We Could Use Your Help to Plan the 3rd Annual Rally for the Planet – Climate Change Rally

The Youth Lobby Needs Your Help!!!   The Vermont Youth Lobby is pleased to officially announce the 3rd Annual Rally for the Planet, to be held on Thursday, April 12th.  All permits and funding are in place and we are ready to rally!!!   Our goal this year is to put even more pressure on lawmakers to take greater action on climate change in 2018.  We hope to do this in the following ways: 1) Bring even more young citizens to the rally on April 12th. Our goal is 3,000 strong! 2) Increase the amount and improve the quality of interactions between VT youth and their elected officials 3) Put earlier and more sustained pressure on our elected officials through a widespread letter writing and advocacy campaign. 4) Encourage students in other New England states to rally along with us.   The Youth Lobby is planning on holding four Planning […]

Check out Al Gore’s Latest Film, An Inconvenient Sequel, at the Mountain Top Film Festival

Join us this Sunday, January 14th, at the Big Picture Theater for a screening of “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power,” at the MountainTop Film Festival! Here are the details: What: “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power,” at the MountainTop Film Festival Where: Big Picture Theater, 48 Carroll Rd, Waitsfield When: This Sunday, January 14th, 1:00-3:00 PM Ticket information: http://www2.suncommon.com/e/95162/tickets/2w1kst/161870340 This film comes a little more than a decade after “An Inconvenient Truth,” which launched a global movement and inspired thousands to join former Vice President Al Gore in his mission to spread the word about the climate crisis and its solutions. “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” tells us that NOW is the time for all of us to fight like our world depends on it.

Vermont Youth Lobby’s Magic School Bus Campaign in the News!

Check out the coverage of our Magic School Bus Campaign  http://www.mychamplainvalley.com/news/vermonts-youth-lobby-petitioning-for-electric-school-buses/886528096 And don’t forget to let the VT Agency of Natural Resources know that you want electric school buses! We only have two more days to encourage the VT Agency of Natural Resources to spend 85% of the VW settlement on Electric School buses! You’ve signed the petition, now we need you to do one more thing!!! Please fill out the Public Input form located on the ANR website. Feel free to skip any lines you do not have an opinion on and get right to the point – we want electric school buses! FILL OUT THE ANR FORM VPIRG has also provided us with a simpler form we can use to show the ANR we support electric school buses! FILL OUT THE VPIRG QUICK FORM Either one would be great – both would be even better!

Great Opportunity for Grassroots Organizer Training!

~ The Vermont Climate Union and the VT Poor People’s Campaign Present ~ Grassroots Organizer Training @ The UU Church ~ 130 Main St, Montpelier Tuesday and Thursday Nights from 7-9 Starting January 16th.   Organizers, Activists, and Volunteers, ages 16-100+, are invited to a series of workshops to develop core organizing skills and increase our capacity to work for Justice in Vermont. All are welcome to come to one or many classes. These workshops offer instruction in a variety of needed skills and services common to grassroots organizing and social change efforts, and our coordinating team will work with participants to apply the skills learned in collaborative organizing environments. We will offer classes on Tuesday and Thursday Nights from 6-8 at The UU, Starting Tuesday January 16th.  Please review our Calendar  as there are number of events at other times and locations. View the CALENDAR Here and take a […]

Adirondack Youth Climate Leadership Retreat – Open to Vermont Students!

There are several spots available for Vermont students to attend the first ever Adirondack Youth Climate Leadership Retreat August 9-11. All the information you need is in the attached save the date. Please disregard the registration deadline and feel free to send the registration link to any students you think might be interested.  It is on a first come, first serve basis and there are only a couple of spots left so get the word out as soon as you can! If anyone has any questions please don’t hesitate to shoot an e-mail or  call Katie O’Reilly Morgan (315) 742-7229kmorgan@wildcenter.org http://www.wildcenter.org/our-work/youth-climate-summit/ — Katie O’Reilly Morgan Youth Climate Program Coordinator THE W!LD CENTER Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks 45 Museum Drive Tupper Lake, NY  12986-9712

Race Against Racism!

A Statewide Race and Community Event for Equality DATE – September 17th, 2017 TIME – 11:30 PLACE – Montpelier High School The Race Against Racism is a youth-led, inclusive community running event that brings together social justice and athletics. Runners will run a 5k scenic loop around Montpelier High School, encompassing the track and nearby bike path. Running is optional! There will be other highlights – including refreshments and speakers from various groups around Vermont. Any funds raised will be contributed to various organizations statewide that advocate for racial justice. Racism, a concept so pervasive, is still alive and well in modern America, including Vermont. People of color often struggle to feel represented and supported. It is clear that this is a time when we all need to stand together and fight for inclusion and equity. We’re asking for schools and organizations to support by helping publicize this event, mobilize […]

Hands-on Fun! Join Us At The Natural Resources Management Academy!

Looking for something to do this summer! Check out the Natural Resources Management Academy at www.uvm.edu/extension/youth – a really fun program for teens entering grades 7-12. Join other teens from all over Vermont for hands-on learning workshops led by Vermont natural resource professionals. All activities are outside, using nature as our learning lab. Free time will be spent swimming, canoeing, fishing and eating s’mores! Registration deadline is June 20 – so act now! Go to www.uvm.edu/extension/youth learn more and sign up! Lauren Traister 4-H Teen & Leadership Program Coordinator University of Vermont Extension (802) 888-4972 x 402

Opportunity to Engage in Leadership Training!

Youth Lobby leaders have been invited to attend the 350VT Building Ground Leadership Training. We will spend a full weekend learning, deepening, and building the skills necessary to undertake powerful climate justice work within our communities.  The Building Ground training specifically focuses on sharing fundamental frameworks about climate justice and building the relationships that empower effective leaders.  Register for the program now! At Building Ground, you can expect sessions where you will: Explore the complex definitions of climate justice and the myriad approaches that individuals and groups undertake to achieve this goal, Deepen your own understanding of racial justice and its fundamental connection to the climate crisis, Learn in detail about 350’s specific approach to changemaking and organizing, Begin to articulate your own leadership and changemaking approaches and identify personal goals and next steps for your return home, Learn specific strategies to support your work (frameworks, facilitation techniques, and core […]

Road Trip! Great Opportunity for Citizen Journalism

Conversations From The Open Road is an opportunity for Vermont high school and college students to experience, and compassionately participate in, our world in a meaningful way. We are a traveling citizen-journalism, digital storytelling media program engaging with communities on the front lines of significant economic-environmental-cultural justice issues. By the end of each 2 week exploration, each student creates a documentary short about a thread of the people, place and struggle. Together, this collection is shown at film/media festivals around Vermont. Please check out their website for info, applications and contact email. UPCOMING TRIPS: August 11-25: Minnesota – 1 spot open Come and document this exciting moment with us – From Standing Rock and beyond! More than 10,000 people came to show solidarity with the people of the Standing Rock Sioux protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline proposed (and now completed) to be built under the Missouri River, within their reservation’s lands.This is […]

Resist and Rebuild Summit – Action Opportunity

Dear Youth Lobby Activists: It has been three weeks since we gathered together at the VT Statehouse to share our voices and feel our power.  We are reaching out today to invite you to our next opportunity to gather, learn, and engage in our democracy. Do you see problems with the state of our current government, economy, environment, or communities? Do you want to be part of the solution? Come join fellow activists on May 20th at Montpelier High School for the Resist and Rebuild Summit!  This Summit will bring together many groups and students/ youth are invited to play a leadership role. Please visit CVCAN.org to RVSP… We want to help people take action on things that matter to them and we need your help!  We know how important it is to have youth represented for decisions around our future. Come network, see what else you can do, or volunteer at […]