A year-long program for youth, adults, and schools
Offered in partnership with UP for Learning
Empower youth to make real change in their schools and communities with Cultivating Pathways to Sustainability.
Over the course of a year, youth-adult teams develop and implement community action projects to address the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which focus on pathways to building a socially, economically, and ecologically just society.
We are now accepting applications for 2023-24! Complete our interest form to get started.
What are the UN Sustainable Development Goals?
Cultivating Pathways pairs the goals of Vermont’s personalized learning initiative, Act 77, with the Sustainable Development Goals.
Georgia, Vermont Middle School's Cultivating Pathways Project: A Day of Service
School Transformation Story
What to Expect
Form a team of students and educators and join in Youth Participatory Action Research, with resources and support from UP for Learning and Shelburne Farms Institute for Sustainable Schools. You’ll explore the Sustainable Development Goals; connect with and assess your place; and plan and implement a project to advance the global goals.
- Kick-off retreat: October 3, 2023
- Youth-led gatherings (Virtual): November 1, 2023; January 3, 2024; March 6, 2024; and May 1, 2024
- Closing retreat: May 1, 2024
- Coaching meetings: To be determined by teams and coaches
Choose your support level. Click on the support level to expand details and pricing.
- Foundations of youth-adult partnership
- Rooting in the SDGs
- Youth Participatory Action Research project
- Sharing across groups and celebration
- Connect with other CPS groups
- Talk with youth facilitators who have done CPS in the past
- YPAR project support
- Shared resources and strategies
- Virtual or in-person coaching with your team
- Build shared leadership, power, and responsibility
- Support for agenda setting, vision, and project management
- Support with grants
- School transformation
Add professional learning with Shelburne Farms Institute for Sustainable Schools for $500 per educator.
Cultivating Pathways to Sustainability started as a collaboration among Shelburne Farms, Vermont educators Kate Toland and Lindsey Halman, the Rubenstein School of the University of Vermont, the Greater Burlington Sustainability Education Network, and Vermont Learning for the Future. Now, Cultivating Pathways has grown to include other community partners, hundreds of youth, and their teachers.
CPS was recognized by United Nations University as an exemplary project in education for sustainable development (2018). Read about this and other projects in, RCE Contributions to a More Sustainable World: Celebrating Five Years of Innovative Projects on Education for Sustainable Development (2015–2019). (Cultivating Pathways starts on p. 12.)