Josephine Neary, Maddie Rugg, and Milo Dipel, Vermont Day School sixth and seventh graders, have been selected by the Vermont Youth Council to receive Youth4Youth Grants this summer.
Josephine and Maddie will receive $924 to help with their dog-a-thon event to benefit a local dog adoption agency. Milo will receive $3,000 to create a rabbit adoption business, which includes building hutches from scratch.
A project of Vermont Afterschool, the statewide Vermont Youth Council designed the grant program with the goal of inspiring youth-initiated projects that will benefit Vermont’s young people. The grant program funded 14 proposals across Vermont that will promote a wide array of rights identified in the Youth Declaration of Rights, which was written in fall 2017 exclusively by youth between ages 9 and 22.
“We were not expecting to win, and were really excited when we heard the news,” said Maddie Rugg, a seventh-grade student at Vermont Day School.
“I’ve always wanted to volunteer to help dogs up for adoption,” added Josephine Neary, “but I’m too young to volunteer at a shelter. This is a way that I can help dogs find their forever homes.”
This is the first year of the Youth4Youth Grants, with plans to expand the grant process for the next round of funding.
“We are grateful to Vermont Afterschool for the creation of the Vermont Youth Council. This is a new statewide initiative focused on elevating youth voice,” said Sage Bagnato, head of Vermont Day School. “Their mission aligns beautifully with our own and this grant opportunity has been an empowering experience for our students. The students look forward to completing their projects this summer and updating the Vermont Youth Council on their progress. Stay tuned for more from these young leaders!”