Vermont Youth Tomorrow A*VISTA Program (VYT)

Kreig Pinkham, the Bureau’s Executive Director, provides a training on Positive Youth Development for members.

The Vermont Youth Tomorrow A*VISTA Program (VYT), a statewide national service program, places 30 A*VISTA members at community-based organizations, schools, and municipalities throughout Vermont.  VYT members focus on alleviating poverty by mobilizing resources and building organizational capacity for programs that help youth succeed in school, develop job skills, get healthy meals, learn about sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship, and become actively involved in their communities.  Through service, VYT members gain important professional skills and experience, as well as build and reinforce their belief in the power of lifelong community service.

VYT members commit to a year of service to build the capacity of organizations in some or all of the following ways:

  1. Assist community based organizations to establish or improve operational systems that become part of ongoing operations
  2. Identify resources needed to help ensure sustainability of vital programs
  3. Implement plans to procure resources
  4. Recruit, train, and manage community volunteers
  5. Develop programs that help youth gain essential skills, knowledge, and attitudes
  6. Educate community stakeholders about youth issues and develop opportunities for the stakeholders to actively participate in strengthening in programs
  7. Implement public relation tools to spread the word about programs, events, and opportunities

 To apply for available positions:

  • Go to americorps.gov
  • Under “Join AmeriCorps” (right), Click on “Advanced Opportunity Search” (under the Search button)
  • In the State field, click on arrow and choose “Vermont”
  • In the Program Name field, type “VYT” and click the Search button
  • All open VYT positions should appear
  • Submit an application

For more information about VYT contact: Kadie Schaeffer, Director of National Service Programs at 229-9151, at vyt.vydc@gmail.com, or visit the website at https://sites.google.com/site/vermontyouthtomorrowavista/