Applications for the 2020-2021 cohort are now CLOSED for Vermont youth.

Please check back in February 2021 for the 2021-2022 application.

To apply, please complete the Google Form application AND submit the release/permission/credit forms. Applications will be considered complete when both parts have been submitted.

Key Dates for this year

Part 1: Application

Part 2: Release/Permission/Credit Forms (PDF of Forms, perhaps easier to e-sign)

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

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 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 Next Generation Leadership Network (NGLN) of young people and teachers who are pedagogically and practically committed to responsible and involved citizenship. What’s the Story? and NGLN 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