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.

Click here to get the COMPLETE DIRT on YAP!: Our history, our programs, our success, The YAP Food Network.

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



Flowers and Compost Bins

Hot, hazy, and humid… that didn’t slow down our Danby crew in its second week.  With only two days of work this week because of the 4th of July, the YAP crew weeded (everything!), transplanted (flowers by the Smokey House […]

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YAP 2014 at Smokey House

The 2014 Summer Work&Learn program is up and running at TTC at Smokey House.  During our first days the crew attacked the weeds in the garden, transplanted seedlings, pulled wild (aka “poison”) parsnip, and learned about mulch and compost.   […]

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Cleaning Up with Herbal Soap

After spending most of the summer getting dirty, the Bennington YAP program started working with a “cleaner” side of gardening this fall: making handmade herbal soap. With help from Jennifer Ufnar, assistant professor of biology at Southern Vermont College, Bennington […]

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YAP! Summer Jobs!

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, […]

YAP! Youth Agriculture Project

$75,000 grant supports YAP’s 2013 Summer Work & Learn Program

The Tutorial Center has recently received a $75,000 grant from the Vermont Dept. of Labor to support our YAP! 2013 Summer Work & Learn program. Summer Work & Learn is an active, hands-on, 8-week summer experience in which youth ages […]

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Let’s Get Our Garden on!

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 […]