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 .

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VYCC Staff Send Chainsaw Crew to Audubon

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.

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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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Welcoming Two New Board Members

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.”

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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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Pharm to Table: VYCC’s Farm Program Featured in Vermont Life Magazine

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.

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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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New Arrivals on the Farm – AmeriCorps Members and Hatchling Chicks

As we gaze on 100 tiny, yellow chicks wobbling about, Nadine talks about two passions that she hopes to develop and combine: farming and music. She signed on as an AmeriCorps Member with VYCC to learn how to run a farm.

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