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Vermont Youth Project

Swanton Recreation does not operate Vermont Afterschool or Vermont Youth Project.  It is posted on the site as an informational resource for the community.

The Vermont Youth Project (VYP) is a statewide initiative supporting communities with building an environment that embraces positive youth development. As the state developer and manager of VYP, Vermont Afterschool helps participating communities establish local coalitions centered around positive youth development, creating localized plans to address risk and protective factors of youth, supporting youth voice and engagement, and building cross-sector partnerships and collaboration. Communities that participate in VYP commit to empowering youth and creating healthy accessible spaces for youth to be themselves, engage with peers, learn new skills, and connect with caring adults. VYP focuses upstream by exploring the societal and environmental factors ("causes of the causes") that lead to risk and protective factors that influence the behaviors of youth. With this information, communities are able to create strategies that support increasing protective factors in youth through healthy environments.