I learned how to use various types of tools and how to be more confident and make my voice heard.
Rosie's Girls camper, 2014
I don't think I would have the confidence to pursue a career in law enforcement without this program. I'm so happy to have met everyone in this program. I'm so excited about the additional support available to us after the program ends.
Step Up to Law Enforcement graduate, 2014
I’ve proven that just because you have a past, or you have something in your past that is bad, a piece of paper doesn’t define who you are. So excited and I have Vermont Works for Women to thank for where I'm at today.
Kristen Badger, 2011 program graduate
Self-confidence. It’s weird to define it as a skill, but it is something that takes practice. It takes building habits of not knocking yourself down…the curriculum made me realize I have valuable skills, and all I needed to do was fine tune, and be confident in the fact that I know what I am doing; learning how to not be afraid to say ‘yes, this is what I have to offer’ and not downplaying my strengths.
Crystal Whitcomb, Step In to Work 2016
It was so gratifying to watch their sense of what’s possible expand so quickly, and see how receptive they are to encouragement and positivity. A lot of the time, all it took was the adult leadership to say “try it!” or “you can do it!” and they’d give it a go.
Bianca Rizzio, Rosie's Girls camper & instructor
An amazing, well-run and valuable opportunity for young women to "see" what their choices can be for the future and to understand how they can create their own vision for their future. Excellent!
Volunteer, Women Can Do 2016
I am powerful and independent and I will be successful!
Student, Women Can Do 2016
I learned some bike mechanics, wahnwado, and making new friends isn't as hard as it sounds. Most importantly, I learned to never give up, and that I can do anything I put my mind to.
Dirt Divas camper, 2015
I learned that when you're in a supportive community of girls it's easier to get things done.
Dirt Divas camper, 2016
Vermont Works for Women has really helped me to discover that you can do whatever you want to do, and it doesn’t have to be typical or normal.
Annalee Beaulieu, YAC member and Rosie's Girls alum
I love the Youth Advisory Council because it’s always a reminder that there are people who care about the same things you care about, and that you can be unapologetically passionate about something. When you’re in that community, it’s celebrated. It’s something that’s important to me, and it’s inspiring that other people are equally invested in it.
Heather McCabe, YAC member and Rosie's Girls alum
I learned not to doubt myself so much. Now, I’m trying to move up and see where I can go.
Melissa Morgan, FRESH Food 2015
I was more timid before I started the program. Overall, a lot less sure of myself and what I wanted to be doing. Finding work that I love doing and being able to do it well has given me a lot of confidence.
Anne Cooch, FRESH Food 2013
I had been unemployed or underemployed… SUIT changed all that. For the first time in a very long time, I feel confident in advancing in this field.
Chris Saracco, Step Up to IT 2015
It motivates me to strive towards following my heart even if I may not have the average level of education in one particular area.
Incarcerated woman, 2016
I can be confident about finding a job and continue furthering my job even with a record.
Incarcerated woman, 2016