Share your ideas on Youth Opportunity in Vermont!

Tuesday, May 23 | 5:30-7 PM
Bellows Free Academy
71 South Main Street | St. Albans, VT
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The strength of our democracy, the vitality of our economy, and the emotional and physical well-being of our population start with our youth and a shared belief in a positive future. In order to build strong communities and realize our vision for a thriving economy, we must adequately prepare our youth with the tools, support, and connections they need to establish and then realize educational, career, and life goals and expectations; effectively engage in the economy of today and of the future; and seize opportunities here in Vermont and beyond.

The Youth Opportunity Initiative, an initiative of the Future of Vermont Action Team, will engage thousands of Vermonters of all ages in a deep discussion on the future of youth opportunity and aspiration in our state. The process, facilitated by the Vermont Council on Rural Development, will ask the question:

What can we do to ensure youth in Vermont can be successful in meeting goals and aspirations for the future?

Input from thousands of Vermonters will be collected through:

  • A statewide online input form

  • Forums held in each region of the state that will invite together community members, businesses, educators, youth, and more!

  • Youth forums, co-facilitated by youth- in each region of the state

  • A series of interviews with critical stakeholders

Findings will be shared with an Advisory Group of youth, parents, education practitioners, policy experts, youth organization leaders, education equity experts and advocates, municipal/community leaders, and business leaders. The group will use this input to make concrete policy and programming action recommendations back to the Future of Vermont Action Team for implementation.

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