MANCHESTER >> Local teens with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps are restoring historical trails at the Gettysburg Quarry in the Dorset Town Forest this summer. The Manchester Community Library is hosting a presentation this Thursday, July 14 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the library's Hunter Room. An interactive multimedia presentation by the VYCC crew will provide insight into the town forest's rich history, the vision for its future, and how local youth are turning that vision into a reality.
Vermont Youth Conservation Corps is a statewide nonprofit organization serving youth ages 16-24. Work-based learning experiences in conservation and agriculture provide opportunities for youth to learn personal responsibility. Eight youth are currently living and restoring trails in the Dorset Town Forest, and a second session will employ eight more youth between July 25 and August 19.
Crew members include students from the local community, including the Long Trail School and Burr and Burton Academy. Chris, a Corps Member from Burr and Burton Academy, reflects on leadership: "A leader doesn't always have to be the one breaking new trail. Sometimes, the leader is bringing up the rear." Chris and his fellow crew mates comprise an enthusiastic bunch led by Ada Liz Gabancho-Soto, who has a bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Connecticut and previously worked for The Nature Conservancy. Her co-leader is Gabe Albright, who has experience in youth development and education, including teaching environmental science. This is Gabe's second season leading crews with VYCC.
VYCC's paid jobs for youth, which are also rich in personal and professional development, are made possible by project sponsors and community supporters: the Town of Dorset, Dorset Historical Society, Lyman Orton and Janice Izzi, and the Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.
This event is open to the public.