Program Benefits : Education award upon successful completion of service , Health Coverage , Professional Development , Living Allowance , Training .
PROGRAM: VT Youth Development Corps members promote hope, justice, and wellbeing for all VT youth. Their service supports innovative initiatives at nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and schools that foster positive youth development and build resilience in youth, helping them avoid opioid use and other unhealthy behaviors. Website: VermontYouthAmeriCorps.org SITE: The Willowell Foundation connects people to the arts, education, the environment, and with each other through land-based programs and activities. The Wren’s Nest Forest Preschool, run by Willowell, is a partner program to our internationally recognized outdoor public high school, The Walden Project. VYDC-Willowell Preschool Program and Outreach AmeriCorps Member serves 3 to 5 days a week at Wren’s Nest collaborating on and leading a nature-based curriculum. Supported by a dynamic teaching team, the member leads hikes, nature art and garden activities, storytelling, wildlife tracking, and identifying birds and wild edibles. The member leads lessons that emphasize physical movement and nutrition. The member serves in the office 1-2 days a week, creating a public outreach strategy, distributing PR materials, writing non-federal grants for member-supported initiatives, recruiting and training volunteers, and enhancing our capacity to support children from low-income and at risk families. The impact of this position is measured by the number of young children who gain confidence and skills in their nature-based classroom. The member collaborates with staff to maintain excellence-in-education standards, as well as build capacity for scholarships. The member creates avenues for at-risk families to thrive socially and emotionally, provides families with information about available resources, and organizes outreach efforts to families of young children. Located in Bristol & New Haven, VT.