The decisions government makes today will directly impact Vermont youth and their future. I was first elected to the Vermont House of Representatives at the age of 25, and I have always been aware of the disproportionatley small voice youth have in Montpelier. This Youth Iniative aims to ensure their ideas, hopes, and concerns are part of our discussions in Montpelier. We are at a momentous point in history and I believe youth are instrumental in shaping our future.
April 12, 2018 Climate Justice: Rally for the Planet 2018 This is an initiative of the Youth Lobby. This event is specifically designed for young people to join together at the State House and speak out about one of the most pressing issues facing our state: climate change. This will be a day of marching, rallying, talking with state legislators, learning, and building momentum to make change on issues related to climate change and justice. Join the march from Montpelier High School to the State House at 10, and then rally at the State House from 10:15 to 1:45. To learn more about the rally, transportation, registration for students, and more.
April 18, 2018 Turning Dreams into Plans Youth Conference This conference is for young Vermonters, ages 15-25, who have experienced homelessness, been precariousluy housed, runaway, and/or been in the care of DCF. Registration is free and includes lunch and a free t-shirt. The conference takes place at U-32 High School. Lt. Governor Zuckerman is the keynote speaker. Register now!
ACLU Summer Institute - This 8-day program brings a diverse group of high school juniors and seniors to Georgetown University in Washington, DC to learn how to build issue-focused campaigns. Students will learn directly from lawyers, lobbyists, community activists, and other experts working to defend the civil rights and liberties critical to a free and open society. Learn more or apply. Scholarships are available.
Governor's Institutes of Vermont - This is a great opportunity for 9th-11th grade students to immerse themselves in a topic they are passionate about. Students can choose from eleven summer programs spanning the arts, engineering, environmental protection, digital media, and more, where they will learn from experts, expand their horizons, and make new friends from around the state. Plus, our sliding-scale tuition makes it accessible for every Vermonter. Applications are open now !
Each month I am visiting different high schools and youth activities to talk with and listen to students. Students are encouraged to lead tours of their schools, share innovative programs, ask questions, and explain their future goals. Since January I have visited Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester, the Governor's Institute winter session at Goddard College, and the Upward Bound Scholars Bowl that took place at Lyndon State College. If you would like to invite me to visit your school please CLICK HERE.