Local Students Give Policy Recommendations to State Legislature

Students comment on access to tobacco and alcohol

On Wednesday, April 8th, students from the Pre-Law Class, instructed by Bruce Lee-Clark at the Career Development Center in Bennington presented their report to the legislature on youths access to tobacco and alcohol. The students has a unique opportunity to present their detailed policy analysis to the House Healthcare Committee at the State of Vermont Legislature. This project represents a year-long journey to research the topic and develop recommendations. In conjunction, the Video Production Class, instructed by Tim Foley produced a documentary video of the process which was also shown to committee members.  During the day, they had an opportunity to meet with local legislators, public health advocacy groups and sponsors of proposals that they reviewed. They were then acknowledged in front of a full house at beginning of the House of Representatives session by ACT Director and State Rep. Kiah Morris. Following, their report and video will be sent to committee leadership in Human Resources, Judicial, Ways and Means and Senate Health and Welfare for their review. The youth did an amazing job and we could not have been more proud of their work and collaboration with ACT on this important project. The students who worked on these projects are as follows:

  • Cyonn Alexander  – Bennington
  • McKayla Brown  – Woodford
  • Laina Main – Bennington
  • Chelsea Corrow – Bennington
  • Samuel Gezelius – Bennington
  • Mariah Spencer – Bennington
  • Thomas Tift – Bennington
  • Celia Brambley – Bennington
  • Tiffany Briggs  – Bennington

The full report can be found here: W~Pre-Law Class, Southwest Vermont Career Development Center~Report On Access to Tobacco and Alcohol by the Underage in Vermont~4-8-2015

The video can be found here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tU7jNtEQSYo

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Students from the Career Development Center Class with AmeriCorps VISTA Member Katie Emerson
Pre Law Class 2
Pre-Law Class Instructor Bruce Lee-Clark preparing to give the Devotional prior to the start of legislative activities. Pre Law Class 3


Town Hall Meeting on Heroin Use in the Region

The Bennington and Hoosick area are currently experiencing what many are calling an epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse in our communities.

Join us for this free town hall meeting event to learn more about prevention, recognizing the signs of abuse, medical and social resources that are available.

This discussion is open to parents, students, community members and leaders. This event will feature medical professionals and community leaders to answer questions and present ways to get involved.

Special Feature: A presentation and screening of the music video “Heroes and Heroin” by the MAUHS Quantum Leap program

HeroinFlyer-2nd Meeting

Bennington Youth Appreciation Day 2014

Youth Appreciation Day FB Wall Image

An annual event in Bennington, Vermont celebrating youth and their contributions to our community.

In 2013, a group of students from Bennington’s Career Development Center drafted H.C.R. 127, which was adopted by the VT House of Representatives and declares April 27th as Youth Appreciation Day. That same year, the Bennington Selectboard proclaimed the last Saturday in April as Youth Appreciation Day.Youth Appreciation Day is dedicated to celebrating youth of all ages. It is an annual event acknowledging the talents, actions, and contributions of youth and the value they add to our community.

Visit the Youth Appreciation Day Facebook page for details and event info.

Find out more about ACT’s involvement and support of the establishment of youth appreciation day here.


Youth Appreciation Day Plaque Bennington

Get Unused Drugs Off the Streets TODAY!

Reducing heroin use in our communities begins with getting prescription painkillers off the streets where they can be accessed.

You can safely turn your unused prescriptions, no questions asked anytime at the following locations:

Bennington Sheriff’s Department


Bennington Police Department


Manchester Police Department


Windhall Police Department