Food Revolution Day

We’re Joining the Revolution!

Food Revolution Tutorial Center Students Cooking at TTC-9859

IMG_1525Actually we’ve been a leader in this movement! But on May 15th we’re amping up our rally cry in support of Chef Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day – a global push to make food education a part of everyday school curriculum world-wide. Over 750,000 people have already signed the petition urging this important change!

Food and agriculture have long been part of our work with students—evidenced by our popular YAP! program and the way TTC at Smokey House includes cooking as part of YouthWork & Learn’s alternative school program. We understand that arming people with familiarity with good, whole foods can make all the difference in our students’ and staff’s well-being. Better food choices mean less childhood obesity, reduced diet-related disease and improved overall health for every body.

FFood Revolution Tutorial Center Students Cooking at TTC-9548or Food Revolution Day our centers will be featuring special cooking sessions using recipes from our newly published e-book, Garden Candy Basics. Instructors will be engaging students of all ages including those in adult education and ESL classes.

Vegetable pizzas, blended tomatoes on rustic bread, and spiralized veggie salads are a few easy, affordable and delicious dishes they’ll be creating and enjoying—reinforcing the idea that healthy choices benefit both the individual and the community.

Juanita Burch-Clay, YouthWork & Learn coordinator at our program at Smokey House, tells us “Many times the students have said they thought they didn’t like something, but they like what we made. I guide us to meals that are healthy, tasty, relatively inexpensive, and easy to make at home. These are survival skills they’re learning.”

Survival indeed! Let’s make fresh food and better eating an everyday movement! Let’s be revolutionary! Make Lucas’ Chicken Cordon Bleu!
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High School Completion Graduate

Desiree Graduates!

High School Completion GraduateDesiree came to us hoping to earn her high school diploma.  Just 17, Desiree had moved around a bit but returned to our area hungry to wrap up her high school requirements.  Instead of re-enrolling in the local high school, she enrolled in our Adult Education program and began Vermont’s proficiency-based High School Completion Program here at The Tutorial Center.  Almost one year to the day, Desiree put the final touches on her last requirements and completed her program.

Desiree has been accepted at The Conservatory of Recording, Arts and Sciences (CRAS) in Tempe’, AZ.  She plans to begin her studies there in April 2015 majoring in Communication and Sound Engineering.

We’re all so proud of her achievements! Listen to her piece You and I which was part of her final for her Music Theory studies.

You and I by Desiree Hazelton

 

The Tutorial Center's YAP students are highlighted on the World Education Website

Tutorial Center Students Featured on World Education Website

Sometimes it’s easy for us to view the work we do as just another day at The Tutorial Center. But sometimes others remind us of the impact we regularly have on the people we serve.

Former YAP! (Youth Agriculture Project) crew members Elyse Hardy and Renette Gonzalez were both featured in the September issue of New England Literacy Resource Center’s magazine The Change Agent. It was the magazine’s “food issue.” Renette and Elyse each wrote about their personal experiences in YAP!, sharing how the program helped them achieve success in the working world.

Parts of their stories were more recently included in World Education’s October Newsletter. World Education is a widely-known and well respected global organization whose mission is to raise the quality of lives through education. Tackling such important topics as HIV, poverty, literacy, the organization does on a global scale what we at The Tutorial Center do in our part of the planet. We’re proud and pleased to be included in their network.

The Tutorial Center's YAP students are highlighted on the World Education Website

 

Winning the achievement race

Running with The Triplets

 

Winning the Race to Success

We teach all of our students that success is rarely reached by a sprint, it’s more of a cross-country run. That’s why we introduce them to three supportive running companions: Pace, Perseverance, and Patience. 

By training with this important trio students learn how to set attainable goals, manage expectations, and achieve their dreams. 

Let’s face it, the beginning of every new endeavor is fun. When you start out on a project—any project—like returning to school or renovating the bathroom, it’s easy to confuse excitement for momentum.  It’s after you’ve been at it a while and the scenery doesn’t seem to be changing that it’s easy to lose motivation. That’s when it’s good to call on the Triplets for help.

Pace will happily remind you that you’ll get there as long as you don’t try to go too far too fast. Getting ahead and getting ahead of yourself are not the same things. Divide a long journey into smaller manageable lengths and before you know it there will be more work behind you than ahead of you and you’ll cross that finish line.

Accept that the road to success is a hilly, winding one. Perseverance steps up when you feel like you need to rest, or worse, you want to quit. Perseverance gets you around the obstacles in your path and helps you believe in the great things ahead even when you can’t see around the next corner.

Patience is the one who will offer a refreshing cup of self-confidence when you feel like you need to walk for a stretch to catch your breath, or because your shoe’s become untied. When the goal seems so far down the road—so far into the future—Patience will assure you that it will happen. So relax. It may take longer than you hoped—but you’ll get there.  

And you will. The Triplets and we can help

Science Fridays and Good Cooking

What’s new at YouthWork&Learn at Smokey House? Our schedule this year includes science activities in the morning, followed by lunch with home-made dishes using vegetables and herbs from our garden.

IMG_1517 For science, we started with a field study where the students compared and contrasted seeds from native Vermont plants.Our second focus was current electricity, including experiments with batteries, light bulbs, wire, and measurement, with emphasis on photovoltaic (PV) energy. IMG_1487Our life science strand provided students an opportunity to observe behaviors within a population of Tenebrio beetles (mealworms) during their four stage metamorphic cycle.  Students are monitoring these cycles and experimenting with the effects of light and darkness on the beetles. In the kitcheIMG_1715n this fall we’ve made:  pesto, caprese salad, pizza, hummos, tabbouleh, lentil-rice soup, tomato sauce, apple butter, cider, leek and potato soup, focaccia, frittatas, oven-roasted potatoes with scrambled eggs, pumpkin bread, apple crisp, chili, cornbread, and apple cake.  Yum!

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