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Happy Kick Butts Day!

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March 19th is national Kick Butts Day sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids! The Collaborative is celebrating fun events at Flood Brook School and Burr and Burton Academy. Check out the photos below and see what youth in the community got up to!

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AmeriCorps members Lynnette Volden and Jesilyn Amsden kick butts, literally!

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“These 10 silhouettes represent the 10,000 youth alive in Vermont right now that will eventually die of tobacco related causes unless we speak up and speak out.”

The Vermont Kids Against Tobacco group at Flood Brook School created this numbers campaign to bring awareness to tobacco use among teens in Vermont.

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AmeriCorps member Jesilyn Amsden and Burr and Burton Our Voices Exposed member Stella Oh post resources on the wellness board at BBA.


VT Young Adult Survey

If you’re between 18 and 25, take a few minutes and fill out the 2014 Vermont Young Adult Survey.

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Your opinion on substance use counts, AND you could win a cash prize of up to $250!

Click here to fill out of the survey or visit facebook to see the page.

The Vermont Department of Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs, and The Collaborative thank you for making your voice heard and helping us make Vermont a healthier state!


Umatter Suicide Prevention Training for Community Professionals

The Center for Health and Learning in conjunction with The Collaborative is please to announce two days of professional training on the topics of Suicide Prevention and Postvention Response.

All community professionals are welcome to take advantage of this professional-level training opportunity.

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Become a part of Vermont’s prevention-prepared community by learning how to respond to suicidality by identifying signs and symptoms of suicide, risk and protective factors; learn your profession’s roles and responsibilities, protocols, when and how to refer for more help, and how to access important resources.

April 1: Suicide Prevention – April 2: Suicide Postvention
9:00 am – 3:00 pm both days
Registration and breakfast at 8:30 am
Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park, Park House Activity Room
Manchester, Vermont
$35 per day, includes materials, breakfast, and lunch
Scholarships available
Register for one day or both

If you would like to register, click this link.

If you have questions, please contact the Center for Health and Learning by phone 802.254.6590 or e-mail

If you know any community professionals who might be interested in this training, please pass along this information!


Summer Camp Is Back!

Anticipating summer, when the weather will be warm and the days long and sunny?

Make the thought of summer even more exciting by checking out this year’s Collaborative Summer Camp.

This year campers will spend a week living in the world of some of their favorite books and movies. Plus, there’s swim lessons, field trips, and digging around in the Community Garden.

Register online here, e-mail, or pick one up at Flood Brook School.



Get Involved in the Community Garden

It’s almost time for spring, which means that The Collaborative is thinking about what we’ll put into our Community Garden for the 2014 season!

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Give us your input or get involved! You can contact Lynnette at 802-4200 or


Follow the link to fill out our Community Garden survey and let us know how you might like to be involved!


Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right!

March is National Nutrition Month, and everyone is encouraged to enjoy the taste of eating right!

Visit to learn more about NNM, and learn how you can make tasty and healthy meals.


“Harvey,” the mascot for The Learning Kitchen.

Here at The Collaborative, we serve fruits, veggies, and whole grains as snacks in our after school program and teach youth how to cook healthy meals in The Learning Kitchen.

What are your favorite ways to be healthy and nutritious?


The Extended Day Program is Canceled for 2/13/2014

In anticipation of inclement weather, Flood Brook School has announced a 1:00 pm dismissal for Thursday, February 13th. All after school activities have been canceled. There will be no after school program at The Collaborative.

If you need to make alternate arrangements for your child, please call the Flood Brook School office at 824-6811.


The Learning Kitchen comes to The Collaborative

The Collaborative has held the second week of The Learning Kitchen thanks to Hunger Free Vermont!

This week the youth learned about the importance of fruits and vegetables in a health diet.

Youth sampled a pomegranate, star fruit, coconut, bok choy, and pea sprouts!




The youth also got to practice their knife skills by making stir fry.


The Learning Kitchen is a six-week program that combines hands-on cooking experience with nutrition education to promote food security and healthy lifestyle choices among participants. After cooking and tasting foods in class, participants are sent home with a goodie bag, encouraging them to share what they have learned with their families and incorporate healthy food choices into their daily routine.

A big thank you to Clark’s Quality Foods for donating to the program and volunteer Heather Borhek for helping teach the class.


Thank Your Mentor Day

January is National Mentoring Month, and today is Thank Your Mentor Day!

The Collaborative would like to thank our mentor program’s volunteer mentors and encourage you to thank someone who has mentored you.

Visit our facebook page to share your story as a mentor or mentee. Visit Mobius, Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership, for information on National Mentoring Month and celebration events happening around the state.


50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General’s First Report on the Dangers of Smoking

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Fifty years ago, on January 11th, 1964, the Surgeon General released his first report on the dangers of smoking. It ranked among the top news stories of 1964 and was the spark that created the push to decrease tobacco use in the United States. Since the report, cigarette warning labels, early education in classrooms on the dangers of smoking, and the establishment of the National Clearinghouse on Smoking and Health as well as many other efforts have helped Americans be smoke-free.

To celebrate, The Collaborative has redesigned its tobacco resources page! To learn the dangers of smoking, get tips on how to quit, or help make our community smoke-free visit our new page or