2015 Women's Fund Grantees

What do trail building, meeting state legislators, and sailing for the first time have in common? They are all part of the skill-building programs for young women and girls that the Vermont Women’s Fund is supporting this year.

The Women’s Fund, a component fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, awarded $97,700 through its competitive grant round this spring to 12 organizations working to improve the lives of young women and girls in Vermont. The grants support programs across the state that provide young Vermont women ages 15-25 with positive relationships and role models; development of self-advocacy skills; and opportunities to learn life-skills, job-readiness, and traditional and non-traditional education and vocation.

“We’re proud to support so much great work being done for young women and girls by organizations across Vermont,” says Meg Smith, director of the Fund. “These grants represent more than a collection of individual programs. We’ve been making grants for more than 20 years, and by looking statewide at where there are gaps and barriers to the economic security of young women and girls, we seek to support the programs that will best help them succeed. It’s a key part of carrying out our mission to ensure that every woman and girl in Vermont can rise and thrive.”

Vermont Women’s Fund 2015 Competitive Grants

Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro received $10,000 for their Smart Moves program, which supports young women 15-19 years old to stay in school, develop a plan for post-secondary education or training, learn leadership and communication skills, seek out healthy relationships, and make choices that support a healthy lifestyle.

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes received $10,000 for WINGS: Women INspiring Girls' Success. WINGS will recruit women to serve as mentors to young women at the Boys & Girls Club. Through weekly meetings and monthly special activities, girls will be encouraged to see beyond their current circumstances and develop a vision for their future.

Champlain Valley Area Health Education Center received $10,000 for the MedQuest Health Careers Exploration Program, an intense, multi-day health career exploration experience for high school students as part of a career pipeline program. The program exposes them to a variety of careers, professionals, and health facilities, and supports their interest in pursuing a health career.

Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains received $10,000 to support Girls Rock the Capitol, an internship and mentoring program that matches high-school-aged girls with female state legislators to help them learn about civic engagement, advocacy, public speaking, and women’s empowerment.

Governor's Institutes of Vermont received $10,000 to help girls from low-income backgrounds attend their residential co-ed and single-sex academic and creative learning programs which use a model proven to increase confidence and self-esteem and raise academic and career aspirations among young women over the short and long term. 

HOPE Works received $10,000 to support their 'Stronger Than...' Campaign: Building Resiliency and Life Skills for Girls, which helps young women build resilience in the face of societal messages about their 'inevitable' path into sexual exploitation or cycles of violence.

Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center received $6,000 for Women In Wind, a program designed to help young women become leaders, strong communicators, and scientists through the sport of sailing.

Northeast Kingdom Youth Services received $1,700 for their GLAM (Girls Learning (that) Aggression Matters!) program, which will provide young women ages 15-25 years old with an open and safe forum for discussion of healthy relationships and how to identify, address, and prevent violence and aggression in its many forms.

ReSOURCE received $5,000 to help ReSOURCE YouthBuild recruit and enroll more young women in their construction trade skills training and alternative high school completion program for disadvantaged youth.

Sara Holbrook Community Center received $5,000 to support the Young Women’s Empowerment Project (YWEP), a program that takes underserved young women in the Burlington area on a journey through self-discovery using teambuilding activities, bi-weekly dialogue sessions, meetings with community leaders, service-learning opportunities, and other experiential learning activities.

Vermont Horse-Assisted Therapy received $10,000 for their 2015 Teens at Risk Program, which helps young women develop patience, perseverance, bravery, teamwork, and creative problem-solving skills with the support of mentors, mounted lessons, workshops, business classes, and work opportunities.

Vermont Youth Conservation Corps received $10,000 to support their Building Skills and Self-Confidence in Young Women program which engages young women in trail building and conservation efforts. Participants will gain self-confidence and professional, technical, leadership, and interpersonal skills in a safe and supportive environment.