Governor Recognizes May as Vermont Youth Appreciation Month

May is Vermont Youth Appreciation Month

Four years ago, a group of Bennington area youth drafted a statewide resolution to establish a Vermont Youth Appreciation Day. This celebration was a call to action in response to YRBS data that reflected the low rates of VT youth that feel they matter to our communities.

A joint resolution was passed and this home-grown event has blossomed significantly in the years since. This year on Thursday, April 28th at 12:30 pm, Governor Peter Shumlin will sign a proclamation declaring the month of May as Vermont Youth Appreciation Month in his Ceremonial Office at the statehouse in Montpelier.

When: Thursday, April 28, 2016
Time: 12:30 PM
Where: Governor’s Ceremonial Office, Statehouse, Montpelier, Vermont

Students Learn about Social Responsibility and the TRIPLE bottom line

On Thursday, Julie Lineberger, former Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) Chair, instructor and activist shared knowledge and advice to the Business Management class at the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center on socially responsible business plans and the triple bottom line movement in Vermont and worldwide. The class had an opportunity to get first-hand advice on ways to increase sales to the student store following major changes towards healthy food products sold at the store. Beyond the health impacts, carrying locally produced, sustainably made products has a positive impact on our community and has engaged the students in understanding global impacts of corporate practices in manufacturing of products.
Students learned about business models like B-Corporations, L3C’s and Co-operatives as alternate models that are available to create bridges between the for-profit and non-profit models in the business world. These models push the concepts of “corporate giving” to another level through policies and values that reach every part of their business operations from employee relations to vendor contracts.

The CDC class is partnering with ACT this academic school year in the development of a business plan and recommendations for income generating strategies to sustain ACT initiatives and goals. This project is hopes to seek consideration for inclusion in the Southshire Challenge program. VBSR’s presentation is one of many opportunities local youth will have to use their talents, skills and passions to help transform our communities!

Julie Lineberger from Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility presents to the Business Mangement class at the CDC
Julie Lineberger from Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility presents to the Business Mangement class at the CDC

VBSR Presentation

Global Youth Service Day

Global Youth Service Day 2014

ACT Youth Ambassadors came out to help to prepare the Morgan Spring Community Gardens for the coming season as a part of 2014 Global Youth Service Day. Most of the harvest from the garden is donated in support of local food banks throughout the area!

A great story on the project was in the Bennington Banner: