Need tips and tools for talking with your kids about objectionable sexual or violent language or imagery?Take a look at VCW’s Listen, Talk, and Keep Talking (PDF file, 243 KB)
Got questions about your legal rights? The Vermont Commission on Women's handbook, The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont might provide answers. Chapters include: Adoption, Guardianship and Emancipated Minors; Consumer Protection and Fair Credit; Domestic Relations; Education; Employment Rights; Housing and Property Rights; Immigration; Insurance; Name Changes; Public Accommodations; Public Assistance and Government Benefits; Reproductive Rights; Violence Against Women and Children; and Wills, Probate Court, and Advanced Directives.
To Report Child Abuse or Neglect in Vermont
Call the Child Protection 24 Hour Hotline: 800-649-5285
Agency of Human Services Family Services Division
280 State Dr. HC 1 North
Waterbury, VT 05671-1030
The Agency of Human Services Family Services Division provides the following services:
Child Abuse and Neglect Intake, Investigation and Assessment
Ongoing Services to Families At Risk
Care & Treatment of Children in State Custody
Permanency Planning for Children in State Custody
Probation and Other Restorative Justice Services for Delinquent Youth
Post-Adoption Supports and Subsidy for Children Adopted through Foster Care
Transition Services for Youth (to successfully transition from foster care to living independently)
Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center
Center for Technology, Essex
2 Educational Drive, Suite 200
Essex Junction, Vermont 05452
The Center for Technology, Essex (CTE) is a public school serving high school and adult students in relevant and rigorous career education. Students attend full time during a traditional school year and earn credits toward high school graduation as well as college. Most career majors are affiliated with industry licenses and credentials.
CTE is committed to encouraging and supporting girls to explore and prepare for careers that pay good wages and have lifelong advancement potential. The Gender Equity Project at CTE is integrated into the mission of the school. CTE provides opportunities to enrich and support students enrolled in career majors that are non-traditional for their gender. Girls enrolled in Auto Technology, Building Technology, Computer Animation, Natural Resources, and Engineering and Computer Systems Technology are non-traditional students in this regard (as are boys in Childcare Education, Dental Assisting and Cosmetology. CTE networks with organizations statewide to advocate for and support opportunities for students.
Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains
1 Commerce Drive
PO Box 10832
Bedford, NH 03110-0832
Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, serving New Hampshire and Vermont, is a chartered organization of Girl Scouts of the USA. Girl Scouting is the preeminent leadership development program for girls, where they discover themselves and their abilities, connect with others, and take action. Their mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Financial aid is available for girls who qualify. See website for programs and camps.
Girls on the Run - Vermont
22 Browne Court
Suite 103 B
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Girls on the Run is a non-profit prevention program that encourages preteen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running. The curriculum addresses all aspects of girls' development - their physical, emotional, and social well-being.
A website designed for teen girls based in Burlington, Vermont but with an extended national and international wealth of contributors. GirlZone has a variety of sections ranging from music and books to body and life. The site promises to listen to every girl and through this promote that girls are cool.
IBM’s Women in Technology Program
WIT’s events/activities: increase interest in science/math for girls; introduce technology careers through a dynamic and interactive educational program; increase student knowledge about engineering and computer science with regard to preparation and professional opportunities, and how the contributions of these disciplines improve the quality of our lives.
Kids on the Block- Vermont
294 N. Winooski Ave, Suite 125
Burlington, VT 05401
Kids on the Block - Vermont is dedicated to teaching children in Vermont how to keep themselves safe and healthy and to appreciate each other's physical and cultural differences. Using life-sized puppets, this educational program seeks to create a community that helps children realize their full potential.
P.O. Box 94
North Ferrisburgh, VT 05473
(802) 425-KIDS (5437)
Kidpower is an innovative and effective nonprofit program that teaches children, teens, and adults of all ages and abilities how to detect and deter potential violence, bullying and abuse. Skills are taught in a safe, supportive environment to increase self-esteem and confidence in a way that is positive and enjoyable, not scary.
A Department for Children and Families’ website about preventing child sexual abuse.
Tech Savvy Girls (TM) project
The Tech Savvy Girls (TM) program included: Middle School Girls Summer Camps, Summer Leadership Institutes for High School Girls, Professional Development for Teachers, Cool Career Field Trips, and Power Lunches with Women in Tech. The program contributed to an increase in girls participating in high-level activities and enrolling in IT courses at Vermont schools, Technical Centers, and colleges.
Technology for Tomorrow
476 Shunpike Road
Williston, VT 05495
Technology for Tomorrow is a nonprofit out of Williston that connects high schoolers and college students with communities across Vermont to provide free technology workshops. Their goal is to bring communities together through technology by teaching individuals how to engage and participate more effectively with the community around them with the use of technology. They host workshops on topics ranging from internet safety and smartphones, to word processing and email. If you are interested in attending a workshop please visit Technology for Tomorrow’s calendar of events at www.tech4tomorrow.org/calendar-of-events. They rely on high school student volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring at workshops. They work with young women who are passionate about making an impact in someone’s life through education and technology training. If you are a student interested in starting a chapter at a high school please link to the site, www.tech4tomorrow.org and contact the Program Manager.
The Vermont Girls’ Collaborative
The Vermont Girls’ Collaborative is a network of programs for girls in grades K-12 across the state that works together to: leverage the power of girls’ programs through sharing resources, ideas, and relationships; promote girls’ well-being and social equity; expand the capacity of girls’ programs to meet the needs of Vermont girls.
Vermont Works for Women
32A Malletts Bay Ave.
Winooski, Vt. 05404
(802) 655-8900 / (800) 639-1472
105 N. Main St, Suite 211
Barre, Vt. 05641
Through an array of innovative training and education programs, Vermont Works for Women assists women and girls in thinking about their lives in the broadest terms and helps them develop skills and capacities that are critical to long-term economic independence.
Vermont Works for Women's mission is four-fold
- To move women into employment success
- To provide access to non-traditional careers
- To invest in girls, the next generation of women
- To advocate for large-scale culture change for women & girls
Programs for girls include:
Rosie’s Girls – A summer day camp that helps build strong, confident girls through exploration of the skilled trades and STEM. Girls entering 6, 7 and 8th grades get hands-on instruction in STEM-related activities, carpentry, welding and auto repair, and participate in art, games, swimming and self-defense. It’s a safe, supportive, girl-centered environment and emphasizes leadership, teamwork and healthy body image – with tons of fun woven in. A place where girls can get their hands dirty, take positive risks and try something new. rosiesgirls.org/
Dirt Divas – A one-week summer day camp that helps girls cultivate confidence, courage and leadership through outdoor adventure. Girls entering 6, 7 and 8th grades practice mountain bike skills and bicycle mechanics, as well as games, swimming and self-defense. It’s a safe, supportive, girl-centered atmosphere that emphasizes leadership, team-building and healthy body image – with lots of fun woven in. A place where girls are encouraged to build strong bodies and minds in the beautiful Vermont outdoors. vtworksforwomen.org/dirtdivas
Women Can Do – A “roll up your sleeves” full-day career immersion conference about the skilled trades and STEM fields (science, engineering, technology and math) for high school girls across Vermont. vtworksforwomen.org/womencando
Programs for women include:
Step Up - These programs introduce women to jobs and careers they may not have considered before – typically male-dominated fields – that pay a higher wage and have fewer female professionals and role models to look to. They range from one-day orientations to nine-week training programs and are developed in collaboration with local employer partners. Past Step Ups have included construction, manufacturing, commercial truck driving, information technology, and law enforcement. vtworksforwomen.org/stepup/
Transitional Jobs - A six-week program teaching the soft-skills of work, including time management, communication and negotiation. “TJ” programs also provide on-the-job learning for women who have little-to-no work history, have struggled with long-term unemployment, are underemployed, or formerly incarcerated. VWW provides post-program support, including job coaching, networking, and help with job placement. vtworksforwomen.org/transitionaljobs/
Mentoring – Mercy Connections, Vermont Works for Women, and the Dept. of Corrections have partnered to create the Vermont Women’s Mentoring Program to support women making the transition from Vermont’s correctional facilities to Vermont. These women face significant barriers in finding appropriate and affordable housing and employment, overcoming substance abuse and establishing healthy relationships – all key elements of successful reintegration. Mentors can have a profound influence on supporting individual women as they work to rebuild their lives. vtworksforwomen.org/mentoring/
FRESH Food – A culinary training program that prepares underemployed women to work in commercial kitchens and restaurants. Over 13 weeks, trainees assist professional chefs in preparing 6,000 healthy, nutritious meals per month for local childcare centers throughout Chittenden County. As a member of the Vermont Fresh Network, FRESH Food collaborates with 25 Vermont farmers and vendors, locally sourcing about 30 percent of its food. freshfoodvt.org/
Young Women Writing for (a) Change - Vermont
In Burlington, VT since 2004, Women Writing VT supports the authentic experience of women who honor themselves through creative writing. We are a diverse community of women creating change in ourselves and our worlds one truth, one voice at a time. Participants enhance expressive skills, strengthen their voices, deepen themselves as women and as writers for positive change in all spheres of life. Creative writing in all genres is our shared vehicle.
Young Writers Project
An organization dedicated to engaging students in grades K-12 to write, helping them improve their writing skills and finding audience for their work.
YWCA of Vermont
76 Pearl Street, Suite 205
Essex Junction, VT 05452
YWCA Vermont is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. We do this by engaging women and girls in leadership experiences and advocating for racial and economic justice. Primary programs include YWCA Camp Hochelaga.
National & International Resources
PO Box 226
Beverly, MA 01915
Double Sunrise is a website that targets the health issues of young women in their early teens to college years. They cover issues such as acne, pelvic exams, self-esteem, and menstruation.
Femina’s mission is to provide women with a comprehensive, searchable directory of links to stories about girls. An excellent website with information prudent to both young girls and adult women alike.
Girl’s Health was created to help girls learn about health, growing up, and issues they may face. It focuses on health topics that girls are concerned about and helps motivate them to choose healthy behaviors by using positive, supportive, and non-threatening messages. The site gives girls reliable, useful information on the health issues they will face as they become young women and tips on handling relationships with family and friends, at school and at home.
120 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005-3902
Girls Incorporated is a national youth organization dedicated to “inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.” Girls Inc. develops research-based informal education programs that encourage girls to take risks and master physical, intellectual, and emotional challenges. Major programs address math and science education, pregnancy prevention, media literacy, adolescent health, substance abuse prevention, and sports participation. The goal is to help girls prepare for successful, independent, and fulfilling lives.
gURL.com is an online community for teenage girls. It contains stories, games and interactive content. gURL contains content dealing with sexuality, body image, emotions, self-destructive behavior, etc.
Hardy Girls Healthy Women
Hardy Girls Healthy Women (HGHW) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the health and well being of girls and women. HGHW's vision is that all girls and women experience equality, independence, and safety in their everyday lives. To that end, their mission is to create opportunities, develop programs, and provide services that empower them. HGHW addresses girls' lives in relational and social contexts. They believe that it is not the girls, but rather the culture in which they live that is in need of repair. The developmental psychology concept of "hardiness" shifts attention from the individual to the environment: families, schools, and community organizations - as the key agents of change in girls' lives. Their goal is to connect girls to these environments, while transforming their surroundings into safer havens. By providing parents, teachers, and community members with resources and skills, they first raise awareness about girls' capacity to serve as agents of change, and then enlist their action. Overall, the purpose is to create a more equitable culture that meets the different needs of girls and boys.
Melpomene Institute for Women’s Health Research
550 Rice Street
St. Paul, MN 55103
This site provides links to articles, many that focus on issues concerning girls.
National Girls Collaborative
4616 25th Avenue NE #248
Seattle, WA 98105
National Girls Collaborative Project is structured to bring organizations together to compare
needs and resources, share information, and to plan strategically to expand (science,
technology, engineering, mathematics) STEMrelated opportunities for girls.
New Moon Girls
PO Box 161287
Duluth, MN 55816 - 1287
(800) 381-4743 / (218) 728-5507
New Moon Girls is an online community and print magazine for girls. Safe, educational, and advertising-free, New Moon Girls helps girls develop their full potential through self-discovery, creativity, and community. Through sharing their own poetry, artwork, videos, and other creations; engaging in meaningful, adult-moderated discussions; and challenging cultural stereotypes of physical beauty, members build self-esteem and positive body image. New Moon Girls is for every girl who wants her voice heard, her dreams taken seriously, and her creativity celebrated.
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Day is designed to expand opportunities for girls and boys, expose them to what adults in their lives do during the work day, show them the value of their education, and give them an opportunity to s hare how they envision their future. It is intended to be more than a career day. Each year, workplaces and adults around the country recognize its benefits and participate in the program to support our nation's daughters and sons.
The Third Wave Fund
PO Box 1159
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Third Wave Fund is an activist fund led by and for women of color, intersex, queer and trans people under 35 years of age. We work to ensure that young folks are decision-makers at the cutting edge of philanthropy where they are commonly absent.