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

YAP at Smokey House – Great Job!

IMG_0455The Youth Agriculture Project (YAP) at Smokey House came to successful close at the end of August.  Many thanks to coordinator Kevin Keeker, assistant Wyll Everett, and the crew members for their great work in the garden, in the kitchen, at the farmers market in Poultney and in their volunteer work.

Flowers and Compost Bins

IMG_0869Hot, hazy, and humid… that didn’t slow down our Danby crew in its second week.  With only two days of work this week because of the 4th of July, the YAP crew weeded (everything!), transplanted (flowers by the Smokey House Center  sign) and harvested (garlic scapes, lettuce and herbs.)IMG_0314

 

 

 

We even found time to hike into the woods to check out the work on the Old Sugar House and cool off in the nearby stream.IMG_0866

 

 

 

Our big project, however, was constructing compost bins, based on a design by EMG Master Composter, Ron Hebert. With guidance from Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, we’ve already built three composters for ourselves.  The walls are sturdy 1/2″ hardware cloth, and the latch uses solid wood and good hardware.   This very practical design includes an easy open latch, which makes moving and turning the pile easy.  We plan to offer these for sale at the Poultney Farmers Market soon. (We’re taking orders now – $79 plus tax!)

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YAP 2014 at Smokey House

YAP14 JaydeThe 2014 Summer Work&Learn program is up and running at TTC at Smokey House.  During our first days the crew attacked the weeds in the garden, transplanted seedlings, pulled wild (aka “poison”) parsnip, and learned about mulch and compost.

 

 

YAP14 weather stationPart of the orientation was learning how to take data from the weather station, with guidance from Smokey House Center director Jesse Pyles.

 

YAP14 saladWe also harvested mixed greens and made a delicious herbal vinaigrette for our first kitchen project.

 

 

 

We have a great group of hard workers under the leadership of Kevin Keeler, and we look forward to a busy and productive summer.

YAP14 weeding garden

YAP! Youth Agriculture Project

$75,000 grant supports YAP’s 2013 Summer Work & Learn Program

YAP Crew from Manchester 2011

The Tutorial Center has recently received a $75,000 grant from the Vermont Dept. of Labor to support our YAP! 2013 Summer Work & Learn program. Summer Work & Learn is an active, hands-on, 8-week summer experience in which youth ages 16-21 build work skills, develop personal and interpersonal skills, and gain work experience by creating and tending food gardens, completing community gardening projects, donating food to the needy through community organizations such as Meals on Wheels, and selling food at farmers’ markets. Youth work crews for the summer of 2013 will be formed in Bennington, Manchester, and for the first time in Danby, Vt.