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EMPOWER YOUR YEAR! 

Rosie’s Girls ® Afterschool incorporates everything we love about Rosie’s Girls summer camp in a format that can be tailored to any middle school in Vermont. In Rosie’s Girls Afterschool, students will be exposed to a career field that is non-traditional to women through hands-on activities and projects in a safe and supportive environment. Rosie’s Girls afterschool also incorporates our trademark social and emotional empowerment curriculum to address issues of society and identity in age-appropriate and engaging ways. The Rosie's Girls curriculum supports the Agency of Education's guidelines on students' personalized learning plans, a blueprint for their future careers.

Vermont Works for Women (VWW) is excited to announce that we are now accepting interest from partner organizations to run Rosie’s Girls Afterschool in 6-10 communities across Vermont in the 2021-2022 school year. If you are a middle school, career and technical center, or a local community organization, and would like to run Rosie’s Girls Afterschool in your community next school year, please contact Caelan Keenan, VWW’s Youth Program Manager, at ckeenan@vtworksforwomen.org.

In the 2020-2021 school year, Rosie’s Girls Afterschool shifted to a kit-based model, in which middle school girls and gender non-conforming youth received hands-on project kits in one of three themes: Wood & Metal, Invent, and Water & Natural Resources. Youth completed a variety of projects: building a birdhouse, designing and building their own invention, learning about healthy stream habitats, and more. Project kits were paired with our signature “Power Skill” curriculum to empower participants with the skills we know they need to be successful, such as Self-Advocacy, Exploring Culture & Identity, X-Ray Vision (valuing internal characteristics instead of outer appearances), and Challenge by Choice. We are incredibly grateful to this year’s eight school and community partners for their energy, eagerness, and dedication to our Rosie’s participants. In partnership, we distributed 84 project kits in the 2020-2021 school year. Thank you to Bristol Recreation Department, DREAM Burlington, Missisquoi Valley Union Middle School, NorthWoods Stewardship Center in partnership with Charleston School, Peoples Academy, Poultney Public Library, St. Johnsbury Middle School, and Winooski Middle School! 

In the 2021-2022 school year, we will continue to offer the kit model for Rosie’s Girls Afterschool. We anticipate all three themes will be available: Wood & Metal, Invent, and Water & Natural Resources. In addition, we recognize that some schools may return to in-person, regular afterschool programs sooner than others. As such, schools can run the traditional Rosie’s Girls Afterschool model in Build (woodworking) or Weld themes using your school’s wood shop or metalworking equipment. If you do not have these facilities, or if your school will still have COVID-19 safety restrictions in place, the kit model is a perfect option. VWW can also facilitate collaborations between schools or CTE centers with necessary facilities and equipment for the traditional model.

If you are interested in partnering to run Rosie’s Girls Afterschool at your school, tech center, or community organization in the 2021-2022 school year, please note the following changes:

  • In the 2020-2021 school year, VWW provided all curriculum and project supplies to schools free of charge due to grant funding. In the 2021-2022 school year, to help cover our costs, we will charge each partner site a $500 fee per session of Rosie’s Girls Afterschool (6-10 weeks). If this fee is a barrier, or you would like to run more than one session, please contact Caelan Keenan at ckeenan@vtworksforwomen.org.
  • In the 2021-2022 school year, partner sites will receive: the full “Power Skill” curriculum, a Rosie’s Girls Afterschool program guide, Rosie’s Girls posters and space decorations, an online facilitator training with VWW staff, and ongoing support for the duration of the program. Kit programs will receive a full supply list for all project kit materials. For those schools and organizations that partnered with us this past year, please note that this is a change! Unfortunately, we are not able to buy and package all of the hands-on project kit materials for your organization in the 2021-2022 school year.

 

For additional details on Rosie’s Girls Afterschool’s design for the 2021-2022 school year, please review this one-page informational sheet.

If you are interested in continuing your partnership or becoming a first-time partner for Rosie’s Girls Afterschool, please contact Caelan Keenan at ckeenan@vtworksforwomen.org.

We hope to bring “Rosie’s on the Road” to your community!

Rosie's Girls Afterschool Project Kits

wood & Metal

water & Natural Resources

Invent

Build wooden structures and mechanical models, and learn to manipulate metal with pliers and jewelry tools to make a beaded suncatcher.

Learn more about water flow, stream habitats, and the importance of preserving natural resources by building filtration systems, aquifers, and more.

Follow every step in the invention process to make a creation of your own. Start with a problem in your life, and invent a way to solve it.

 

thank you to our sponsors and partners!

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