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Social Change | Umbrella of St. Johnsbury Inc

“This program is preparing me for the workplace and the professionalism around it. It’s a different feel than any other job a teen might have. I have gained a level of knowledge and confidence…” – Emma, Youth Empowerment Initiative participant

Social Change focuses on prevention education and initiatives in schools and in the community that aim towards preventing gender-based violence.


Umbrella recognizes that social change needs to happen on individual, interpersonal, communal and societal levels. We offer programming and collaboration in all of these areas. Our aim is to change social norms that promote gender based violence, provide alternative norms focused on healthy relationships & consent, as well as increase leadership opportunities for youth. 

Umbrella is dedicated to threading social change and prevention efforts into all of our programs. In this, we bring that focus into our mission of cultivating a Northeast Kingdom where all people thrive, free from abuse and oppression.

We believe that oppression and the systemic abuse of power is at the root of domestic and sexual violence, stalking, teen dating violence, human trafficking, as well as violence related to gender or sexual orientation - which in total we characterize as gender-based violence. We seek to embody a world where those who have been dis-empowered by poverty, discrimination and other obstacles are able to live peaceful, self-directed lives. 

By the Numbers

In FY20, we provided 1,717 youth with educational workshops throughout our 15 school partners. We provided 258 adults with educational programs through 24 workshops.  

Prevention education offerings: 


Middle School

High School

Adult Professional Development

Leadership Opportunities

Youth Advisory Council (YAC)

YAC Info (PDF)

YAC Video 

YAC Instagram - @yacisback2.0

Youth In Power Program (YIPP) 

Program Info

Youth Leader Job Description 

YIPP Podcast & Animation

Contact Information

Henekis Stoddard - Director of Social Change

1330 Main St., St. Johnsbury, VT 05819

(802) 748-1992 Ext. 314


Savannah Williams - Operations Director 

79 Coventry St., Suite 3, Newport, VT 05855

(802) 209-0996

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