VIEW Newsletter, April 21st

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month.  Call 800.656.HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area. Learn more about your legal rights and available resources in the Violence Against Women and Children chapter of our Legal Rights of Women in Vermont handbook.

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**SAVE THE DATE for the New England Women’s Policy Conference!  We are well underway in planning the 2016 NEWPC, which will be held on Friday, November 18, 2016 in the Campus Center Ballroom at UMass Boston.  We hope you will save the date!!

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The Vermont Women’s Fund Benefit: Together We Can Change the Story for Women in Vermont!
Thursday, May 3rd from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the UVM Davis Center

The Vermont Women’s Fund is proud to be a partner in Change the Story, a statewide initiative focusing on systematic change for women and girls in Vermont.  Learn more and read the 2016 Status Report: Women, Work and Wages in Vermont.  After the opening reception, we will hear from Jodi Kantor, award-winning journalist from The New York Times, who will talk about her work on politics, gender, and the workplace. Jodi’s connection with Vermont runs deep, as an article she wrote on low-income women in 2006 influenced two women in Burlington to start a business called Mamava.  Our May 3rd event is also an opportunity to highlight Change the Story, the multi-year initiative that we are funding and working on in collaboration with the Vermont Commission on Women and Vermont Works for Women. Change the Story, led by Tiff Bluemle, believes we can fast-track women’s economic security in Vermont. Currently, the wage gap is predicted to disappear by 2048. Do we really want to wait another thirty years? Change the Story believes we can move more quickly and shows us how.  Lucky for us, the impressive Jane Lindholm of Vermont Public Radio’s Vermont Edition program will be our host and emcee again. Jane’s talents as an interviewer and presenter are well known to many of us as listeners – and she is even more impressive in person!  Learn how our coalition of partners puts philanthropy, policy, and programming together to have a powerful impact! It will be a pleasure to see you on May 3rd!  The event costs $50.  Learn more and purchase tickets here.

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20th Annual Women’s Economic Opportunity Conference (WEOC) is OPEN!
Saturday, June 4th from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Vermont Tech, Randolph

Registration for the this year’s conference is now open! You’ll hear from Senator Leahy and keynote speaker Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  It’s features tons fabulous workshops, including workshops presented VCW’s Cary Brown and Change The Story’s Lindsey Lathrop-Ryan.  The whole day, including lunch and day care are free!  This conference fills up fast, register today!

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If you missed it last time, check out (and share) VCW Commissioner Colin Ryan inviting men to these events!

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On-The-Job Training (OJT) Opportunities for Women in Highway Construction
Under a program for women and minority males, we offer positions statewide for women who would like to enter or advance in the highway construction industry.  No experience is necessary, but applicants must be physically capable to perform the duties of the job and work in all types of weather conditions.  This training program includes paid on the job training (520 – 1040 hours) with built-in wage increases, ongoing case management, and supportive services.  We also offer assistance with the purchase of work clothing and boots.  The long-term goal of the program is to maintain employment in the work force.  More information and an OJT Application is available at www.vtranscivilrights.vermont.gov.  Interested parties should contact Sue Hackney, OJT Program Manager, VTrans Office of Civil Rights and Labor Complaints. 802.828.5858 or susan.hackney@vermont.gov.

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U.S. Department of Labor announced $1.9M funding opportunity to expand apprenticeships and support for women in nontraditional occupations.  The department will award approximately four grants to community-based organizations to create regional, multi-state Technical Assistance Resource Centers. The centers will support efforts to increase the number of women entering into nontraditional occupations and Registered Apprenticeships.  The application deadline is May 6th.  Details can be found here.

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You may find these talking points from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research helpful: 5 Points to Bring Up to Win an Argument about the Gender Wage Gap.

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Vermont Arts Council offers Funding Opportunities!  Cultural Facilities Grants for organizations and municipalities have an application deadline of May 2nd!  Applications for the Arts Impact Grants for organizations, municipalities, and schools have are due May 4th! Head Start Arts Integration Grant applications for Head Start providers are due by June 1.

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Lending your voice to the conversation on how Vermont schools should be measured (SURVEY CLOSES APRIL 26th)

The ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) recently passed at the federal level replacing NCLB (No Child Left Behind). The state must rewrite its accountability plan by this fall and then submit it to the federal government for approval.  

ESSA and NCLB are similar in the following ways:

  • Both require testing in Math and English for grades 3-8
  • Both require a test for English and Math administered in one grade in high school
  • Accountability must include graduation rates
  • The state must identify the bottom 5% of schools (typically labeled “failing” schools)

Under ESSA, states can add other measures to collect in order to identify schools.  This is the time when members of the public can give input.  The state must decide what is important to be measured before any school is labeled.

So how do you get your voice included in the conversation?

  1. Go to http://education.vermont.gov/essa and become familiar with ESSA work in VT
  1. Scroll down the page and find “Decision Points Currently Under Review” and look at Accountability Indicators Being Considered
  1. Watch a Webinar titled “ESSA Measures Survey” to learn more about the process https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSqnF6puXMw&feature=youtu.be
  1. Take the Accountability Indicator Survey (please disregard the TEAM question… skip that and take the survey) SURVEY MUST BE COMPLETED BY APRIL 26th
  1. Please pass on to any organizations/ communities you are involved in.  Encourage all Vermont voices to be heard.
    Gender Equity/ ESSA indicators:

Use the lens of gender equity and over all equity in mind when taking this survey.  In light of the recent reports from Change the Story (2016 Status Report: Women, Work and Wages in Vermont http://changethestoryvt.org/women-work-and-wages-in-vt/ and 2016 Status Report: Where VT Women Work… and Why It Matters http://changethestoryvt.org/where-vt-women-work-and-why-it-matters/) it is evident that women in Vermont are still not economically succeeding compared to males in the state.  How can we address this issue in our education system?  Which indicators would help advance the cause of gender equity, not just equality? 

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Girls on the Run VT seeks volunteers for their May 28th 5k in Rutland!  There are many fun and exciting ways that you can help from being at the registration table, water stations, face painting, parking assistance to giving out beads.  They also need help in set up and take down. Sign up or call Kiki with questions or for more information, 802 345. 1252. 

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The National Girls Collaboriative project shared the following in their April newsletter: 

Everybody Code Now! Is a non-profit organization that works to empower the next generation of leaders in computing to transform their future and help lead their communities towards a new era of technical expertise and entrepreneurship from exposure to basic programming skills. It offers programs, targeting girls aged 9-17, to introduce computer science and teach the basics of coding.

NCWIT’s By the Numbers
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) has released the latest version of Women and IT: By the Numbers. This free download presents the compelling statistics on women’s participation in IT on a single page.

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On March 19th, the League of Women Voters of Central Vermont presented a program called Human Trafficking Here & Abroad, featuring Rosalee Keech, LWV Board/UN Observer, and New Jersey Human Trafficking Task Force and Detective Lt. Lance Burnham, VT State Police “A Troop” Bureau of Criminal Investigation & Polygraph Unit, and member of Steering Committee for Human Trafficking Investigation.  If you missed the event, you can now watch it online here.

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Read the Women’s Enews article: Hollywood Actresses Embrace a Movie Starring the E.R.A.

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Be Heard – Small Business Success
Monday, April 25th from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm at Capstone Community Action, Barre

Learn how to transform your ideas into marketing campaigns that drive action. Then learn how to organize these campaigns while choosing advertising options that reach your target market without your draining resources. Space is limited, please click here to register in advance.

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“Trapped” Film Screening & Panel Discussion presented by PPNNE
Thursday, April 28th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Keene Public Library in Keene, NH

“Trapped” follows the struggles of health center workers and lawyers who are on the front lines of a battle to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women. Since 2010, 288 TRAP (Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers) laws have been passed by state legislatures.  Panel discussion following the film. This event is free and open to the public.  Presented in collaboration with the ACLU of New Hampshire.

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Women’s “We Can” Expo and Conference
Saturday, April 30 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Bellows Free Academy Gym, St. Albans

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May 4th is the first webinar in preparation of the Vermont Day of Giving (June 7th)

Get ready for Vermont Gives on June 7th! Like GivingTuesday, Vermont Gives and initiative of Common Good Vermont, and is a 24 ­hour online fundraising challenge to support our local nonprofits and to amplify the generosity of Vermonters to Vermonters.  CommonGood Vermont will provide nonprofits the tools and support to reach potential new donors while offering the visibility that only a state-wide and collaborative effort of this type can generate. Register your organization for free at VermontGives.org today and save the date for the first informational webinar on May 4th.  Learn More: Top 5 Reasons to Run a Fundraising Campaign During a Day of Giving!

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Umbrella‘s Annual Mother’s Day Run
Saturday, May 7th beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Kingdom Trails, East Burke

Wanna race?  9th Annual Mother’s Day Fun Run is approaching!  Traversing the ruggedly beautiful countryside  in East Burke, Vermont, the course challenges and delights runners and walkers of all levels. The 5k and 10k races will be run simultaneously, primarily over backroads.  There will also be a Kids’ 1/2 Mile Fun Run prior to the main race. This year the run will be centered around Kingdom Trails in downtown East Burke. The new location offers a variety of local shops and restaurants to enjoy after the race, making it a great day to spend with mom and the whole family! This year the theme of the race will be “Mom Is My Hero” and we encourage participants to dress as the super heroes they see their mom to be.  Face painting, music, bounce-house and more for the whole family! All proceeds benefit Umbrella, a nonprofit organization that exists to ensure that communities in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont offer safety, support, and options for self-determination to women and families.  Adults $35 / Students $15.  Register here!

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Financial Planning Workshop for Women Veterans
Wednesday, May 11th from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Burlington Lakeside Clinic

Start planning for retirement now!  Come join us for an educational and informational workshop offered by Veteran Sarah Nolin, Financial Advisor. Call or email Ellen Duval, to register. Phone: 802-657-7092.  This workshop is taking place during our Women’s Wellness Group. We meet the 2nd Wednesday of every month and all women Veterans are welcome.

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FREE Trauma Informed Sexual Assault Investigations Training
Wednesday, August 24 and Thursday August 25 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
at the University of Vermont Campus; 207 Lafayette Hall, Burlington

In collaboration with the University of Vermont Police Services and the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services, The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is offering a two-day training on Trauma Informed Sexual Assault Investigations. Intended audience: Local, state and campus law enforcement professionals – both patrol and investigators; Advocates, SANE Nurses, Prosecutors and Title IX Investigators.  For more information, please contact Aviva Kurash. Registration deadline is Friday August 19, 2016.  Register here.

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Are you a Vermont employer?  Learn more about the Vermont Equal Pay Compact: Stop by VCW’s table with Change The Story at these business events in May:
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility’s Annual Spring Conference
Thursday, May 12th at UVM’s Davis Center
Vermont Chamber Business and Industry Expo 2016
Wednesday and Thursday, May 25-26th