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
We are so excited to begin our sixth season of managing the Manchester Community & Educational Garden! This past weekend a group of friendly, dedicated folks came together and got the garden in tiptop shape. Be sure to also take a […]
Watch the entire 2015 season of growth at the Manchester Community & Educational Garden as it grew from April to September!
Nothing says spring like the arrival of a new season’s YAP! shirts! This season’s shirts are cooler than ever as they were produced by another social enterprise, Exclusive Tees, that operates out of the Springfield, MA area. Not unlike our […]
We just received the great news that our YAP! program has been selected for a Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation Community Sprit Award. The award was established to honor and encourage the spirit of community caring awakened by the tragic events […]
Actually we’ve been a leader in this movement! But on May 15th we’re amping up our rally cry in support of Chef Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day – a global push to make food education a part of everyday school curriculum world-wide. Over 750,000 […]
It’s National Agriculture Day! Not everyone knows how deeply The Tutorial Center is rooted in local agriculture! Did you know we operate the only food network in southwest Vermont? We do! The YAP FOOD NETWORK was launched out of our […]