YouthWork and Learn

TTC Pumpkin Throw

Behind the old Milk House, students have carved a garden from a rocky, weedy field.  In the woods beyond the yellow Herrick House, students have cleared old trails and marked new ones. In the kitchen they’ve made dandelion jelly, venison burritos, and fresh tomato sauce from homegrown ingredients. Stop by on a school day to find herbs drying downstairs while students are upstairs running electricity through potatoes.  Come at another time and the group might be down the road learning to make cider or in nearby fields collecting insects for field studies.  The best learning is active, and these students are fully engaged.


TTC academic 1

The centerpiece of our partnership with Smokey House Center is a school-year program for middle and high school students who are not thriving in the traditional classroom – called YouthWork and Learn.


TTC academic skulls

YouthWork and Learn is designed for students who benefit from a personalized and experiential educational program that blends academic skills with engaging self-development and active hands-on learning.


TTC Deer Leap

Built upon an interdisciplinary, place-based approach to learning, YouthWork and Learn takes the best aspects of the former much-acclaimed Smokey House YouthWork program and combines it with The Tutorial Center’s decades of expertise in education (including our nationally-recognized Youth Agriculture Project). The result is a full-day educational program that uses real-world work skills and relevant projects to move students toward rigorous academic and personal goals.

Branches are cut close to the trunk, making natural hooks.


Students come from area schools for part-year or full-year programs. The Tutorial Center and the secondary school work closely to develop and coordinate each student’s personal learning plan so that it integrates with other schoolwork and/or the student’s transition to his/her next step in education.

For more information, click here:  YW&L – More Detail

Or, contact Juanita Burch-Clay at 802-293-9300 or

TTC at Smokey House

408 Danby Mountain Rd

Danby, VT 05739





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