Roxane Leopold Scholarship

Upon the retirement of former Executive Director, Roxane Leopold, the Board of Directors launched a scholarship fund in 2007. This interest of this endowed fund is intended to defray tuition costs for King Street Center alumni who are full-time students in college or other post-secondary training programs. Gifts have ranged in size from $500-$2,500.

The deadline for applications is May 15. Personal essay, transcript & a letter of reference (please also refer to VSAC scholarship booklet) should be mailed or emailed directly to Kelli Shonter at

Teen Program

This fall, we will be running full-day programs for youth in Middle & High School at King Street Center!

The Teen Program includes several core components that focus on academic success, healthy lifestyle choices, and job readiness training.  These activities are balanced with daily opportunities for sports, games, field trips, and more.

  • Academic Supportincluding supervised homework time completed at the center; computer and internet access; and one-on-one tutoring as needed. Teens are exposed to the many opportunities available to them after high school through field trip on college campuses, presentations, and one-on-one conversations with role models in the community.
  • Healthy Choices, which includes cooking and athletic pursuits, including basketball, tennis, and Junior Milers running.
  • Job Club, which teaches youth about the value and importance of work through job readiness training, resume writing, and career exploration. (In non-pandemic times, Job Club graduates work each summer on the King Street Lemonade stand on the Church Street Marketplace.)
  • King Street Center Mentoring Program, allows teens to be matched with an adult mentor, as available. These pairs meet weekly, enjoying local community adventures.


Kids attending Burlington Public Schools and who enroll at King Street Center may join us at 87 King Street on their remote learning days:

– Middle Schoolers who go to school on Monday & Thursday may come to King Street Center on Tuesday & Friday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Group A)

– Middle Schoolers who go to school on Tuesday & Friday, you may come to King Street Center on Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.,  and Tuesday & Friday from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Group B)

– Middle Schoolers who go to school four days a week may come to King Street Center on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Tuesday & Friday from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Group C)

– Burlington High School students  may come to King Street Center on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Wednesday from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Group BHS)

  • All youth will be asked to wear a mask while inside King Street Center’s building except for when they are eating. They will have their temperature checked upon arrival and a responsible adult will be asked to respond to health-related questions daily.
  • A meal & snack will be provided each day through our partnership with Burlington School Food Project. Teens may bring their own lunch if they would prefer.
  • We are committed to supporting students in their remote learning class appointments! (Youth should bring their own computer device if possible. If not, we will provide.) We will also support kids in completing homework when they are not learning online. Typically students have access to both staff and volunteer tutor help. However, we are not inviting volunteers into the building at this time, so if remote support is needed, it will be provided. Remote learning isn’t easy. If kids are struggling, we will attempt to be in touch with their teachers and provide alternative learning options.
  • All learners will also have access to enrichment activities at King Street Center. Options include arts and crafts, games, outdoor and indoor sports, and other enrichment as decided by the group. All activities will be conducted with physical distancing in mind. Normally we collaborate with many community partners to enhance our programming, such as Burlington City Arts, Kids on the Ball Tennis, UVM Athletics, and Friends for A-Dog. If health safety allows, we will likely continue to engage in some small group activities outdoors.
  • Students should expect that lessons focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will be part of their learning experience.

Registration & Fee

There is no fee for the Teen Program. This program is generously supported by corporate and foundation grants, as well as local community members. However, we ask that participants complete enrollment form. Please address any questions to Teen Program Director, Joe Ruggles at or call 802-862-6736.

Information for new teens (grades 6-12) who want to join:

The King Street Center Teen Program is currently enrolling new students for its Teen Hybrid Program to start September 21. Interested participants should fill out a Teen Registration, School Release Form, and Policy & Procedure Checklist in order to be placed on the waiting list. If a spot is available in the program you will be asked to complete a family orientation meeting with the Teen Program Director.

Teen Registration 2020-2021

School Release Form

King Street Center Policy & Procedure Checklist