LNSU Equity Core Planning Team Holds Final Meeting of the School Year

                “We amplify voices that fight to be heard elsewhere.”  This line, from author and activist Micky ScottBey Jones’ poem “An Invitation to Brave Space,” resonated throughout the final gathering of the year of Lamoille North Supervisory Union’s Equity Core Planning Team, a dynamic group of six youth […]

Cultivating Pathways to Sustainability Celebration for 2021-2022 Teams

What a fun, moving, and inspiring morning! Youth and adult teams from around Vermont, the country, and the world met virtually on Friday, May 13th to share stories of all that they accomplished as Cultivating Pathways to Sustainability (CPS) teams this year. Participating schools included Crossett Brook Middle School, Georgia Elementary and Middle School, Harwood Union Middle […]

Youth and Adults at Monument Mountain Find New Ways to Communicate and Work Together

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UP for Learning has been working with Monument Mountain Regional School in Great Barrington, Massachusetts on a three-year initiative to build and strengthen a culture of youth voice and youth/adult partnership. The school has a robust Youth and Adults Transforming Schools Together (YATST) team, and their focus has been on communication within the school so […]

Hunt Middle School’s Restorative Practices Youth-Adult Team

The youth and adult team at Hunt Middle School have been engaged in incredible work as a team focused on restorative practices. At their most recent retreat, they began the day in small group discussions about leadership, sharing their thoughts on the qualities that effective leaders share, and where and how they see themselves as […]

Cherokee Nation Pilots Getting to ‘Y’

With the support of the Cherokee Nation Public Health Department, students in Oklahoma’s Tahlequah High School are participating in UP for Learning’s Getting to ‘Y’ program. Seven members of the Tahlequah High School Student Council have taken on the role of Getting to ‘Y’ Core Team.  Over the course of several weeks in December, 2021, […]

Milton High School Youth-Adult Team Reviews Draft of School Equity Policy

Youth and adults on the Milton High School Equity Team took part in the crafting of the school’s new equity policy. Director of Equity and Student Support Systems Wilmer Chavarria tasked the group with looking at a draft of the policy, and providing feedback on its contents and language. In groups of two or three, […]

Winooski School District Restorative Practices Team Researches Safety and Belonging

During the 2020-2021 school year, UP for Learning partnered with Spectrum Youth and Family Services and the Winooski School District to explore the foundation of restorative practices and understand how youth and adults felt about safety and belonging in the Winooski community. The team followed the protocols of Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) in order […]

Cultivating Pathways to Sustainability: UP’s Youth Facilitators Share Their Experience

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Four UP for Learning Youth Facilitators shared stories from the Cultivating Pathways to Sustainability program during this past school year, when their partnerships took place in fully virtual settings. In Vermont, the facilitators partnered with Shelburne Farms to work with teams from Williston Central School, Montpelier’s Main Street Middle School, and the newly established Vermont […]

UP’s New Youth Program Specialist

Ana Lindert-Boyes is a senior at Twinfield Union School and is enrolled in the Early College program at Goddard College in Plainfield. At Twinfield, she has been actively involved in advocating for education reform, youth activism, and antiracism as a representative on the School Board, a member of their Student Voice group, Equity team, and […]