Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Yestermorrow, Inc.

  • WAITSField, VT
  • www.yestermorrow.org

Mission Statement

At Yestermorrow, we are at the forefront of a design build revolution to create a sustainable, more just world. We contribute to this revolution through three core beliefs:

1. Mastercrafters create more holistic, human-centered environments. We train the next generation of Mastercrafters - those that integrate the design and build process - to create well designed, relatable places and things.

2. Design should be democratic. The building environment defines our relationship to the natural world and to eachother. There, the design of the built environment should be accessible to everyone - from DIY'ers to local change makers, to the professional trades. We encourage everyone to be empowered to design their world by demystifying the designing and building process through hands-on, experiential learning.

3. Sustainable environments are beautiful environments. We believe that sustainable design is also beautiful design. People always care for and preserve the places they love - even more so when they're employing sustainability principles.

Founded in 1980 by John Connell, Yestermorrow began as a summer program focused on residential design/build. It has since grown to offer nearly 100 classes in sustainable design/build, energy efficiency & renewables, ecosystems & working landscapes, and architectural craft & woodworking. Classes range from weekend courses, to multi-week residencies, to a semester design/build program. Students come to Yestermorrow from all over the world, and bring a diversity of backgrounds, from professionals in the field, college students and recent graduates, artists and change-makers, to home do-it-yourself'ers.

Main Programs

  1. Work and Learn Program
  2. Courses
  3. Certificate Programs
  4. Semester Program
Service Areas

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International

National

ruling year

N/A

Principal Officer

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Ms. Kate G Stephenson

Keywords

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Architecture, design/build, sustainability, green building, hands-on

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Also Known As

Yestermorrow, Yestermorrow Design/Build School

EIN

03-0278594

 Number

2124849388

Physical Address

7865 Main Street

Waitsfield, 05673

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Yestermorrow's courses are specifically designed to demystify the designing and building processes using hands-on, experiential learning to teach students the art and wisdom of good design and the skill and savvy of enduring craftsmanship as a single, integrated process.
This creative process offers students unique insight into the oftentimes disparate worlds of the architect and the builder. Architects are routinely trained without any building experience that might inform their designs, and builders are trained to execute without a sense of the overarching purpose or design of the project.
Combining design and building offers numerous advantages and promotes the creation of intentional and inspired buildings and communities that enhance our world. From the professional design/builder to the do-it-yourself design/build homeowner, every designer should know how to build and every builder should know how to design. This philosophy sets Yestermorrow apart from other educational institutions.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Work and Learn Program

The Work and Learn Program is dedicated to provide a unique educational experience working and living as part of the Yestermorrow community. Program participants learn basic design/build skills, and at the same time are able to take a variety of courses offered by talented faculty from all over the country. Participants provide Yestermorrow with support in the day-to-day operations of the School while participating in hands-on learning opportunities both in and out of formal classes.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

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Adults

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Program 2

Courses

Yestermorrow’s courses are specifically designed to demystify the designing and building processes using hands-on, experiential learning to teach students the art and wisdom of good design and the skill and savvy of enduring craftsmanship as a single, integrated process.
This creative process offers students unique insight into the oftentimes disparate worlds of the architect and the builder. Architects are routinely trained without any building experience that might inform their designs, and builders are trained to execute without a sense of the overarching purpose or design of the project.

Combining design and building offers numerous advantages and promotes the creation of intentional and inspired buildings and communities that enhance our world. From the professional design/builder to the do-it-yourself design/build homeowner, every designer should know how to build and every builder should know how to design. This philosophy sets Yestermorrow apart from other educational institutions.

Professional Development at Yestermorrow
Yestermorrow is committed to providing educational opportunities for practicing professionals and students in the fields of architecture, environmental design, fine arts, landscape design, engineering, and planning. Our goal is to expand the horizons of those already in the design and construction field, and to deepen their understanding of the interrelationships between the design process and the construction process. We offer Continuing Education(http://www.yestermorrow.org/aia-ces.htm) credits through the American Institute of Architects(http://www.aia.org/) for a wide variety of courses at all scales of design/build. Our Professional courses are marked throughout the curriculum with the AIA symbol.

Courses and Instructors
Yestermorrow is unique in its professional field. Since 1980 our nationally-recognized instructors have been teaching all aspects of the building arts and trades to present and future members of the design/build team: student, homeowner, designer and builder. Courses are intensive and constantly engaging, challenging students to solve complex design problems through the integration of the design and construction processes. We offer a low student-to-instructor ratio, allowing individualized instruction and personal attention. Our instructors and staff consist of over one hundred professional architects, builders and artisans who come from across the nation to the mountains of central Vermont to share their expertise with our students. View current course listings(http://www.yestermorrow.org/courses.htm) .

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Program 3

Certificate Programs

Yestermorrow offers four certificate programs designed for individuals looking for intensive, in-depth, hands-on opportunities for deepening understanding, acquiring functional skill sets, and widening career opportunities. Open to educational enthusiasts of all ages (from 18 up), our certificate programs offer intensive learning opportunities for anyone seeking a blast of career development in a timeframe substantial enough for real growth, but short enough to squeeze in around other family and career obligations.

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Program 4

Semester Program

The full-immersion, credit-bearing semester in green building and design complements architecture, building science, engineering, and environmental design majors and has wide application in liberal arts curricula.

-Gain important hands-on skills developing a real-world project
-Explore concepts of sustainability through practice
-Earn college credit
-Work with expert instructors who are professional designers and builders
-Add practical and relevant experience to your professional résumé
-Open to college students, recent graduates, and professionals
-The only pre-requisite is self-motivation—no previous architecture or construction experience necessary
-Financial aid may be transferable

In this program, students translate theory into practice, ultimately building an architecturally innovative high-performance shelter that they collaboratively design. Students gain experience in team design and facilitation as well as project management. They develop their own positions and arguments for good design and sound ethical and environmental building practice. They leave knowing how to use a variety of hand and power tools and feel comfortable on a building site. They are empowered with the ability and confidence to measure and implement appropriate technology now and into the future.

And they do this all while developing a tight network of friends and academic and professional colleagues. Nowhere else can liberal arts students get this level of intensive, hands-on instruction for college credit from leaders in the fields of design/build and green building.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

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Service Areas

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Funding Needs

General operating support Scholarship funds Capital funds to expand facilities Semester program curriculum development

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Yestermorrow, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Kate G Stephenson

BIO

Kate is the Executive Director of the Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Waitsfield, Vermont, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to hands-on learning in areas of sustainable design, green building, furnituremaking and craft. Kate came to Yestermorrow in 2002 with experience planning and facilitating workshops on sustainability education, restoring historic gardens, researching bioenergy projects in developing countries, and promoting land conservation. Kate has served as the Residential Green Building Advocate for the state of Vermont through the US Green Building Council and on the Green Jobs Council at ReSOURCE. She was a co-founder of the Mad River Valley Localvores, a grassroots group focused on promoting and educating about local food and currently serves on the board of the Urban Death Project. Kate holds a MS in Management from Antioch University New England and a BA in Anthropology and Environmental Science from Haverford College.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"We are excited about our expanding short course schedule and longer certificate and semester programs, offering more design/build learning opportunities than ever before. Interest in sustainable building and design continues to grow and Yestermorrow’s teaching philosophy provides critical opportunities for career development, skill building and personal growth. We hear from our students time and time again how important it is to be able to have a place like Yestermorrow to explore new ideas, get tools in their hands, and meet interesting people—often folks who go on to become lifelong friends.   Yestermorrow is about more than just our classes, our buildings or our mission statement. It’s a dynamic community of people coming together who want to make the world a better place."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

John H. Norton

NRG Systems

Term: Apr 2010 - Mar 2013

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?