Community Programs

We provide direct services for youth ages 12-26 in Washington County to help them navigate the challenges of adolescence and the path to adulthood.

Many of our services are provided out in the community – in schools, in homes, and other places convenient for youth and families. There is no cost to the client for most services and no one is turned away because they cannot pay.

Counseling and Emergency Shelter Country Roads provides individual and family counseling for youth experiencing family conflict, or who are homeless, have run away from home, or are at risk of running away. We offer temporary, short-term stays in shelter homes when needed.
Substance Use Prevention and Treatment The Healthy Youth Program provides substance use education, prevention, and treatment that is geared specifically to the needs of adolescents and young adults ages 12 to 25 years old.
Drop-in Teen Center The Basement Teen Center in Montpelier provides a safe space where teens can drop by to gather, have fun, attend workshops, learn leadership skills, and build supportive relationships with peers and adults.
Housing Supports The Transitional Living Program helps youth find affordable housing when they are homeless or at risk of being homeless – combined with supports to develop independent living skills and build a self-sufficient life.
Leaving Foster Care The Youth Development Program is for youth ages 14 to 23 who are or have been in foster care. Our staff work with youth to identify and move forward with goals related to education, career, finances, health and wellness, housing, transportation and more.
Leaving Prison The Return House residential program provides 24 hour support and supervision for young men ages 18-26 who are returning to the community after being incarcerated. Participants complete their education, find employment, develop skills and behaviors to become lawful, productive, valued members of their community.

We ensure a Statewide Safety Net for Youth by providing leadership and administrative support to four coalitions of other youth service providers throughout Vermont.

Leaving Foster Care The Vermont Youth Development Program (YDP) works with agencies to ensure that youth exiting the foster care system have the opportunity to rise above risk factors, find resilience, and build fulfilling, productive lives.
Runaway and Homeless Youth The Vermont Coalition of Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs (VCRHYP) supports a network of agencies that help families work through conflict, and help homeless youth transition to independent living with housing assistance, life skills training, advocacy, and employment counseling.
AmeriCorps National Service The Vermont Youth Development Corps AmeriCorps State Program (VYDC) places and supports AmeriCorps members at innovative, youth-focused organizations that address critical community issues in Vermont and foster positive youth development.
AmeriCorps VISTA National Service The Vermont Youth Tomorrow AmeriCorps VISTA Program (VYT) is a statewide anti-poverty national service program. Its members build organizational capacity for agencies and programs that help low-income youth and families.