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 .
PRESS RELEASE: VYCC AND PARTNERS RECEIVE TOP U.S. FOREST SERVICE AWARD FOR CREATING A CULTURE OF INCLUSION
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.
Our Brattleboro Community Crew, led by Jerad and Sam, has been featured in the latest issue of VTDIGGER! Read more to learn about the impact the crew has had at Retreat Farm in Brattleboro, and get to know the amazing crew members who call VYCC home for the summer!
VYCC crews are reducing erosion, improving recreation access, and growing food across the state. Seven community crews are presenting on their work - please join us in August to hear Corps Members speak about their experiences, personal growth, connection to community, and collective impact!
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.
Vermont Youth Conservation Corps is pleased to announce the addition of two new members of its Board of Trustees; Anne Adler of Stowe, and Benjamin Eastman of Huntington. “I am more convinced than ever,” said Ben, “that beyond the impressive material productivity of trail and farm crews, it is the ethical aspects of the work in terms of how “personal responsibility” is also a social resource that is not only valuable but simply vital.”
It is an honor and a privilege to be working with the J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation to enhance our programs' workforce development outcomes.
Vermont Life Magazine’s summer 2017 issue features the work of VYCC crews on the Health Care Share. This innovative food-security project is entering its fifth season with expansion sites in Rutland and, new this year, Newport.