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This work group aims to amplify youth’s voice, and empower individuals to
make a difference in their communities. This work group hopes to do this while
addressing the stigmatization and social isolation of youth. We focus on health
education and advocacy to increase public awareness around health issues
identified by youth in this community.
One project being put forth by this work group is the Youth Ambassador Program.
This program engages students from three local high schools in community
service events and health promotion activities. Its goal is to inspire students to
become health advocates among their peers and in their communities.
Youth Appreciation Day Legislation – (Vermont) Working together with local teens and legislators, ACT wants to shout loud and proud how amazing the youth of our state are! Youth from the Pre-Law Program at the Career Development Center in Bennington drafted and created a statewide resolution that established an annual Vermont Youth Appreciation Day on April 27th! In addition, Governor Peter Shumlin will sign a proclamation establishing the month of May as Vermont Youth Appreciation Month!
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows that even though more than 40% of Vermont Youth volunteer in their communities, they do not feel appreciated or that they matter to our communities. These celebrations will break that trend and help mobilize communities throughout the state to show their youth how important they are to them.
Why does this matter?
To help youth resist drugs, alcohol and other harmful behaviors, it is critical that they know that their communities are in support of them and that their work matters.