YAP! Youth Agriculture Project
Youth Agriculture Project is one of The Tutorial Center’s most popular and exciting programs. It brings together the best of all worlds: growing fresh healthy produce, essential job skills training for local youth, environmental sustainability & community involvement, plus support for local charitable health and human services organizations.
Since 2006, our Youth Agriculture Project has been providing at-risk youth ages 16-21 with opportunities to experience success as they develop transferable job and life skills through the growing, harvesting and marketing of plants and vegetable crops.
Youth Agriculture Project positively impacts the lives of at-risk youth!
Although two thirds of YAP youth are high school dropouts, 89% choose to engage in education post program:
• 54% are now high school graduates!
• 35% are currently enrolled students
• 57% have gotten jobs
Youth Agriculture Project makes a difference in our community!
• Creation of educational gardens on the grounds of Mt. Anthony Union Middle School and Manchester Elementary-Middle School
• Donation of over 10,000 pounds of organic produce to Meals on Wheels and the needy
• Restoration of the historic Hiland Hall garden
• Streetscape flower maintenance for the local community college
• Creation of a natural outdoor children’s play area at Vermont Arts Exchange
• River clean-up work for the Walloomsac River
• Start-up of the Manchester Community Garden
Information and applications for our YAP! Summer Work & Learn Program are on-line. If you’re age 16-21 you might qualify for one of these fantastic summer positions! To work in Bennington click here. To work in Manchester, or perhaps Danby, [...]
Manchester Community and Educational Garden Volunteer Service Day Saturday April 27, 9 am Come help ready our Community Garden for the 2013 growing season. Help refresh the site and meet some fun people, too. Each year, gardeners from throughout the [...]
I had the opportunity to share The Tutorial Center’s YAP model and experience nationally by giving workshop on YAP for 25 adult education specialists at the COABE national conference on adult basic education, held in New Orleans. As more people [...]
Our YAP program and Manchester Community & Educational Garden were highlighted as part of feature article in Stratton Magazine’s Spring Issue. It’s a great piece that gives a good snapshot of this very exciting program. Learn more about this program [...]
Interested in YAP? Click here to visit our expanded YAP web pages! But you can be an honorary YAPPER by getting involved in the Manchester Community & Educational Garden! The Manchester Community Garden is getting ready to rock and roll [...]
Katherine Keys is the recipient of this year’s Community Award from The Sunrise Family Resource Center for her work with area youth through the Youth Ag Project. A partnership between The Tutorial Center, the VT Department of Labor and UVM [...]