Youth leadership development : St. Albans, Vermont

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Southern New Hampshire University
As stated in the thesis project, "This project will benefit the young people and therefore all residents of Franklin County, Vermont. What makes this Community Economic Development is that now that young people are part of the process of change, they feel connected to their community and may stay as opposed to going somewhere else to find employment and a place to live. Having the opportunity as young people, to effect change in their community, they can carry these skills on as contributing adults. Instead of feeling victimized, they seize the opportunity to share decision making with other community members for the benefit of all. Through the experience of working with young people in the community and being with them through their successes and failures, I know that given the support and encouragement and opportunity, they can effect positive change within the community. They can break community stereotypes about them and others for a positive good." (Library-derived description)