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.


The Tutorial Center's YAP Youth Agriculture Program

Since 2006our 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.

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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


The Tutorial Center's YAP students are highlighted on the World Education Website

Tutorial Center Students Featured on World Education Website

Sometimes it’s easy for us to view the work we do as just another day at The Tutorial Center. But sometimes others remind us of the impact we regularly have on the people we serve. Former YAP! (Youth Agriculture Project) […]

Winning the achievement race

Running with The Triplets

  We teach all of our students that success is rarely reached by a sprint, it’s more of a cross-country run. That’s why we introduce them to three supportive running companions: Pace, Perseverance, and Patience. By training with this important trio students learn how to […]


MEMS Students Pitch In

When you’re enjoying your next stroll through the Manchester Educational & Community and YAP! Gardens you can thank MEMS students Tonya Merrow, Eric Sheldon and Richard Mattison. They’re hard work in spreading new wood chips along the paths was invaluable, and […]

Sylvia, a Bennington College YAP intern, harvesting kale at The Tutorial Center's YAP Farm at Hiland Hall in North Bennington.

Bennington College Students Bring Energy and Enthusiasm

Two friendly faces often seen at our YAP Farm at Hiland Hall Farmhouse this season were those of Sam Lawson and Sylvia Maderes. Both students are Bennington College juniors and each has their own reasons for taking advantage of this […]


YAP at Smokey House – Great Job!

The Youth Agriculture Project (YAP) at Smokey House came to successful close at the end of August.  Many thanks to coordinator Kevin Keeker, assistant Wyll Everett, and the crew members for their great work in the garden, in the kitchen, at […]

Volunteers for Solarfest

Winding up electric fences, moving staging platforms, picking up horse poop, and removing hinges from old doors – these are some of the tasks our YAP crew did to help prep for Solarfest.  Solarfest is a 3-day, non-profit, sustainable energy […]