Vermont Youth Development Corps (VYDC)

The Vermont Youth Development Corps AmeriCorps State Program (VYDC), a statewide national service program, places 18 members at innovative, youth-focused organizations that address critical community issues.  VYDC builds community support for prevention and intervention programs that help youth thrive and ultimately become healthy, engaged citizens.  Through VYDC, members help communities embrace and value targeted, results-driven investment in youth initiatives.

Member service activities are designed to do the following:

  1. Help communities increase youth participation in quality activities that encourage healthy, active lifestyles; discourage unhealthy behavior; bolster success in school; provide job readiness; support youth struggling with emotional issues, including bullying; and support youth in military families, especially those with a deployed or recently deployed parent.
  2. Help youth build connections to the community through service learning and increase their belief that they can make a difference.
  3. Develop volunteer, program, and financial resources.
  4. Help members gain professional skills and experience that will serve them in seeking meaningful employment, as well as develop a commitment to a life of active civic engagement.

VYDC members devote 10 to 12 months of service to their communities.  They participate in comprehensive training to build job skills and develop a commitment to a life of active citizenship.  They receive a small living allowance and an education award that can be used for existing qualified student loans or for the costs of attending college, graduate school, or trade school.

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 “VYDC” and click the Search button
  • All open VYDC positions should appear
  • Submit an application

To learn more about VYDC, contact: Kadie Schaeffer, Director of National Service Programs at 229-9151 or at VYT.VYDC@gmail.com or visit the web page at https://sites.google.com/a/wcysb.org/vydc/