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 […]

Vergennes Union Middle School Youth Create Powerful Video to Support Mental Health

The Vergennes Union Middle School Student Response Team (SRT) created a powerful and informative video featuring interviews with youth and adults discussing mental health in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the social and political reckonings of the past few years. The SRT took part in the October Getting to “Y” training […]

UP’s GTY Coordinator, Sharon Koller, Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

We are thrilled to share that UP for Learning’s own Sharon Koller was selected as a 2022 recipient of Prevention Works! VT’s Prevention Champion Lifetime Achievement Award! This award recognizes Sharon’s more than 30 years of tireless dedication to youth mental health, education and prevention, including her time as a Student Assistance Program counselor at […]

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, […]

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

Cultivating Pathways to Sustainability Flyer

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 […]

On the Waterfront Interview with Melinda Moulton

Executive Director Lindsey Halman and Program Director Harry Frank joined host Melinda Moulton on her local community access television program On the Waterfront to share how their passion for youth and adult partnerships brought them to UP for Learning. They also discussed the history of the organization, as well as the many projects that the […]

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 […]