Information and applications for our YAP! Summer Work & Learn Program are on-line. If you’re age 16-21 you might qualify for one of these fantastic summer positions!
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.
Manchester Community and Educational Garden Volunteer Service Day
Saturday April 27, 9 am
Come help ready our Community Garden for the 2013 growing season. Help refresh the site and meet some fun people, too. Each year, gardeners from throughout the area use this community resource to grow fresh, organic food for their families. Plus, a large amount of food grown here is donated to Meals on Wheels and families in need.
You can help with garden plot clean-up, deer fence maintenance, mulching, wood-chip pathway repair and creation, grass/weed removal, removing stones, creation of a new composting bin, tilling. There are tasks large and small for all interests, skills and abilities.
Meet at the Manchester Community and Educational Garden site, at the back end of the Dana Thompson Recreation Center near the Rod and Gun Club. Please park in the regular Rec Center parking lots, not the Rod and Gun Club lot.
Bring work gloves and tools if you can: rakes, shovels, pitchforks, hammers, wheelbarrows.
We appreciate your helping hands!
For info, call Hilary at 802-824-4565.
I had the opportunity to share The Tutorial Center’s YAP model and experience nationally by giving workshop on YAP for 25 adult education specialists at the COABE national conference on adult basic education, held in New Orleans.
As more people hear about our YAP and its successes, I’m getting more and more questions from other education centers and schools about starting up their own agricultural or gardening project. The COABE national conference provided a way to talk with people from around the country about how programs like YAP change the way individuals and communities think about personal development, food and community.
Thanks to our many committed YAP instructors, volunteers, crews, and supporters. I was proud to share the YAP story and highlight its positive results.
Our YAP program and Manchester Community & Educational Garden were highlighted as part of feature article in Stratton Magazine’s Spring Issue.
It’s a great piece that gives a good snapshot of this very exciting program. Learn more about this program as we go into our favorite time of year – YAP time!