South Burlington, VT—In an effort to provide an outlet for Vermont youth to share their current experiences, 25 youth will be sharing their stories at the Virtual Youth Summit hosted by Governor Phil Scott, the Vermont Department of Mental Health, and Vermont Afterschool on March 25, 2021 at 1-2 p.m.
The Virtual Youth Summit is an opportunity for young people (ages 12-18) from across the state to share about their experiences during the COVID-19 crisis, to amplify youth voice, and enhance the understanding of their needs to inform the State of Vermont’s recovery efforts. The event will be facilitated by Holly Morehouse, Executive Director of Vermont Afterschool, and Sarah Squirrell, Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health.
“We are so fortunate to have these diverse individuals and unique voices come together to make a collective statement,” stated Morehouse. “Not only are these young people giving us the gift of their personal stories and perspectives, they are also providing important information that can help inform Vermont’s response and recovery efforts now and as we move forward.”
Each young person will have two minutes to share their personal, pre-written testimony. The students will be reflecting on the following questions during their testimony:
• What do you need in your community to feel connected and healthy (physically, socially, emotionally, and mentally)?
• What do you need for support when you return to school fully in-person (if you've been on a hybrid or remote schedule)?
• What activities and opportunities over the summer would you find the most helpful and appealing?
In addition to Gov. Scott, other state agency representatives at the live event will include Agency of Human Services Secretary Mike Smith, Agency of Education Secretary Dan French, and Chief Prevention Officer Monica Hutt.
To watch the Virtual Youth Summit, please tune in on March 25th at 1 p.m. here: bit.ly/virtualyouthsummit