Community Leader Spotlight: Shannon Barsotti

MEET our Community Leaders: SHANNON BARSOTTI

Shannon Barsotti
Shannon is the Community Development Director for the Town of Bennington and serves as the government member of Alliance for Community Transformations. Shannon enjoys working with others to improve our community’s health and involving young people in leadership. She and her family live on a small farm in Pownal.

2016 Sticker Shock Campaign Kicks Off

“At four liquor stores, some 40 cases of alcoholic beverages now have a bright yellow and black warning sticker on them.

The Sticker Shock Campaign is a collaborative effort amongst several community organizations to stop those selling alcohol to minors. The movement started on Wednesday when about six youth from Teens 4 Change and the Center for Restorative Justice’s (CRJ) Student Hope and Opportunities Program (SHOP) placed stickers on cases.

Bennington Beverage Outlet, Mincer’s Mini Mart, Willy’s Variety Store and Martin’s Mini Mart are participating in the campaign.”

Per the Bennington Banner. Full article can be found HERE

Accio Hogwarts Fun!

The first ever Hogwarts Family Day event was produced by ACT’s Youth Empowerment Committee as an intergenerational event for the community. Nearly  250 persons  were transported into a clever, fun, free community event celebrating all things Harry Potter!

Thank you for your hard work committee members and thank you to all of the community members and businesses that showed such incredible support for this worthwhile event!!!

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