Serve, Learn & Earn Collaborative Outcomes To Date
By: Maisie Howard, Director of Development and Communications
Serve, Learn & Earn is a workforce development collaboration of Vermont Works for Women, Audubon Vermont, ReSOURCE, and Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. The group’s shared vision is for every Vermonter to have a viable pathway to employment and affordable education in exchange for serving their state. Participants serve by working on important projects in priority areas such as climate, housing, outdoor recreation, and infrastructure.
Recognizing the need and importance of this work, the Vermont Legislature allocated $1.85 million in funding in fiscal year 22 to support each organization’s direct service training programs.
With a combined 157 years of program experience, the four partnering organizations have successfully hosted numerous direct service training programs in the state since the start of 2021.
- Vermont Works for Women’s Trailblazers training program has graduated 18 participants with over 1,190 hours of instruction and 1,248 internship hours.
- ReSOURCE has enrolled 30 Construction Intensives trainees, 22 YouthBuild trainees, and 13 full-time AmeriCorps service members. Trainees completed 570 service weeks, 15,614 service-learning hours, and were awarded 67 industry-recognized skill certifications.
- Audubon Vermont’s Youth Leadership Program has engaged 23 paid youth in 5,040 hours. Youth were employed as interns, teen counselors-in-training, seasonal Instructors & as AmeriCorps members.
- Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. has hired 144 young adults to work and learn on crews; Corps members completed 1,312 service weeks and projects focused on water quality, outdoor recreation, forestry, carpentry, agriculture, and food security.
The Serve, Learn & Earn collaboration is currently seeking a continuation of funding from the Vermont Legislature to support additional workforce development training programs and expand opportunities to more participants. This innovative, collaborative effort and its funding are vital to addressing the workforce development challenges facing our state. To learn more about Serve, Learn & Earn and its future funding needs, reach out to VWW’s Executive Director Rhoni Basden at email@example.com.
Read the stories of some Serve, Learn & Earn participants below:
R was a Door Dash driver when he learned about ReSOURCE’s Construction 101 Intensive. After the 6-week intensive, he was placed with a small, Burlington-based construction firm needing reliable staff in their remodeling company. He has now been with this company for over six months.
Ciara was a UVM campus chapter member in 2020 before graduating in 2021. From there, Ciara became an Audubon Education Intern, a Nature Camp Staff member, and an Environmental Education & Outreach AmeriCorps member at Audubon, VT.
VWW participant Tammie is a single mom supported through VT’s Reach Up program. While dreaming of being an auto mechanic, she has been working with both our career coaches and training within the auto industry. Tammie enrolled and graduated from our Trailblazers program, while also working at a local excavation company. Since then, she’s gained new skills in contracting, excavation, and started her own business in painting & repair.
Sable first joined VYCC in 2016 as a Crew Member, continuing for two more summers as a Crew Leader, and just completed this past season as a Pro Crew Leader. Sable has gained forestry skills and experience, and working alongside the US Forest Service has inspired them to pursue a career in wildlife firefighting.
Serve, Learn and Earn partners: