Encouraging healthy behavior and decreasing substance abuse in our community.

About Us

Central Vermont New Directions Coalition was established in 1998 to serve the needs of youth and families in six Washington County towns. The coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to making a difference in youth substance use in our community. With the help of community members and organizations we are able to successfully educate and inform all demographics within our community.

Our Mission: To encourage healthy behavior and decrease substance use in our community

Central Vermont New Directions Coalition uses many strategies to accomplish its goals and objectives, including:

  • Building and maintaining a coalition of youth and adults interested in working together
  • Prevention education
  • Parent education presentations
  • Girls/Boyz First Mentoring Program matching adults/teens with elementary and middle school-age youth
  • Youth Anti-Tobacco Campaign
  • Retailer/Server training and retailer recognition with the VT Department of Liquor Control
  • Providing community education and prevention resources
  • Education and advocacy on policy approaches
  • Environmental strategies, such as taxes, outlet density, and advertising, to protect youth and community members
  • Education of boards, commissions, and community groups
  • Self-assessment screening tools like the e-checkup
  • Increase access to healthy foods
  • Increase access to physical activity
  • 802 Quits smoking cessation programs
  • Education on prescription drug abuse and safe disposal


Ann Gilbert, Director
Ginny Burley, Prevention Educator
Jamie Blondin, Prevention Educator
Wendy Freundlich, Girls/Boyz First Mentor Coordinator


Agency of Human Services
American Cancer Society
American Heart Association
American Lung Association
Another Way
Associates in Family Health
Berlin Police Department
Bethany Church
Bus Stop Conversations (newsletter)
Capitol Plaza Hotel
Capstone Community Action
Central Vermont Medical Center
Central Vermont Community Land Trust
Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission
Central Vermont Substance Abuse Services
Christ Church
City of Montpelier – Recreation Dept.
Coalition for a Tobacco Free Vermont
Community College of Vermont
Community Connections
First in Fitness
Friends of Recovery – VT
Girls/Boyz First Mentoring Program
Green Mountain United Way
Montpelier Alive
Montpelier Pharmacy
Montpelier Police Department
Montpelier Public Schools
Montpelier Senior Center
National Life of Vermont
New England Culinary Institute
Onion River Community Access Media
Prevent Child Abuse Vermont
Rite Aid
St. Augustine’s Catholic Church
School Nurses and SAPs
The World (newspaper)
Times Argus (newspaper)
Trinity Church
Unitarian Church
Vermont 2-1-1
Vermont Deptartment of Children and Families
Vermont Agency of Education
Vermont Department of Health
VT Department of Liquor Control
Vermont Mountaineers
Washington Central Friends of Education
Washington Central Supervisory Union
Washington County Court Diversion
Washington County Family Center
Washington County Head Start
Washington County Sheriff’s Dept.
Washington County START Team
Washington County Youth Services Bureau
WORK/FRANK (radio station)

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