Hard work strengthens people and communities.
VYCC is a 501c3 non-profit conservation and education organization with the mission of teaching young people personal responsibility through meaningful work that connects us to the land, community, and one another. VYCC programs operate year-round, throughout Vermont and beyond.
We believe that every person, regardless of background, has the ability to work hard, make meaningful contributions to a group, and take responsibility for themselves.
We believe youth need opportunities to connect with and appreciate the natural world.
We believe that conservation and agricultural work are ideal platforms to teach leadership, interpersonal, and professional skills.
Regardless of program, the model for a successful VYCC experience is consistent: small, diverse groups of young people working on significant projects. High expectations, hard work, and crew-oriented activities rich with educational experiences draw youth from a variety of backgrounds together to live, work, and recreate as a tight-knit community.
More than 6,000 young people have experienced VYCC’s programs across a 30-year history. VYCC alumni are leaders in state government and nonprofits; are teaching the next generation of young people; are caring for our environment in their professional and personal lives; and are engaged citizens that take personal responsibility for their actions. Programs are designed to help VYCC realize its vision of every generation committed to their community and the land.
I’ve come to appreciate hard work, dirty hands and sore muscles, as these stand as a testament to the things we create. I’ve been inspired to live more deliberately and fulfillingly – I want to make better use of my time and never cease in creating better relationships with the land and the people around it.”