High School Leadership Program
The High School Leadership Program engages students in a work-based learning experience that inspires them to take personal responsibility for their own education.
Students in this Program work in small crews led by a team of two Instructors. Together, they complete a variety of conservation-based projects rooted in the landscape and traditions of Vermont while studying an interdisciplinary curriculum.
Students typically take one or two classes at their sending school and spend the remainder of the day on the VYCC crew. Students are encouraged to enroll for a full school year, though there is an optioin to enroll at the start of the second semester.
Students earn three to five academic credits during the school year. Credits may be awarded in the areas of English, Physical Education, Math, Science, Social Studies, Humanities/Civics, Service Learning, Unified Arts, or as an Elective. Credits awarded depend on the individual school partnership.
Partnerships with two Vermont high schools and one technical center, as well as support from the state legislature and private foundations, provide this opportunity to approximately 40 Vermont students.
Candidates for VYCC School crews are selected through close collaboration between VYCC staff and the guidance offices of each participating high school. If you are an interested student, or if you know of a strong candidate, please visit our School Corps Member page to learn more.
Are you an interested instructor?
VYCC School Instructors are on the forefront of the experiential, place-based educational movement in Vermont. Instructing a VYCC Crew demands passion, creativity, and dedication to helping youth connect with their learning and environment. To learn more, visit our School Instructor webpage.
Are you an interested school?
Please contact Breck Knauft at email@example.com for more information.
Stay connected with each School Crew by visiting their semester-long blog: