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The VYDC is a state-wide AmeriCorps program that works through a network of community-based youth service agencies to increase positive, skill-building activities for young people and decrease factors that place youths at risk for violence and delinquency. Members provide positive out-of-school time activities that are designed to help youths develop the skills, attitudes, and knowledge they need to choose healthy behaviors. Host sites are currently located in Brattleboro, Burlington, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Rutland, St. Johnsbury, and Waterbury.
VYDC members, usually serving in teams of two, help teen centers and after-school programs build capacity and realize their full potential as community prevention resources. Members build strong, broad-based service efforts that can make lasting impacts upon the communities they serve. The VYDC collaborates closely with the Vermont Out-of-School Time (VOOST) Network AmeriCorps*VISTA program.
The VYDC provides comprehensive, substantive, high-quality professional development training in topics relevant to youth work, including the following: youth development, diversity, violence prevention, community development, conflict mediation, program development, and more.