Women Can Do
PROMOTING STEM & TRADES CAREERS
Week of April 5-9, 2021, Virtual
Instead of an in-person one day conference, Vermont Works for Women is expanding Women Can Do to a full week of activities, events, and opportunities for female and gender non-conforming high school students to explore STEM and other non-traditional fields. There will be a mix of hands-on and online engagement opportunities, and all of them are flexible to one's schedule. Each activity is self-directed, meaning students can work on project kits, explore the Virtual Action Expo, or tune into our social media channel for the Tech Student Spotlight and other events at any point during the week of April 5-9, and after.
*Educators*, on this page you will find interest forms for the Project Kits and Tech Student Spotlight, and information on how to join the Virtual Action Expo. Please share these with your students and mark your calendar with the different application deadlines!
Every year, the Women Can Do conference gives female and gender non-conforming high school students the opportunity to learn more about careers in fields that are non-traditional to women, like STEAM and the trades.
Instead of coming together in person this year, we are offering project kits to recreate the hands-on exploratory activities and skill-building that past attendees of our annual Women Can Do conference know and love!
Due to limited resources, only 100 students will receive a hands-on project kit, filled with self-directed activities focused on exploring STEM concepts and careers. The projects include building a geometric wire wreath, tin can robot and a catapult!
Please have students fill out this short form if they are interested in receiving a project kit. It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. All female and gender non-conforming youth in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply!
In an effort to reach students who are from historically excluded or marginalized communities, we invite you to share this opportunity with students who identify as BIPOC, ELL students, students from all socioeconomic backgrounds, and those with fewer career exploration opportunities. The deadline to submit the form is March 5.
Virtual Action Expo
During the week of Women Can Do (April 5-9), students and educators will be able to explore an online video gallery of Vermonters showcasing their non-traditional passions and/or careers!
This Virtual Action Expo will showcase female and gender non-conforming individuals who are breaking down gender stereotypes and pursuing their passions in non-traditional fields!
What are you passionate about that is non-traditional or underrepresented by your gender identity? Is it a passion for STEM, the trades, sports, or something else?
We want to hear from you!
In the lead up to Women Can Do, we are inviting all female and gender non-conforming students and adults (educators, professionals, supporters, etc.) to share a story about their non-traditional passion and submit a video to the gallery!
Unsure of how to start or what to include in a video? Vermont Works for Women is here to support you in telling your story and filming a video! The deadline for submissions is March 19.
Tech Student Spotlight
VWW is seeking five female and gender non-conforming students who are currently enrolled in non-traditional tech center programs to share their stories as part of the 2021 Virtual Women Can Do!
We want to provide “real life” peer role models for Vermont youth, and shine a light on students who are paving the way for others to dream big about their own futures.
Non-traditional tech center programs for girls and gender non-conforming youth are programs tied to careers in which women and/or gender non-conforming individuals make up less than 25% of the workforce, such as auto technology, construction trades and management, agriculture, and cyber security.
Students can tell their stories through video, photos, drawings and other creative methods, and will be featured on VWW's Instagram/Facebook channels the week of April 5-9!
Career Exploration tool
VWW is adapting our popular Career Paychecks activity (a financial literacy activity introducing students to various career choices and earnings) into a web-based game. This fun and interactive tool will be available to educators for use either in the classroom or remotely. Stay tuned for more details!
Sponsorship opportunities available! Please contact Maisie Howard for more information.
Download the Women Can Do Flyer
Women Can Do
From Our Girls
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
I am powerful and independent and I will be successful!
Student, Women Can Do