Since 1985, the innovative programs of VYCC have changed the lives of young people

Our mission is to teach young people personal responsibility through meaningful work that connects us to the land, community, and one another. Every year, youth and young adults join VYCC for practical and hands-on work, personal growth, and deep connection to the natural world. Join us in supporting our most essential resource – young people.

Young people strive to make meaningful contributions and are capable of doing so when given the opportunity. For more than 30 years, these convictions have guided the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. VYCC changes the lives of participants, and in return, Corps Members make Vermont – and beyond – stronger, more resilient, and healthier.

Your gift today will help us serve more young people.

VYCC serves youth between the ages of 15 and 26; primarily Vermonters with a commitment to making our crews balanced by socially diverse backgrounds. Well over half of Corps Members face challenges including physical, emotional, or learning disabilities, immigrant/refugee status, and/or intergenerational poverty.

Participants gain essential skills including communication, perseverance, collaboration, and problem-solving. The result is an annual cohort of youth who take personal responsibility for their actions, steward the environment, contribute to community, and are better prepared to enter the workforce. The projects they complete along the way increase and improve recreational access and park facilities, improve the health of our watersheds, restore the health of wildlife habitat and forests, and reduce food-insecurity across the state.

Support from our donors is absolutely vital to ensure that VYCC can continue to make life-changing experiences available to young people.

You can make an immediate impact by making a gift online.

Learn more about our work and the individuals and organizations who support us in our most recent annual report.

Learn more about VYCC’s fiscal health and history, including 990s and audited annual financial statements here.

Our son had just turned 17 and like many teenagers he was starting to feel an alienation that comes with the age; not still a child but not yet an adult…. He worked harder than he ever had in his life and loved every minute of it. He got to meet local leaders and benefactors…. The respect that he felt from them repaired his confidence and reminded him that everyone can make a positive difference in the community, regardless of age or past mistakes…. We experienced a profound and tangible change in our son after his participation in VYCC. He acknowledges that change too and is proud and happy and more confident because of it.”

— Parent of a 2016 Corps Member