Applications for the 2021-2022 cohort are now open!

To apply, please complete both parts of the application: (1) the Google Form AND (2) the release/permission/credit forms. Applications will be considered complete when both parts have been submitted.

At this time, we are planning a conservative, fully-virtual approach. If pandemic conditions improve dramatically, we will consider in-person meetups and overnight retreats yet still find ways to include youth from out of state.

Key Dates for the 2021-2022 year

Important: Please put the Key Dates in your and your family’s calendar when you apply.

Part 1: Google Form

Part 2: Release/Permission/Credit Forms

What’s the Story? (WTS VT) empowers young people to become informed, strategic, and empathic change agents on topics of social concern that they choose. At no cost to students or schools, WTS VT nurtures and networks self-reflective young leaders through authentic, challenging, and collaborative work.

WTS VT is an innovative, credit-bearing course that invites middle and high school students from across Vermont and beyond to work in teams that are united by a common passion around a topic of social concern. Cohorts of young leaders extend across geographies, schools, ages, and academic interests and are connected to the Middlebury Bread Loaf Next Generation Leadership Network (NextGen) of young people and teachers who are pedagogically and practically committed to responsible and involved citizenship. What’s the Story? and NextGen have emerged from the teaching and learning at Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English and the Bread Loaf Teacher Network.

To learn more about WTS VT, please explore the resources below. If you have questions about the program or application, please contact us at

  1. Transferable skills taught and assessed
  2. Program description
  3. Middlebury Magazine article
  4. Flyer
  5. Past-student work