VYCC Helps Prepare Young Professionals for Careers in Wilderness Therapy

Sheila, 2017 Corps Member on a Female Leadership Development Crew, is studying social work and aspires to do wilderness therapy. Recent alumna AmyRose Tomlinson shares how her VYCC experience helped her find wilderness therapy.

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VYCC Receives Grant from McClure Foundation

It is an honor and a privilege to be working with the J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation to enhance our programs' workforce development outcomes.

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Adapting to New Habitat: A Crew’s First Month in the Field

Maddie Shropshire is a 23-year-old college graduate from Quechee. She loves Vermont and “wandering down random dirt roads.” Yet, Maddie had never spent much time in other areas of the state, even nearby Rochester. Until now.

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Of 6 Million Young Adults, Do You Know One?

AmeriCorps Crews are likely just what you think of when we say “VYCC experience” – small teams of young people, living and working on Vermont’s public lands. No experience needed.

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Grab Your Skins & Skis! Three VYCC-Improved Trails You Can Enjoy Today.

Take a ski tour of Vermont on 3 trails built or improved by 2016 VYCC crews.

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Lost and Found

Brightly colored cards and care packages addressed to Ivy Boomershine have been arriving by the handful at the West Monitor Barn in Richmond. Friends and family from her hometown of Wilmette, Illinois have been offering Ivy encouragement as she participates on VYCC’s first ever “assessment crew.”

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Dogs on the Hiking Trail? These Ones Rock!

Three AmeriCorps crews are working hard in the field as 15 more crews prepare to head out this weekend. Laura Mills and Rich Basile are leading a crew that calls itself the Pepper Dogs. “[Corps Member] Nick blurted out one day and it stuck,” says Rich. “We have (tree) bark and (rock bar) bite.”

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Mowtes and Hassan, Winooski High School students, learn how to install electric fencing for livestock on the Farm at VYCC.

Work-Based Learning

A crew of Winooski High School students is working after school in the fields and classroom. Science is alive and learning is active. To earn a science credit, each student is completing a project of their choice. Abdi S. is measuring growth rates of pepper plants in controlled versus uncontrolled environments; Alex is studying the pollination patterns of bees; Abdi Y. is investigating animal ethics and the effects of factory farming.

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