Eighteen young adults arrived at VYCC in June to join summer crews. Twelve continued on fall crews to meet education and employment goals; others joined who put their college education on hold or had completed school and were looking for work. Their service to Vermont is worth celebrating! Read on for a summary of their accomplishments.
Karli is working on a dual major in Sustainability and Drama, and saw the Parks Restoration Crew as an opportunity to gain skills for building theater sets. This fall, she stayed on to complete a session on a farm crew instead of returning to
school for a virtual semester.
In a rural state like Vermont, the power of a shared experience with peers of a similar identity is undeniable. These crews experience all the elements of a Youth Camping Crew, but are designed to provide a more powerful experience for those seeking one like this.
280 individual VYCC corps members worked from as early as March all the way until the end of November on our Farm and Conservation crews. From sowing seeds, to improving state park infrastructures, to removing invasive species, to harvesting organic vegetables for Vermonters in need, our crews learned, earned, and yearned to make their communities better. Our crews spread across New York State, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and of course every county in Vermont.
Check out what Conservation fall crews accomplished! Thanks to these hard working young people, Vermont's parks and trails are even more enjoyable.
Three young adults from Los Angeles participated in our first Corps Member exchange project.
In 2019, VYCC fielded 12 Community Crews across our Corps, employing over 75 youth!As a way to celebrate their accomplishments, each Community Crew hosted a Meet-Up at their project site where community members could meet them, see their work, and learn more. It was a great way for Corps Members to gain valuable public speaking skills and for locals to be wowed (and thank the crews).“Each VYCC Community Crew member puts in hundreds of hours of hard work in the communities they serve. Meet-ups are an opportunity to showcase their efforts while connecting with community members who will utilize VYCC-built trails, bridges, and boardwalks for years to come,” remarked Daniel Schmidt, Program Officer.”
Watch this "Stuck in Vermont" episode where they caught up with a community crew at Schmanska Park in Burlington, where they were building stairs to help provide access to the public and also to prevent runoff into the Winooski River.
Life is good in the Owls Head Town Forest in Dorset, but for a group of teens working there, that doesn't mean it's easy.Four teens, ranging in age from 15 to 18, are finishing out what amounts to a month-long camping trip in the forest.But instead of spending their days swimming in quarries or lounging in hammocks they're swinging sledgehammers to break rocks and clear trails to make the path to the top easier for those seeking only a view at the top.
The public will soon have easier access to the Hoosic River with a newly-cleared trail.The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps is working to clear a trail along the river in town for hikers and walkers, in an effort to provide more recreation opportunities in the area.