Sophia Robins

Featured , Girls' Programs | Nov 18, 2016 | Back to List

I learned from Rosie’s Girls that it’s not how you look on the outside. X-ray vision is knowing someone on the inside. I use x-ray vision in school and in life; I just look at how they’re good at things.

Sophia Robins

Sophia paints a picnic table built at Rosie's Girls in 2013

Sophia paints a picnic table built at Rosie’s Girls, 2013

At age 17, Sophia Robins is not quite sure of her future. What she does know is that she can do anything she wants.

A participant at Vermont Works for Women’s (VWW) Rosie’s Girls and Dirt Divas summer camps during middle school, Sophia developed strong connections with other girls using x-ray vision. More importantly, she learned of her own grit. Encouraged by her idol Rosie the Riveter, Sophia continued her leadership as a Junior Instructor at Rosie’s Girls and provided a voice as a member of VWW’s Youth Advisory Council.

Sophia shares her camp experiences with the Youth Advisory Council, 2014

Sophia shares her camp experiences with the Youth Advisory Council, 2014

Influenced by her exposure to skilled trades and STEM at Rosie’s Girls and our Women Can Do conference, Sophia might enroll in a woodworking program at a technical center after high school. Beyond expanding Sophia’s sense of opportunity, VWW’s girls’ programs have also helped her overcome her fears and defy societal stereotypes.

Sophia first learned of her perseverance at Rosie’s Girls: “A firetruck came to camp. I was scared to climb up the ladder but I got over my fear and did it step by step. It was AWESOME!” Sophia is also proud of her newfound ability to fix bikes and even her family’s dishwasher.

As a Junior Instructor at Rosie's Girls, Sophia teaches younger girls how to use a hammer

As a Junior Instructor at Rosie’s Girls, Sophia teaches younger girls how to use a hammer, 2016

Vermont Works for Women’s girls’ programs help develop grit, connection, and expanded possibilities in more than 600 middle and high school girls each year. This summer, 144 middle school girls did just that. And 82 percent of 2016 campers, just like Sophia, believe they can do more now than they originally thought.

We believe that every individual possesses extraordinary potential. Help us reach more women and girls to prove they can pursue and excel in any career by making a donation to Vermont Works for Women. All of our programs are only possible through contributions from supporters like you.


Listen to Sophia on VPR’s StoryCorps with her father Steve


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Steven Hinds and his daughter Sophia Robins of Montpelier brought laughter to \nthe StoryCorps mobile booth as they shared a wide ranging .