Etiquette for young people

College students are testing the waters of independent living and recent grads are emerging into the work world – and those big life transitions offer countless ways for a young person to commit a social faux pas. Etiquette experts from the Emily Post Institute share how young people can master social graces to ease the transition into adulthood.

Maximize your composting and recycling

Get a crash course on what you can and can’t recycle, how to set up a composting system in your backyard, and what role all this plays in reducing our waste. Also, a Vermont reporter in Havana updates us on an Upper Valley youth baseball team that’s visiting Cuba.

Vermont’s Homeless Teenagers

Homeless teenagers are often part of a hidden population in Vermont. They may be jumping from couch to couch at friends’ houses, or they may be camping out in the woods, or sleeping in the back of restaurants. Local advocacy groups estimate that more than 1,000 young people are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in the state. We talk with two teenagers who have lived on the streets, and who have found help through Burlington’s Spectrum Youth and Family Services program.

The China Project

Performances on the Great Wall, language lessons, and city adventures. This summer’s trip to China for the Vermont Youth Orchestra was an eye-opening adventure, and a chance for students to write about and share their experiences through a partnership with the Young Writer’s Project. We hear from those students and from Geoff Gevalt, the editor of the Young Writer’s Project.

The China Project

A group of young Vermont musicians traveled to China this summer and experienced the enormous and complex nation in a way the average tourist never could. In collaboration with the Young Writers Project, VPR hears the voices of those students in “The China Project.” Listen Monday and Tuesday during Vermont Edition on VPR.