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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. Essex and Essex Junction were certified from June 2020-June 2023.

Benchmarks Met


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.


Funding by the community in support of youth programs.


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


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


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


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


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

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