days is how VYCC makes me feel about our future. Year after year, young people join VYCC wanting to serve, they are eager to work hard, and they are committed to make the world a better place. Given national and world events, this gives me a daily sense of hope and even excitement for what is to come.
Ultimately, I think the Health Care Share is most special in this way: it connects everyone with food, including our Farm crews. Forty-three Youth Corps Members working on the Health Care Share throughout Vermont took home a share to their own families each week. Crew Leaders and Corps Members at the Farm in Richmond prepared lunches for the entire Farm team each day, and Farm Corps Members at all production sites participate in food and nutritional education each week.
PRESS RELEASE: VYCC’S FOOD AND FARM PROGRAM NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED FOR TOP YOUTH CORPS PROJECT OF THE YEAR
The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC)’s Health Care Share (HCS) was among four national Youth Corps projects honored by The Corps Network at the end of 2017. The HCS is a community-based public health project that connects Vermont families unable to afford or access nutritious food with a weekly share of farm fresh produce. The program is managed by VYCC staff and supported largely through AmeriCorps service members.