Katherine Keys receives award from Sunrise Family Resource Center

YAP Leader’s Positive Impact

Katherine Keys receives award from Sunrise Family Resource CenterKatherine Keys is the recipient of this year’s Community Award from The Sunrise Family Resource Center for her work with area youth through the Youth Ag Project.

A partnership between The Tutorial Center, the VT Department of Labor and UVM Extension, YAP Work & Learn employs youth ages 16-21 who are at risk of dropping out of school in a summer program in which youth raise vegetables that are then given to Meals on Wheels or sold to the hospital or through the Walloomsac Farmers Market. Begun 8 years ago by Keys, YAP clearly provides much more than a job.

As Keys explains, “I try to help the participants feel better about themselves; to feel they’re really special; to instill team building, self-confidence and coping skills.”

Youth are given increased responsibilities in running the program with some returning a second year as team leaders. Keys also manages the Famers Market, a resource providing locally grown, nutritious foods to families in our community.

Youth Ag Project Featured at National Dropout Prevention Conference

National Dropout Prevention Network

Kudos to Youth Agriculture Project staff and students!

Based on a review of research-proven programs that are successful with at-risk youth, TTC was recently chosen to make a presentation about our Youth Agriculture Project at the National Dropout Prevention Conference in Chicago.

Held just this past October 9-12, the conference showcased innovative programs from across the US that are achieving impressive results in preparing at-risk youth for success in school, college and work.

“We feel honored that the success of this Project is recognized at the national level,” said Executive Director Jack Glade.

Youth Agriculture Project Conference Presentation

The Tutorial Center - Alternative education that works

Irene’s Teachable Moments

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The Tutorial Center’s student Jack Alosa and his Environmental Ecology tutor Jim Gunn investigate the impact of Tropical Storm Irene flooding on insect life and fish habitat at the Green River in Sandgate, Vt.

The Tutorial Center - Alternative education that works

Congratulations to Our Graduates!

Congratulations to all the students who earned their diplomas though The Tutorial Center in 2011! We applaud your achievements and continued success!

  • Kathleen Ambuhl
  • Jazmin Beam
  • Garrett Brace
  • Justin Brandmeyer
  • Matt Crossman
  • Amy Elizabeth Drew
  • Morgan Foster
  • Kaitlyn Hamilton
  • Lisa Marie Hansen
  • Alexandria Higgins
  • Kasie Holman
  • Jadesarah LaVigne
  • Lauren Legacy
  • Mattea Miller
  • Jennifer L. Pineiro
  • Kayla Mari Perkins
  • Charles Richards
  • Ariana Sausville
  • Melissa Secoy
  • Cotie Stanley
  • Tiesha M. Sweet
  • Whitney Thomas

Act Global: Working to Improve Literacy Worldwide

TTC Executive Director Jack Glade recently had the honor of being a U.S. Delegate to the Social Enterprise World Forum, held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

In the context of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, the World Forum was devoted to improving the success of social mission-related work – such as literacy, nutrition, housing, job development, healthcare – as anti-poverty weapons around the globe. As part of this international trip, Jack had the opportunity to work with peer nonprofit leaders from around the world on these global challenges.

Outside the walls of the World Forum, Jack hit the streets to visit and consult with South African social enterprises. Of special note was the chance to consult with the Kliptown Youth Program, an extraordinary community literacy organization in the heart of a severely disadvantaged township in Soweto, hometown of Nelson Mandela.

The Tutorial Center model of a multi-faceted community literacy organization is of great interest to fledgling literacy organizations working on the extreme challenge of conquering illiteracy in their communities as an essential stepping-stone to social and economic improvement.

Kliptown Youth Program One Laptop Per Child