In the first multimedia profile of the "Making a life in Addison County" series, Derrick Dykstra, 28, explains what motivates him to work long hours on his New Haven dairy farm. After high school, Dykstra worked construction in Pennsylvania before coming back a few years ago to the farm his family has operated for three generations. He is one of 7,000 adults between the ages of 20 and 34 in Addison County.
You’ve seen the headlines, you’ve heard the personal stories from friends and neighbors: Vermont needs to create more opportunities for its young people or else they will leave the state. But many young adults choose to stay here and many others return after a few years away.
The “Making a life in Addison County” series will take a closer look at the lives of the 7,000 people between ages 20 and 34 who live in this county. What are they doing? Why did they stay or come back? How are they making it? Among other things, the series will look at the effect of the tough job market on the lives of young adults, whether they plan on remaining in the area and how they see the future of Addison County.
It will include profiles in the newspaper, and a weekly multimedia profile. Find them here.
And if you have a story that deserves to be told about your decision to make Vermont your home, we want to hear from you. E-mail tips and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 388-4944.
Young adults in Addison County by the numbers:
Source: U.S. Census Bureau