Young Writers Project Open Mic

Hello… it’s me… Jacqui! I’m the new NTC Americorps member, and I’m very excited to be here and getting into the swing of things.

On November 20th, the NTC crew took a trip up to Maglianero Cafe in Burlington to participate in a writing workshop and open mic hosted by the Young Writers Project. First, an experienced poet/spoken word artist led us through a few free-writing exercises to get the creative juices flowing. Some of the teens shared some beautiful thoughts about living compassionately, equality, and animal rights.

After the workshop, we all went up to the open mic where some of the teens shared their favorite poems and songs, and others supported them in the audience. So much talent in one room! I was truly inspired by all of you!IMG_3443

We’re looking forward to the next YWP Open Mic on Friday, January 8, 2016! If you’re bored over the holiday break, you can start thinking about something you’d like to share 🙂

Check out the YWP website:

It’s a place where you can post ideas, poems, stories, and more, as well as participate in weekly writing challenges!



New people, new people

For today’s post, I want to write to thank Colleen for the year of service she spent with us in Vermont and at the NTC. Her last day was this past Tuesday, September 1st. Best of luck, Colleen! Come visit.

The school year at the NTC is off to a great start and I’m looking forward to having a booth for Monday of the Labor Day weekend. (Photos to come from our unicorn photo booth and mask-making station!) We are also actively recruiting an AmeriCorps member for this year who will have their own passions to bring to our space. For that, I am excited.

A Hot Week at the NTC

Last week we had an awesome field trip to go to an Extempo event. The event was a storytelling performances from vermont community members. Coming up this week, Today 27: Flower Pressing, Tuesday 28: Garden, Wednesday 29: Clear Mail, Thursday 30: Fun Run, Friday 31: Spin Art, Next Monday 3: Closed! We are getting ready to hike Mansfield come in to the NTC and pick up a field trip form!

NTC Fun!

Hi friends let’s get ready for a fun week at the NTC! We have someone coming in this week to lead an awesome storytelling workshop! Today 6: Closed Tuesday 7: Storytelling Workshop Wednesday 8: Rock Candy Thursday 9: Storytelling Workshop Friday 10: CLOSED Next Monday 13: Dance

Summer Time at the NTC

Hi Friends! Come on down to the NTC it is a great place to hang out in the summer! This week at the teen center Today 29: Baking, Tuesday 30: Vision Board, Wednesday 1: Grill Out and Watermelon, Thursday 2: CLOSED, Friday 3: CLOSED, Next Monday 6: CLOSED It is that time of year for the 4th of July long weekend. Sorry about all the closures but let’s look forward to Tuesday 7 making rock candy!


Last week we had some wonderful adventures from weeding the garden, visiting the Farmers Market, painting and hosting a story circle event. Let’s get ready for another amazing week. Today 22  we have some beading, Tuesday 23: we are making some trail mix bars, Wednesday 24:  Lyrics and Poems, Thursday 25: We are hiking Spruce Mountain! I am so excited so come on in and grab a permission form, Friday 26: Closed, and Next Monday 29: we have vision boards on the schedule and Katie will be in to do a fun baking activity!

Back at the NTC

Northfield Teen Center Friends! June is here and Colleen aka me I am back at the NTC! I am so excited to start the week off with some Root Beer Floats today! Tuesday 9 we have Teen Council so come pitch in your ideas for the center. Wednesday 10  is a writing workshop Thursday 11 Sun Art, Sun Tea and our favorite….Cleaning! Friday 12  Henna Art and that brings us to Next Monday 15 Screen Printing! See you at the NTC.

Let’s keep it sunny in VT

Last Friday the NTC went to Montpelier to visit the BTC and say goodbye to Nick! We enjoyed yummy tacos, played games on the state house lawn, and made new friends. We hope to continue to connect with the BTC as summer approaches. This week for the NTC Monday 11: Photo Creation, we have Lauren visiting today! Tuesday 12: PREP Wednesday 13: Teen Council! I forgot to put it on the calendar this month so it will be happening on Wednesday! Thursday 14: PREP Friday 15: CLOSED, sorry friends! Next Monday 18: Team Building See you at the NTC

May Day

Last Friday we had a crazy kitchen experience where we not only doubled but we made 6 times the recipe for muffins! Come on in this week and grab a yummy berry muffin. We also explored making sushi. We put pickles, avocado, carrot, cucumber, and lots more on these delicious rolls. Coming up this first full week of May. Monday 4: Banbury Tea Tarts and Tea Tuesday 5: PREP starts at 4:30  Wednesday 6: Carolyn and Acting Thursday 7: PREP Friday 8: Surprise  Next Monday 11: Photo Creation Hope to see you at the NTC