News and Publications

VCRHYP FY15 Annual Report

The FY15 Annual Report highlights program efforts and outcomes and focuses on building the resiliency of Vermont youth. 

VCRHYP Director participates in Panel Discussion on homeless youth

The VCRHYP Director participated in a panel discussion of the Homestretch documentary, a recently released film about youth homelessness.

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The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act

Senator Patrick Leahy recently reintroduced a bill to re-authorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, which provides crucial funding to support runaway and homeless youth programs in Vermont.

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VCRHYP FY2014 Annual Report

The FY2014 Annual Report highlights VCRHYP program efforts, outcomes and focus on building the resiliency of Vermont youth.

VCRHYP FY2014 Annual Report

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2015

January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. A new resource has been developed to help youth care workers better serve sexually exploited youth. Read more

November is National Runaway Prevention Month

Youth Services, Inc. was featured on a local radio show to raise awareness about issues impacting youth in Windham County. 

Listen to the interview here.

Vermont Edition runs story on VCRHYP and the challenges facing homeless youth in VT

VPR's Vermont Edition featured a story on the challenges facing homeless youth in Vermont today, with interviews from VCRHYP staff.

Listen here

VCRHYP Director addresses VT lawmakers on the issue of youth homelessness in VT

The VCRHYP Director, Calvin Smith, recently addressed lawmakers on the Vermont Child Poverty Council, discussing the rise of youth homelessness in VT and our ongoing efforts to address this need. Read more

Los Angeles Film Director includes Vermont in upcoming documentary on homeless youth

L.A. Director Rotimi Rainwater's upcoming film, Lost in America, tells the stories of homeless youth throughout the country, including a VCRHYP youth from Southern VT. Mr. Rainwater also interviewed Senator Leahy on the issue of youth homelessness. Read more

Burlington Free Press article highlights Spectrum Youth & Family Services

A Burlington Free Press article highlights VCRHYP member agency Spectrum Youth & Family Services, telling the story of the organization and the young people it serves.

Read the article here.

StoryCorps features personal story of runaway youth involved in sex trafficking

On StoryCorps, a woman tells her personal story of running away from home at a young age, and becoming involved in sex trafficking to survive. 

Listen here.

VCRHYP Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Report


The FY2013 Annual Report highlights VCRHYP program outcomes and focus on building the resiliency of Vermont youth, for the period of July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013.

VCRHYP FY2013 Annual Report

PSA about transition-aged youth from Northeast Kingdom Community Action

NKCA in Newport produced several Public Service Announcements about transitioned-aged youth in Vermont.

Watch the second PSA released here.

Northeast Kingdom Community Action PSA about transition-aged youth

Northeast Kingdom Community Action in Newport created this moving Public Service Announcement about transition-aged youth in Vermont. Read more

VCRHYP Profile on The Giving Effect

VCRHYP now has an organizational profile on the Giving Effect, an online collaboration connecting donors with causes or organizations they would like to support. 

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VCRHYP Fiscal Year 2012 Annual Report

The FY 2012 Annual Report highlights outcomes, financials, and the focus of VCRHYP programs for the period of July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012.

VCRHYP FY2012 Annual Report

NY Times profiles Spectrum's Rapid Referral Program

The NY Times recently featured Spectrum Youth and Family Services' Rapid Referral Program, highlighting the success of this program in keeping youth substance free and out of jail by helping them get into treatment early on.  Read more

NY Times article on Young Adult Homelessness

The NY Times aired a story on young adults who are struggling with homelessness as a result of the economic depression, illustrating that major cities are seeing some of the same dynamics with youth homelessness as we see in rural VT.

Watch the video here

Glass-blowing Studio in Burlington Collaborates with VCRHYP as part of the 12-12-12 Campaign

AO Glass collaborated with 12 nonprofits to create small glass sculptures representing each organization's mission. VCRHYP's "Glass House" reflects shelter for runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth in Vermont.

Article in Seven Days about 12-12-12

Spectrum Youth and Family Services opens a new shelter for youth in Burlington

Spectrum recently opened a new residence facility in Burlington for youth ages 18-22 who have left foster care and need housing and additional supports to help them transition successfully into adulthood.

Burlington Free Press article about the shelter

VCRHYP Fiscal Year 2011 Annual Report

The FY 2011 Annual Report highlights outcomes, financials, and events for the period of July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011.

Vermont Public Radio interview with Ned Castle

VPR's Jane Lindholm features the HighLow Project on Vermont Edition - Reflections On Young Vermonters Highs and Lows.

Listen to the interview with Ned Castle

Recent Harvard grads film a new documentary about homeless youth

As part of the Socks for America program, recent Harvard grads Becky Cooper and Lily Erlinger distributed socks to homeless youth across the country and documented the too-often unheard stories of homeless youth and the people that help them. 

watch the full video

Wind Tunnel - Windham County Youth Mapping Project

Youth in Windham County teamed up with NEN to create Wind Tunnel - a community mapping project to connect youth with opportunities in their community.

Check it out

New England Network Publishes 1,158 Youth Ideas for Making Vermont a Better Place.

386 youth from Newport and St. Johnsbury share their ideas for making Vermont a better place for young people.

See the ideas here

HighLow Project Makes a Stop at the Vermont Supreme Court in Montpelier

The Highlow Project appeared at the Vermont State Supreme Court in February 2011.  Read more about it in an article published by The Bridge.

Highlow: Reflections in Photography Inspired by Vermont Youth

VCRHYP Fiscal Year 2010 Annual Report


This annual report reviews Coalition highlights and results for FY 2010 (July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010) 

VCRHYP Receives National Recognition

Out of more than 800 submissions from across the United States, VCRHYP is among 90 quarter finalists for the 2011 Collaboration Prize

See the announcement.

HighLow Project Featured On Local Radio Show

The HighLow Project was recently featured on The Next Frontier radio show. Ned Castle and the VCRHYP administrative team discussed the idea, making, and impact of the project.

Listen to the interview

Home Alone - The Story Of One Youth Who Escaped Homelessness

This months edition of The Commons features the story of a Brattleboro high-school senior who escaped homelessness with help from Youth Services.  The article was written by the Youth Editor...  

View it here

VCRHYP Fiscal Year 2009 Annual Report

This Annual Report reviews Coalition results for fiscal year 2009, (July 1, 2008 thru June 30, 2009).

VCRHYP Fiscal Year 2009 Annual Report

Running In The Shadows - Recession Drives Surge in Youth Runaways

The New York Times published a series on the rising number of runaway and homeless youth in America. Read the individual stories of several runaways from different parts of the country revealing the often complex life circumstances that result in a youth on the run.

Link to the article

VCRHYP 2008 Annual Report

This Report reviews Coalition results for fiscal year 2008, (July 1, 2007 thru June 30, 2008).