Energy Independent Vermont Statewide Activist Training

It’s still a couple a months away – but we wanted to give you a heads up. Keep Saturday April 16 open on your calendar.   We’ve reserved the Barre Civic Center to hold a day-long statewide training for Energy Independent Vermont activists from all over the state. More and more Vermont decision makers have started to look at a carbon pollution tax – and the conversation is moving toward exactly how we price carbon in our state. At the same time, the fossil fuel industry and their defenders have turned up their misinformation campaign. It’s clear we have to take our efforts to the next level, and that means giving activists like you the tools you need to start bringing in more allies to this campaign and building support in your communities. Join us for a statewide activist training – Saturday, April 16 at the Barre Civic Center. RSVP today! We’re […]

We Need Your Help More Than Ever!

Invitation to Our Next Meeting Representatives from six of our coalition schools met this past Sunday in beautiful Bristol, VT to continue our planning of the Youth Rally for the Planet.  We want to thank Caroline and Hannah for hosting our meeting at Mount Abraham High School and for providing such sweet snacks to help power the work! We made some great progress on Sunday, including the development of a shared Mission Statement and a detailed list of things that needed to get done over the course of this week. Our next meeting is this Sunday, March 20th at Winooski High School from 3pm-6pm.   We would like each of our coalition schools to make their absolute best efforts to send a team of students and/or teachers to the event.  This may be the most important meeting we’ve had yet and we need all hands on deck! Not only do […]

Road Trip! Amazing Opportunity for Students to Travel and Make a Difference

Conversations From the Open Road is a Road-Trip to experience our world in a meaningful way.  We are a citizen-journalism, media crew probing the challenging issues and individual stories  in our communities. The content below is pasted directly from the Conversations from the Open Road website http://www.conversationsfromtheopenroad.com/trips Upcoming Trips HOME – 1 Spot Left Date: Friday, April 15, 2016 to Sunday, April 24, 2016 We are heading to Alabama to begin to unravel the layers of this fascinating and iconic place in the history of our country. We will be exploring and learning from the people of Alabama about their deeply rooted love for place; we will meet with artists and activists and citizens and probe how each relates with home.  This investigation is largely framed by the work of the Rural Studio, an enduring and inspiring program started by Samuel Mockbee as part of Auburn University to design and […]

Join the Youth Activism Summit

Youth Power!! Join us for the 2016 Youth Activism Summit April 30-May 1st. Come to workshops, create art together, have fun, meet other awesome young folks, and sharpen your understanding of how your talents can make change in the world! The Youth Activism Summit will take place at Montpelier High School as part of the Vermont People’s Convention/Just Transition Assembly.  The People’s Convention will feature a broad diversity of grassroots groups working for social and environmental justice. The Youth Activism Summit and the People’s Convention will work together to offer participants rich opportunities to collaborate with one another and build a more abundant intergenerational movement for justice!   We’re looking forward to workshops on: Racial Justice, Sustainability, Direct Action, Climate Justice, Gender and Sexuality, Bike Mechanics, Poetry, Silk Screening, Self-Defense and lots more!  We’re also pumped for a night time variety show, bring your acts!   We are dedicated to […]

Details for our Third Planning Meeting – Please Join Us!!!

Detailed Agenda for Our Third Meeting When: Sunday, March 13th What Time: 3pm – 6pm Where: Mount Abraham High School, Bristol VT Brief Introductions/Icebreaker and Quickly Revisit Norms (10 Minutes) Student-Led Icebreaker and Introductions – There will be new people in attendance   General Announcements and Updates (10 Minutes) Recap of what we are doing and where this came from. What we have accomplished so far (need links) What have other groups done?   Consider Our Platform, Mission, Goals, and Talking Points (10 minutes) Contribute thoughts on sticky notes We will collate and condense and come back with a proposal to vote on at the next meeting   Subcommittee Work – Who Will Do What, When? There will be 2 rounds of subcommittee work, and people will be free to flow from one subcommittee to the other if they would like to contribute to more than one group. We should […]

Do We Support Divestment in Vermont?

Learn More… 350vt Divestment Page The Divestment Debate on NPR Article from VT Digger Article from Ethan Allen Institute   Should the Youth Lobby support divestment of Vermont’s pension funds from major fossil fuel companies? Yes No Submit View Results Poll total votes: 1 Divest Vermont Bill McKibben Testimony on Fossil Fuel Divestment