"It’s a privilege to be digging deep into the story of our food with the Venture Semester program this year. This excitement is only eclipsed by the joy of seeing such curious, self-motivated young adults explore their own interests in the environment I love."
Upon receiving the grant, Dan Bailey, Development Director of VYCC said, "The continued annual support from the International Paper Foundation is a difference maker in the success of the HCS program. These funds help us meet our programmatic goal of reaching over 500 hundred food-insecure families throughout Vermont.”
“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.
PRESS RELEASE: VYCC AND PARTNERS RECEIVE TOP U.S. FOREST SERVICE AWARD FOR CREATING A CULTURE OF INCLUSION
WASHINGTON, D.C, December 7, 2018 – Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) was honored, alongside partners from the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests (GMFL) and the Lexington School for the Deaf, in receiving the U.S. Forest Service Chief’s National Honor Award for Excelling as a High Performing Agency. This recognition was for successful efforts to diversify opportunities in Vermont, including developing American Sign Language crews combining young adults who are deaf and hearing on conservation projects over the past two summers .
Catch the VYCC Road Show Demos this season as we visit technical centers and schools around Vermont and show you how to: use a variety of trail building, farm, and other awesome tools; how to smash rocks (sorta like the Hulk) with a 12 lb sledgehammer; how to use science to flip wicked heavy stones (yes, really!); and more!
At the very end of October, Vermont was hit by a high powered wind storm that knocked down trees of all sizes all over the state. Much of the biggest damage was within our forests, impacting trail networks and making some impassable.