NELRC Spring Webinar
Place-Based Education for Rural Communities:
Applying Lessons from the Youth Agriculture Project
Date: Tuesday, May 20
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Presenter: Jack Glade, Executive Director
The Tutorial Center, Inc.
Bennington, Manchester, and Danby, VT
Registration link: To register for this webinar, please go to
Description: Since 2006, The Tutorial Center, Inc. has re-engaged dropouts and at-risk youth using gardening and community involvement. Our Youth Agriculture Project (YAP) recruits youth ages 16-24 for work crews that grow vegetables, earn ServSafe food handling certificates, work at farmers’ markets, donate food to community programs, operate a local Food Network, and complete community projects. Through this place-based education, participants gain confidence, improve soft skills, develop literacy and academic skills in real-world settings, build transferable job skills, earn an employment credential, and are re-energized about their educational paths. 90% re-enroll in education following their YAP experience! YAP has also greatly increased the public visibility of The Tutorial Center at local and state levels, and added organizational funding streams including workforce development funding and community development funding. This webinar will speak to the lessons learned from this innovative project and how they can be applied to ABE contexts.