Youth Appreciation Month

May is Youth Appreciation Month in Vermont, an annual celebration of youth of all ages and all that they contribute to our community!

According to recent surveys, only about half of Bennington youth feel they matter to the community. We want to change this! When young people feel connected to and valued by people at school, home, and in the community, they get the support they need to thrive.

About Youth Appreciation Month

In 2013, a group of Bennington students drafted a resolution which was adopted by the VT House declaring April 27th “Youth Appreciation Day” (HCR 127). In 2016, then-Governor Shumlin signed a new proclamation designating May as Youth Appreciation Month! ACT Bennington members and local youth guided this effort and were present at the signing.

Participate in Youth Appreciation Month

Educators & Youth-Serving Professionals

Do you know a young person in the community who is making a difference? Nominate them for a Youth Appreciation Award, which recognizes local youth for leadership, kindness, or efforts to make their community a better and healthier place. Nominations are due May 8th. Submit a nomination here.

Youth & Families

Check out the Bennington Youth Thrive calendar for events, programs, and special activities during Youth Appreciation Month hosted by local organizations and businesses!

Town, Organizations & Businesses

Participating is simple: during the month of May, do something special for our young community members. Here are some examples:

  • Offer a discount to youth ages 18 or younger during the month of May
  • Have a “Youth Appreciation Day” with special deals for young customers
  • Host a raffle for a product, service, or membership

Organizations and businesses are encouraged to use Youth Appreciation Month logos on your promotional materials.

Everyone: Spread the Word!

While we work to support healthy youth all year long, May is a great time to uplift youth of all ages and all that they do for our communities! Spread the word about Youth Appreciation Month on social media by using the hashtag #802YouthMonth.