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Subject: The Vermont Girls Collaborative - forums on Gender Identity, Racial Equity and Socio-Economic Status
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2011 17:05:39 -0500
From: Kelly Walsh <[log in to unmask]>
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Please join The Vermont Girls Collaborative at three forums on developing equitable programs for Vermont youth.


These events will bring together a panel of youth and adult experts who will discuss experiences of individual and organizational change, and share practical information for adults who work with youth to improve their service delivery. Vermont Public Radio’s Jane Lindholm will moderate the forums, which will include an open dialogue with panelists and will conclude with time for audience questions.


Forums will take place at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier from 4:00-6:00 pm.


All forums are free and open to the public.  No advance registration is required.


For additional details, please contact Janet Bullard at the Vermont Commission on Women at 802-828-2851 or [log in to unmask]


February 17: Gender Identity, Harassment and Creating Positive Communities for Youth


There is growing national awareness about the epidemic of bullying based on gender identity and/or sexual orientation. This thought-provoking and timely discussion on gender identity will examine the ways in which harassment and other forms of discrimination can negatively impact ALL young people in Vermont. Panelists Saben Littlefield, Outright Vermont; Jacqueline S.

Weinstock, The University of Vermont; Ace McArleton; Christopher Janeway; and an Outright youth will offer a brief "Gender Identity 101" educational session, speak to their experience and expertise, and facilitate a discussion about how adults can best support and create safe and inclusive communities in which all young people can thrive.


Spread the word about the Gender Identity Panel through Facebook!


March 17: Retooling Youth Programs for Racial Equity


Creating environments that are inclusive and empowering to girls of all racial and cultural backgrounds is a work in progress for most youth-serving organizations.  Panel members from a variety of agencies and school systems throughout Vermont will explore strategies for aligning organizational practices to be more culturally competent, will discuss what has and hasn't worked, and will share strategies for youth service providers and educators to assure that the voices of all girls are heard and celebrated.


April 14: Class Shouldn't Determine a Youth’s Future - Thoughts on Leveling the Playing Field


Class and socioeconomic factors are powerful forces that frequently limit youths' opportunities.  Adults who work with youth can help combat these forces by implementing strategies to address class issues.  Come hear a student, a parent, and specialists talk about what can be done to proactively address class and economic concerns in youth programming and career options. This panel discussion will focus on helping those who work to improve girls' and youths' lives increase their awareness about how class issues affect students' lives, and what can be done to help. This discussion will also address factors that are specific to programming for girls.


About the Vermont Girls Collaborative


The Vermont Girls’ Collaborative is a network of programs across the state that works together to leverage the power of girls’ programs through sharing resources, ideas, and relationships; to promote girls’ well-being and social equity; and to expand the capacity of girls’ programs to meet the needs of Vermont girls.


Members include: AAUW-National Girls’ Collaborative Project, American Association of University Women, American Legion Auxiliary (Girls State), Burlington Boys and Girls Club, Center for Technology Essex, DREAM, Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, Girls Move Mountains, Girls on the Run, IBM-Women in Technology, Rosie’s Girls Bennington, Rosie’s Girls Rutland, Tech Savvy Girls, Vermont Equity Training & Consulting, The Vermont Women’s Fund, VINS, Vermont Commission on Women, VTCAS KIDS-A-PART, Vermont Works for Women, Women Writing for (a) Change and YWCA Vermont.



Kelly Walsh

Program Coordinator

Vermont Works for Women

32A Malletts Bay Ave, Winooski, VT 05404

(802) 655-8900 ext 105

Fax: (802) 655-8922

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