Essex and Essex Junction

The Essex and Essex Junction, Vermont community became a QYD Community™ on June 29, 2020, one of the first alongside Middlebury. This steering committee was the project's first, and began operation in 2018. Today, the steering committee continues to work towards two-star certification.

Benchmarks Met

1

Welcoming, inclusive, and accessible space in the community for any youth (including LBGTQ youth, youth of color, disadvantaged youth) to gather safely when out of school.

2

Funding by the community in support of youth programs.

5

“Youth Are Welcome!” posters displayed by downtown businesses.

6

The engagement of youth as members of the Board of Directors of local non-profits providing services to youth.

8

An annual youth conference or legislative forum for middle and high school students.

9

Effective recruitment of young people for local community-wide committees.

10

Creation of internship/employment opportunities for youth in local government and businesses.