Work, Volunteer and Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO)

Ongoing Academic, Work, Volunteer and ELO Opportunities


We started this program in 2017 specifically for young men and women who have finished their first or second year of high school and who are looking for more challenge and leadership opportunities in their camp experience.

The program includes a multi-day backpacking trip and a multi-day canoeing trip, with time to experience favorite Hosmer Point activities in between. Rotating leadership tasks and involvement in trip preparation allow for decision making, planning, and responsibility for group goals. Trek campers build hard skills and confidence as they set up campsites, cook, canoe, and hike on rugged terrain; sending them back to high school with a sense of resiliency and confidence.

The Trekking camp is also great preparation for admission into our competitive Leader In Training and Counselor In Training camps for rising 11th and 12th grade students.

The dates for this year’s program are July 21 - August 2, concurrent with the Bayley Hazen session. Financial aid is also still available.

You can watch a movie and read more on our website here:

Let me know if you have any questions about the program or would like to chat with Thayer, our trek leader. Please feel free to share this information with any friends who might benefit from this program as well!


Carrie at Hosmer Point

You are once again cordially invited to attend a weekend of writing workshops, craft sessions, and open mic at the CHAMPLAIN COLLEGE YOUNG WRITERS' CONFERENCE, MAY 24-26. Now in our nineteenth year, our doors are open to high school students who wish to share their passion for story, drama, and song with their writerly brothers and sisters—and with celebrated New England authors. We offer three days of readings, improv, Moth storytelling, poetry slams, literary jazz/blues fusion, and extended friendship on the hillside campus of Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.

OUR 2019 KEYNOTE SPEAKER IS AWARD-WINNING SINGER, SONGWRITER, & COMPOSER, MOIRA SMILEY. Moira's work can be heard on BBC TV & radio, NPR, PBS, ABC Australia's Books & Arts, in feature films, and on more than sixty albums. She performs regularly with her group, VOCO, and has toured with leading artists around the world—including tUnE-yArDs, Paul Hillier's Theater of Voices, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, KITKA, the Irish super-group Solas, grammy-winning pianist, Billy Childs, The Lomax Project, and the New World Symphony. Recent solo performances include TED, Stravinsky's Les Noces, and the London Proms Festival. In 2018, Moira released her latest solo album and choral songbook, Unzip The Horizon, and an upcoming concert at Carnegie Hall will be devoted to her work.

The APPLICATION DEADLINE of March 8 is fast approaching and the blue lights are flashing. If you have a tale to spin, or a story to share, please visit our website:

Very Best,

Jim Ellefson & Lesley Wright, Co-directors

(802) 865-8456


This year we are offering two six-day MedQuest programs. Students who apply to either program must be current high school sophomores.

* MedQuest at Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center

Dates: June 23rd to June 28th, 2019.

* MedQuest at Northern Vermont University, Johnson

Dates: July 28th to August 2nd.

Applications to these programs will be available on Friday, February 1st, 2019, on our website under the high school students tab.

If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to our MedQuest Director, Carlinne DeLima, at

Martin Luther King Day - Service and Community Discussion Opportunity - see info below

Hello Matt,

Every year on MLK Day AmeriCorps members all across the country serve in honor of Dr. King continuing his legacy to serve. This year many of the members in the Washington County area will be helping out at a community meal and discussion at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier as well as running a food drive at the Hunger Mountain Co-op.

The food drive will take place from 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM and will be at the Hunger Mountain Co-op. I have included a list of the needed items in this email.

The community meal will be on MLK Day from 11AM to 1PM and the community discussion will be immediately after it from 1PM to 3PM. The discussion is being led by Capstone Community Action and the topic will be on economic justice.

During the discussion from 2-3 we will break out into small groups of 4-7 people led by a facilitator to create more personal dialogue. This year we will be having one of our AmeriCorps members help facilitate a group geared towards youths ages 14-18. I am hoping that having this group can help youths engage in their community and begin to appreciate service work.

This is why I am curious if you could help us get the word out to Montpelier High School. To let the students know that their is something constructive out there that they could be doing on their day off.

If you are able to help us spread the word it would be greatly appreciated. I have included our fliers for the event in this email. I can also provide you with additional information if you would like it.

Looking forward to hearing back from you,

Nathan Steil

Pronouns: "he/him/his" or "they/them/theirs.

Vermont Youth Development AmeriCorps Leader

P.O. Box 627 / 38 Elm Street

Montpelier, VT 05601-0627

Office: 802-229-9151 Cell: 802-461-9168Email:
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Societyletter.docx

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Fundraising Program-- Students of the Year

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Try a Major Day - For High School/Career Tech Students – May 5Vermont Tech College - Randolph Center Campus - Designed to let students experience first-hand and “try-out” Vermont Tech’s program majors alongside current students and faculty, includes complimentary lunch. FREE Details available at: Contact: Sarah Loveless

Bridge Building (STEM) Competition – and Crushing!

For High School - March 22 - and Middle School - April 4 – Vermont Tech College - Randolph Center Campus

Before event dates students build bridges out of Popsicle sticks – then judged on: aesthetics, design, presentation, load carrying capacity, and predicted failure point. No cost to enter, Free lunch and t-shirts - plus scholarship to top performers. For details: John Diebold -

2019 Student Entrepreneurship Day – For High School/Career Tech Students - Feb 5

Montpelier – Capitol Plaza Hotel - Entrepreneurship crosses all disciplines - “Vermont Entrepreneurs…Creating Solutions”.

Governor to speak and present Entrepreneurship Proclamation; hear from young successful VT Entrepreneurs; fun, hands on

activity; awards for entrepreneurial visual media competition - FREE. Contact: Laurel Butler-

Important - Student groups contact: Susan Ladd –

Vermont Food Bank Sort-a-Thon Dates for Winter and Spring 2019

If your group hasn’t attended a Sort-a-Thon event before, it’s an awesome opportunity to gather with friends to sort and pack food to help our neighbors fighting hunger. It's absolutely inspiring to see a group arrive at the Foodbank and leave a few hours later, knowing they packed the food that will help hundreds of families in need. One of our records from 2018 was over 36,000 pounds or 30,000 meals.. how amazing is that!?

Sort-a-Thons run every other Saturday from 8:00 AM- 12:00 PM and we ask that Sort-a-Thon groups can commit to bringing 10-20 people or be willing to join another small group for a day of fun! They’re a fun and impactful way to kick start the weekend!

If you or your group is interested in signing up for a date, you can check out one of our open slots below.

January 12, 2019

March 9, 2019

April 27, 2019

June 1, 2019

There is an apprenticeship program starting in February for students interested in training for a career in the granite industry. See attached flyers, and see the CBL team if you are interested. Open to juniors, seniors and graduates.

Link to Times-Argus Article

REAP is a summer STEM program that places talented high school students, from groups historically underserved in STEM, in research apprenticeships at area colleges and universities. REAP apprentices work under the direct supervision of a mentor on a hands-on research project. REAP apprentices are exposed to the real world of research, they gain valuable mentorship, and they learn about education and career opportunities in STEM. REAP apprenticeships are 5-8 weeks in length (minimum of 200 hours) and apprentices receive a stipend.You'll Get To...receive a $1,500 stipend for minimum of 200 hourswork personally with a scientist or engineer doing real life researchhave the opportunity to do research at a university or college – an environment not available in local high schoolsgain self confidence in their abilities and exposure to STEM careershave opportunity to present your research to your peersEligibilityMust be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal residentHigh school students must meet 2 of the following requirements:Rural, frontier, or other targeted outreach schoolsStudent is female in certain STEM fields, e.g., physical science, computer science, mathematics, or engineering)Student is a minority historically under-represented in STEM (Alaskan Native, Native American, Black or African American, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander)Student qualifies for free or reduced lunchEnglish as a Second Language for the studentStudent is first-generation college student

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If you are interested in kid sitting for a fun 5 year old boy after school for a couple hours a day, please see Katrina Phillips in the CBL office, or email

Heaton Woods is looking for a student to work every other weekend, Saturday and Sunday, from 8:30-12:00. The student would facilitate a stretching class for the residents, followed by games like BINGO, cards, etc. The pay is $10.50 per hour. Please see Katrina Phillips in the CBL office if you are interested.

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The United States Senate Youth Program presents an outstanding opportunity for our best and brightest high school juniors and seniors. Leadership, academic achievement, clear speech and logical thought process, and community involvement are the desired qualities for this scholarship opportunity, provided by the Hearst Foundation. A VPA Selection Committee reads and ranks all applications submitted, sets up interviews with the top six candidates, and selects the two delegates and two alternates who will represent Vermont.

United States Senate Youth Program Scholarship Application

The United States Senate Youth Program, established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service.

The 57th annual program will be held in Washington, D.C., from March 2-9, 2019.

Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education System will spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by Senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. All transportation, hotel and meal expenses will be provided by The Hearst Foundations. In addition, each delegate will also be awarded a $10,000 College Scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science. As a followup to your experience, we invite the two delegates to be the guest speakers at the Vermont Association of Middle Level Education (VAMLE) dinner the first Wednesday in June.

Peace and Justice Center - YOUTH ACTIVIST SUMMIT

Youth Activist Summit

Sunday, September 9, 10am-5pm, Barre, VT

A daylong, youth-led event supported by the Peace & Justice Center to gather youth from around Vermont for a day of bonding, education, and more! Join us if you are part of any social justice activist work or if you want to learn more about how to get involved. Those in middle school, high school and beyond are welcome, although the programming will be geared towards the high school age group.

This event is FREE or by donation at the door. Lunch is provided, and stipends are available to offset travel costs.

Register here. For more information, email Ira or call the Center. Share the facebook event and help us spread the work on social media using #YAS!!!

Bernie Buzz Youth 1-pager. May. 2018.pdf

PH International, in Waitsfield VT, is pleased to offer the Future Cybersecurity Leaders Exchange which is a U.S. Embassy London funded program that is being implemented by PH. The program is a 14-day exchange in the United States for eight British 16 to 17 year-olds, selected by the US Embassy in London, and eight 16 to 17 year-olds, selected from around the United States. (must be 16 by July 1, 2018 and not older than 17 during the program). This program will take place on July 20-August 2, 2018.

Please share this link with interested US students:

The program objectives are to provide a hands-on introduction to a range of cybersecurity challenges and ensure participants receive a high level and well-rounded look at cybersecurity, including ethics, privacy concerns and alternative viewpoints. The students will also explore U.S. public and private sector approaches to cybersecurity and will attend an 8-day residential ‘summer camp’ in Vermont with a focus on practical training and collaborative skill-building activities.

We would appreciate it if you could forward this along to any interested participants or networks. The application deadline is June 10th.

Summer Opportunities with the Mountaineers

Please see Brian Gallagher if interested in any of the following summer positions:

  • WSKI Keyboard operator (listening to game, pushing to commercials) - PAID OPPORTUNITY
  • Mascot- skater/ rollerblader would be a bonus! 5ft 8in- 6ft height ideal-- PAID OPPORTUNITY
  • Volunteer Opportunities:
    • Ticket Sales
    • Souvenir sales
    • Press box
    • Field setup
    • Clean Up
    • Sponsorships

The Event Boutique. This is summer we are looking for a motivated student who would like to learn the ins and outs of running a small business and/or interested in event planning. Would it be possible to share this opportunity with Montpelier High School students?

This internship is unpaid and will consist of 10-15 hours a week, beginning in June and continue until October, start and end dates can be flexible with a students school schedule. I have attached a job description including the necessary skills a student should have to apply.

See Job Description

Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

Thank you,


ELO - Aviation Opportunity

Sugarbush Soaring is partnering with Flight Experience for Youth (FEFY) to offer the second annual FEFY

Airport Day at the Warren Sugarbush Airport in Warren, VT. If you are 10-18 years old and are interested in aviation, this is a great opportunity for you to learn about flying. The first twenty youth who apply will receive a FREE glider lesson.

The 2018 FEFY Day will be on Sunday June 3. The rain date is Saturday June 2.

The event will run from 9am to 4pm and includes:

 An introductory ground school on how airplanes/gliders fly

 A free 20-minute glider lesson

 Ground tours of multiple airplanes and gliders

 A tour of the airport

 A free lunch (cook-out style)


 Our minimum age is 10 years old providing he or she is big enough to be safely secured by the

seat belts and he or she is mature and capable of following instructions from the pilot.

 The maximum age is 18.

 Our maximum passenger weight is 242 lbs.

This event is intended for youth in our local area. Space is limited and the twenty slots will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

If you would like to participate, the youth (not parents) should email us at fefy- to request an application form and permission slip.

In order to be considered, the application form needs to be submitted by Sunday May 20 (two weeks prior to the event).

This event is being funded by charitable contributions to FEFY, a 501(c)(3) in partnership with Sugarbush Soaring Association.

Parents are welcome to stay for the day (this is optional). The free glider lessons will be limited to the youth.

We hope you can join us!

Summer Internship: High School Juniors and Seniors


Do you know a current high school junior or graduating senior looking for a paid summer internship that could lead to permanent employment? Please pass this great opportunity onto them, or to any parents that you know who might have a child that would be interested.

Applications are now being accepted for paid internships at the Husky Summer Institute in Milton! This unique CNC Machining internship program allows students to earn while they learn! Key features include:

Full-time Paid Internship (8 weeks)

Planned vacation (1 week - unpaid)

Education program with college credits

Hands-on applied learning

Job shadowing and mentoring

Registration into an apprenticeship

Funded in part by a VT Department of Labor WETF grant

Click on the link below to learn more and to apply!


From Vermont Creamery (4/11/18)

As we approach the end of the school year, I wanted to reach out to see if any of your students would be interested in a career with Vermont Creamery. We are a local cheese-making manufacturing facility and we are quickly growing. This could be a fantastic opportunity for recently graduated students to learn a valuable trade and make a career in the food industry. I would love an opportunity to discuss the options that we have available or participate in any career fairs that may be coming up.

Thank you,

Eliza Giroux | HR Generalist

Vermont Creamery

20 Pitman Road | Websterville, VT 05678

Phone 802.479.9371 |

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Environmental Programs for Grades 7-12

Sharing a couple of environmental programs your students may be interested in..... please print attached flyersand share widely. Thanks!

(1) Registration is now open for the 11th annual Natural Resources Management Academy, a program offered by UVM Extension and Vermont's Department of Fish & Wildlife. Open to any student entering 7th-12th grade in the Fall who is interested in the environment and ready to explore, in depth, your passion for Vermont's natural resources. Learn more at

(2) VTeen 4-H Science Pathways Cafe, a program planned and run by teens for teens, will be hosting its third and final cafe of the year. This cafe will be on Microplastics in Lake Champlain. Learn more at

Fibers, Fragments, Films & Foams: Microplastics in Lake Champlain Tickets, Sat, Apr 28, 2018 at 5:00 PM | Eventbrite

Eventbrite - VTeen 4-H Science Pathways Café presents Fibers, Fragments, Films & Foams: Microplastics in Lake Champlain - Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Dudley H. Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT. Find event and ticket information.

Lauren Traister

4-H Teen & Leadership Program Coordinator

University of Vermont Extension

(802) 888-4972 x 4

VTeen Science Pathways Cafe_April 28.pdf

Employment Opportunity

Garden Mats (click on "Garden Mats" for company info)

374 Calais Road, Worcester, VT 05682

We need to hire 1-2 more part-time packagers for our production operation. There also may be some shipping duties and when the weather breaks, garden preparation for the upcoming growing season. We will train you. Saturdays, Sundays, and some afternoon and evening work available. $11 - $12 to start, depending on experience, motivation and performance. Accuracy, attention to detail and dependability are essential. Part-time work might continue through the summer.

For an application, contact Peter Comart. 802-498-3314


On offer are two camps:

“Cyber Security and Cyber Defense Camp” July 22nd to July 28th (Pending Funding Approval) -

Twenty-one applicants will be selected for Norwich University’s week-long GenCyber pre-college program. Participants will learn, explore, experiment and apply basic concepts of forensics and cryptography, through a series of gaming, modeling, and simulation activities with your peers and our leading-edge faculty.


“Advanced Cyber Forensics Camp” Jul 29th to August 4th: -

GenCyberForensics@NU takes 21 campers into a week-long deep-dive of the cyber-realm, learning how to analyze digital evidence with tools used by police forces around the world. Hands-on experiences with mobile phone forensics (including installing custom ROMs on a phone you’ll get to keep), PCs, and a special surprise tackling challenges with the state-of-the-art Internet of Things.

I’m the camp director for both, so I am happy to field any questions by campers directly.

Kind Regards,



Huw Read, Ph.D.

Director, Centre for Advanced Computing and Digital Forensics

Director, Global Cyber Threat Observatory

802-485-2007 (office) |

Dewey 201, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663 USA


A 48 Hour Film Competition

In East Burke, Vermont

April 27-29th, 2018

Join SOCAPA and CATAMOUNT ARTS for this exciting and educational film-focused weekend hosted at the Burke Mountain Resort. Groups of 3-5 young filmmakers write, direct, and edit a short film in just 48 hours. At the final showcase, a winner will be selected from each age group, by a panel judges, for up to $750 in cash prizes. All scripting, shooting and editing must take place within the 48 hours, so teams must have spontaneity, time management and lots of ingenuity! Although the event is competitive, the environment is welcoming, supportive, and most importantly, fun!

New This Year

We are excited to be hosting this year's event at the Burke Mountain Hotel, where teams can STAY, LEARN and CREATE together! Teams planning on staying at the Hotel on Friday and Saturday night are asked to pay a $10 Registration fee per participant. There will not be an additional fee for the hotel. Please don't hesitate to request a fee waiver by emailing


The Vermont Highway Safety Alliance is proud to sponsor a Public Safety Announcement (PSA) video award contest open to Vermont High School students, designed to change distracted driving habits. Please share. Thank you!

First Prize $750 | Second Prize $500 | Third Prize $250

Registration Now Open for Submissions | First 10 entries receive a $10 gift card

Eventbrite Link to register for the Contest

Information on Rules/Guidelines/Data and Flyer

Facebook – Please Share!


Summer Positions - 2018.pdf


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We are currently looking to fill two kitchen positions at the Steak House restaurant. Starting pay varies based on availability. If you have someone in mind or if you could put this out to your students we would greatly appreciate it. They may apply in person any day after 3:00pm or online to Thank you for your help.

Tom Palmisano

Steak House restaurant

1239 US Route 302-Berlin

Barre, VT 05641


The application for the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program (PSJP) is now live! Please share the information below with your students.

What: PSJP is an all-expenses-paid journalism and college preparation program held at Princeton University for high school juniors from low-income backgrounds. Students learn reporting skills from celebrated journalists, report and write their own newspaper, and are paired with a counselor who oversees their college admissions process during their senior year. Since its inception, the majority of PSJP alumni have been accepted to and attended highly selective colleges/universities and Ivy League schools.

Who: High school juniors living in the United States with an unweighted GPA of 3.5/4.0, who have an interest in journalism. The custodial parent(s)/guardian(s)’ combined income (including child support received) must not exceed $45,000 annually (see website for more information about income requirements).

Program dates: Fri, Aug 3 – Mon, Aug 13, 2018

Cost: FREE! All program costs, including meals, housing, and transportation to and from campus, are covered by the program.

Applications are due Fri, Mar 23, 2018 at 11:59PM ET. For more information and to apply, visit Email for additional questions.


I'm sending you this info in the hopes that some of our film programming next week might be of interest to students and teachers who want a walkable field trip.

Please share with whomever you can think of who might be interested in encouraging students to attend.

For students studying Spanish

I have a wonderful film about a fireworks community in Mexico, called Brimstone and Glory. One screening during school hours is Monday March 19 from 11:45AM-12:55.

I also have scheduled a selection of Spanish Short films, Nit Del Foc, for Tuesday March 20 from 1:15-2:50.

And on Friday, March 23rd from 12:00-1:15 I have a innocent Spanish-language romantic comedy called Veredas.

For students studying French

I have a coming of age comedy about a young woman in Paris, called Montparnasse Bienvenue on Monday March 19 from 1:20-3:00.

And the remarkably inspiring documentary, Faces Places about 86 year old filmmaker, Agnes Varda and the young French Photographer, JR and their photographic installations across the French countryside. That's playing Friday, March 23 from 11:30-1:00.

We are also offering a Film Short Course, 5 films with a Coming of Age Theme and a short lecture after each film. The daily timings are 3:30-5:45 and I think students looking to round out the high School course offerings will find this an excellent in-depth film series.

GMFF is offering a number of hands on workshops this year as well:

Saturday March 17th we have both a filmmaking class and a screenwriting class.

We are also offering a 2-part sequential drawing class (for students who are interested in animation or graphic novels or cartooning or storyboarding.) Great portfolio-building opportunity for kids looking to fill in with some unique materials for art school applications.

We have a lecture by a renowned Hollywood composer and music editor about the evolution of the score for the movie Troy.

And an amazing opportunity to take a storytelling course with Dave Nadelberg, of the Mortified Guide.

A set of short film on Immigration and Homeland 1:30-3:05 on Friday, March 23rd, that might be of interest to supplement a social studies course.

We also have a film that could work for science classes as extra credit:

Let There Be Light (Tuesday, March 20th at 7PM).

On Saturday March, 17th at 5:00 we are screening two films, One a lost film, shot in VT in the summer of 1968, and a film by two UVM students: Raise a Flag of Revolution:Black Lives Matter at UVM and your very own, Joelyn Mensah will be on a panel to discuss 50 years of Race and Education in VT.

There are also many many films with themes on everything from art to politics. Please let all the teachers and students know about the festival. We offer $8 student tickets (a big discount from our $12 reg price tickets).

I look for to seeing lots of students and teachers at GMFF. Please let me know if I can reserve seats for anyone.

Karen Dillon

Executive Director

Green Mountain Film Festival

P.O. Box 901

Montpelier, VT 05601-0901

(802) 917-1225

The GMFF office is located in:

The Center for Arts & Learning

46 Barre Street

Montpelier, VT. 05602


Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) - Summer Employment Opportunity

2018 Washington County Crew

This crew is a combination of two time-tested VYCC crew models:

Residential (Spike) crews and Non-residential (Community) or Day Crews

This new ‘hybrid’ crew model will camp out together at a designated campsite Monday-Friday, then Corps Members will return home Friday night and over the weekend. They will begin work again Monday morning. VYCC will provide all crew-use camping gear. (tents, first aid kits, cookware, etc. ) Corps Members will provide their own ‘personal’ camping gear. (clothing, sleeping bag, etc)

What: Crew will consists of 8 Corps Members (age 15-18) and 2 trained Crew Leaders

Where: This crew is based in Washington County and participants will be hired from towns/cities within Washington County – work projects will be in the Wash. County area.

When: Two 4-week sessions: June 17 – July 13 and July 23 – August 18

Participants can choose to commit for 4 or 8 weeks.

Pay: $10.50/hour – 40 hour/week (7:30am – 4:30pm M-F)

Work projects could include (but are not be limited to):

New trail construction and existing trail improvements

Building and installing drainage and erosion control structures (water bars, grade dips, reversals, etc)

Watershed restoration, tree planting, native vegetation planting

Invasive species control

Light carpentry projects (boardwalks, puncheon, bridges, etc)

For more information: - 1949 East Main Street Richmond VT 05477 - tel 802-434-3969 - fax 802-434-3985

This is a summer opportunity that is incredible for high school students. Please pass this along to people you know (or yourself if you are interested!)

Here are this summer's experiences:

*Detroit, June 14 - 26: What motivates people to make change?

We will be attending the Allied Media Conference and interviewing (having conversations with) youth and adults doing great work around the country, and for the week following we'll learn from so many people in the Detroit community who are bringing back the creative and innovative and ground-up revitalization of "America's poorest big city".


*Chicago, August 15-25: Fighting School Closures!

School closures are happening in many black and brown neighborhoods across our country, and is often the integral step before a city's privatizing its education via charter schools. This attack on education is part of a larger ideology that is dismantling the public good. Communities across our country are rallying to save their neighborhood school. Chicago is one of the hot spots experiencing this profound change in education. We will learn from the neighborhood that led a hunger strike to oppose this corporate take-over and from people all over Chicago in the throes of this struggle.


*Vermont: N.E. Kingdom and Burlington, July 16-27: Defining a Community's Identity

We are recruiting eight Vermont high school students, 4 urban students from Winooski and 4 from other communities across Vermont.

We are creating a multi-dimensional and contemporary reflection of life in Vermont.

This is a partnership between Vermont Folklife Center (yep, Mary Rizos!) and Conversations From the Open Road.


Thanks and contact with questions.

Walk for Animals is Saturday June 2!

Mark your calendars...Walk for Animals will be on Saturday June 2, 2018 at Montpelier High School, IT'S COMING!!

Hello Volunteers,

The Walk for Animals is right around the corner, 3 months away! We need all of you to make this the best ever event for Central Vermont Humane Society. Not only is it our biggest event, it is also the BEST, and lets our community know who we are and what we do. We want them to always see us in a positive light and this is our moment to shine and smile, have fun and be seen!

This is an event with a family focus and fun for everyone, dogs included. We have dog costume contests, tricks competitions, best kisser, kids games and face painting, cake, PRIZES and of course DOGS, lots of cool dogs! We need about 35-40 individuals to make this event a success, the more the merrier!

We need a wide variety of tasks filled for this event, so whatever you feel sounds like a good fit for you is an option, along with many different times. Here is a brief list of jobs and responsibilities:

Van Driver (1), Cake/Beverage Servers (2), T-Shirt Distributors (2), Ready materials at shelter night before (2-3), Set Up (4-6), Take Down (4), Sign Dispersal (1-2), Return to Shelter with Supplies (2), Poster/Banner Set Up (1), Registration/Check In (2), Route Guides/Water Tables (8-10), Children's Activities (2-3), Traffic Assistance at Corners (1-2). And of course those of you highly trained valuable volunteers who hang back at the shelter for helping as usual with cleaning tasks and animal care.

If you are interested or would like to know more and explore options feel free to get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you all! Let's work together on a mission to make it a HUGE success.



EBF connects the media and technology industries with a pipeline of talent and emerging leaders, and advocate for best practices in diverse hiring, retention and advancement. Founded in 1989, the Emma Bowen Foundation has provided internships for nearly 1,000 students of color. Over 74% of alumni pursue careers in the media & technology fields in roles ranging from account executives to engineers and on-air reporters, and include Emmy and Peabody award winners. Our more than 50 partners range from major media companies such as HBO and CBS to public relations firms like FleishmanHillard to technology leaders such as ARRIS and Concurrent Computer Corporation. Our partners offer a diverse set of experiences and opportunities for our fellows.

The Emma Bowen Foundation (EBF) places high school seniors and college students of color in paid internships across the country in the media industry. We have 60 to 70 internship opportunities available this summer in content, business and technology positions in various companies and cities. Below are links to our website, the application and video links for more information about the Emma Bowen Foundation.

Specifically, we have an opportunity at the VT Digger. They are looking for students of color for various departments including the newsroom, research or the business side. Are there seniors at your school who might be interested and qualified for the position? Or students who might be interested in other opportunities? We would love if you could share our information with your students and your networks. We are looking for talented students who could thrive in a career in the media industry.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

I look forward to hearing from you soon,

Jamila Ponton Bragg

Emma Bowen Foundation website and application

Video Assets:

About EBF 2.0, Nasdaq Interview – our response to the changing business landscape

EBF Summer Conference Experience – our signature event each summer

Erin Winters selected as National Geographic Correspondent – EBF alum selected out of 600 submissions

Erin Winters Winning Submission Video

EBF Partner Company + Intern Testimonial: Discovery Communication – what our stakeholders are saying

List of our 50+ members

Volunteer math tutor needed for 8th grader at MSMS. After school, 3 days per week preferred. Please see Sarah Loveless ( for details.

ELO- PRE-COLLEGE SUMMER JOURNALISM INSTITUTE: Now in its 10th year, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting helps students gain hands-on experience and develop personal networks to benefit them in college and beyond. Our Pre-College Summer Journalism Institute, based at the Boston UniversityCollege of Communication, provides students an opportunity to improve their journalism skills and develop as storytellers.

Using the city of Boston as our news beat, students are assigned to newsrooms and work with award-winning journalists as their editors to cover different stories – entertainment, politics, sporting events, metro and investigations – in the Boston area. At the end of the two weeks, every student will have two to four articles to add to his or her professional portfolio.

Students have the option of living on campus to have the full Boston University Terrier life experience.

Our three, two-week workshops begin on June 25 and run through August 3. During each session, students will also attend guest lectures from experts and local journalists; visit historic sites and museums such as Fenway Park and the Museum of Fine Arts; participate in group community service; receive unofficial tours of local colleges, and more.

For more information about our program, visit our website.

Work/ELO - Lifeguard Training

We will be hosting a lifeguard pre-certification course (CPR included) for

students in December. It is being run by the Waterbury recreation

Department. Please see their website for course description

( They will also be running a full

certification class here starting in January and another one I believe in

March/April. And I believe they plan to host another pre-certification

course prior to the latter dates as well. The pre-certification course is a

great way to see if they have the skills needed to do a full certification.

We would like to see if we can promote this through our local schools and to

see if the schools would consider offering PE credit for the courses.

Please feel free to reach out to myself or to Deb Fowler, Waterbury

Recreation Department Director and Lifeguard trainer at

Thank you for your time.


First in Fitness -

Volunteer Opportunity:

About Text Less, Live More: Through a student-led, national campaign TextLessLive More, funded by Merritt’s Way, we endeavor to eradicate and raise awareness to the dangers of distracted driving through social media and technology. Ultimately through legislation, Merritt’s Way aims to end the deadly combination of getting behind the wheel and texting and/or streaming.

Opportunities include:

  • Serving as an MHS student leader to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving
  • Organizing events at MHS to increase awareness about distracted driving
  • Serving as a student representative on the board of TLLM, a national 501-C3
  • Spreading the word about JoyRyde, an app that locks the driver’s screen for the time period they choose and rewards the participants for each mile they drive phone-free
  • Serving as VT student ambassador for TLLM; attending VT Highway Safety Council meetings and participating in the UVM txt ul8r program
  • Helping to keep the content of TLLM’s website current

Please note that any amount of involvement is encouraged and appreciated! If you are interested, please contact Beth Bingham at

Volunteer Opportunity:

Volunteer with the Montpelier Recreation Department

Help make large scale rod puppets for All Species Day (May 6, 2018)! You’ll be working with instructor Janice Walrafen to guide a class of ten students (ages 7 to 15) as they create these magical creatures for the All Species Day parade! We are looking for one to three high school volunteers to help lead this class Thursday afternoons; 3:15 to 5:15at the Montpelier Recreation Center. This volunteer opportunity is perfect for anyone interested in arts (you’ll be working with carboard and wire models, papier-mache, paints, and fabric), education, or community service; in addition, you’ll be able to see the finished project in front of the whole community!

Anyone interested can contact the Community Services Department Resource Development VISTA by calling (802) 225-8694 or emailing