May is Youth Appreciation Month in Vermont, and each year we come together to celebrate Bennington youth for all that they contribute to the community!
This year, instead of one day of fun, we’re celebrating throughout the month of May with special activities and youth events in Bennington and beyond. All events are free for youth to participate. As always, you can find more local opportunities and programs for youth on our Bennington Youth Thrive calendar!
Healthy Kids Day
Saturday, April 30th | 12 – 3 pm
Bennington Rec Center, 655 Gage St.
Kick off Youth Appreciation Month with our community at Healthy Kids Day! Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids and families. Here in Bennington, Healthy Kids Day will feature activities including obstacle courses, book giveaways, dance demonstration, trail-mix DIY, face painting, and much more! Free & open to the public.
Youth Robotics Open House
Saturday, May 7th | 12 – 2 pm
Old Benn High, 650 Main St.
The First Tech Challenge youth robotics Team #18650, “The Cookie Clickers,” welcome you to visit, meet our robot “Chip,” and learn about what we do. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcycled Jewelry and Art Workshop
Saturday, May 7th | 2 – 4 pm
W. Collective, 332 Main St.
Join local artist Amy Anselmo at W. Collective for a fun and creative workshop where you will create one-of-a-kind jewelry or cool-lage creations using upcycled materials or other found treasures. Snacks will be served. This event is free for youth under 18 as part of Youth Appreciation Month in Bennington. Contact email@example.com with questions.
Community Dialogue & Dinner
Thursday, May 12th | 5 – 6 pm
Mt. Anthony Union Middle School, 747 East Rd., Cafeteria
Our Youth Leadership Group invites you to their Community Dialogue & Dinner to hear about their work to support their peers’ mental health and prevent substance misuse. We will be joined by special guest Miss Vermont 2022 Alexina Federhen, who will share her experiences around youth mental health. RSVP for dinner »
Paint & Plant
Saturday, May 21st | 10 am – 12 pm
Bennington Farmers’ Market, 100 Veterans Memorial Dr.
Celebrate Youth Appreciation Month with ACT and the Vermont Arts Exchange at the Bennington Farmers’ Market! Look for the VAE Art Bus, where we’ll be painting flower pots and planting seeds.
Threads Shopping Raffle
Threads @ Center for Restorative Justice, 439 Main St.
Threads is a free boutique for teens with brand-name clothes, accessories, and personal care products. Each time you shop in May, you can enter to win a Movie & Self-Care Prize Pack! Open M-Th 2:30 – 4:15 pm.