Best & Anti Self: Building Skills at CRCF

Best & Anti Self: Building Skills at CRCF

Every Friday, Heather Newcomb, Work Readiness Program Manager at VWW, leads skill-building classes for women who are incarcerated at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility (CRCF). Last week, participants learned about Mike Bayer’s #BestSelfChallenge, a fun and easy exercise in which you define your Best Self (all of the positive attributes and qualities that make up the core of who you are; i.e.- compassionate, brave, loyal, loving, creative) and your Anti Self (your inner critic, that provokes you and that gets in the way of your Best Self by focusing on negative qualities; i.e.- fearful, doubtful, anxious, angry), in a side-by-side drawing. Read More
New Network for Vermont Tradeswomen

New Network for Vermont Tradeswomen

By Elise Greaves, WANTO Program Coordinator In 2019, Vermont Works for Women launched Vermont’s first-ever networking platform for women and gender non-conforming individuals in the trades. The group, called Vermont Tradeswomen, offers a place for women and gender non-conforming trades professionals (and those who support them) to connect, ask… Read More
Trailblazer: Danielle Bombardier’s Journey

Trailblazer: Danielle Bombardier’s Journey

In our eyes, Danielle Bombardier has accomplished the VWW vision: she made a fearless commitment to pursuing her dreams to become an electrician, despite being a field where women are under-represented. When we first interviewed Danielle in 2016 she was on the verge of completing a five-year-long apprenticeship to become an electrician. Three years later, the former participant is now a driving force behind... Read More
Helping Women Beyond Bars

Helping Women Beyond Bars

“I’m a little bit of a rule breaker” says the presenter, Ashley, with a laugh. “We’re not!” yells someone and the group, made up entirely of incarcerated women at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility (CRCF), all laugh. Read More