VT Youth Development Corps members promote hope, justice, & wellbeing for all VT youth. Their service supports innovative initiatives at nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and schools that foster positive youth development and build resilience in youth, helping them avoid opioid use and other unhealthy behaviors. The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s core mission is to discover, preserve, and share the maritime heritage of the Lake Champlain region’s past, present, and future.
For 30 years, we have brought the stories of Lake Champlain to life through world-class archaeological research, exhibits, replica vessels, hands-on traditional skills, educational programs, recreational adventures, and on- and under-water exploration. The Museum serves everyone, with a focus on youth. Many area schools come for field trips, we run an extensive summer camp program, and we lead afterschool programs for elementary and middle school students focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Our rowing program serves over 600 students and 300 adults. In addition, we have a semester-long wooden boat building program which provides opportunities for youth with developmental challenges. We also have a maritime research institute conducting original field work and research. The AmeriCorps members serve a key role in promoting our mission to area youth through many programming opportunities. These include developing and presenting topics to school field trip groups, designing curricula, teaching in afterschool programs, assisting with our boat building program for youth with developmental challenges, assisting with the school team rowing programs, and leading activities in our camps. Members are fundamental in designing and growing our programs for youth. The members enhance students’ love of learning, confidence, skills, and dreams for their future.