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Economic Empowerment Program

AWARE’s Economic Empowerment Initiative assists participants in achieving economic stability and self-sufficiency during confidential one-to-one meetings, support groups meetings, and referrals to appropriate agencies for additional assistance. Specific support services include: use of AHS “Screen Door” (a screening tool); referrals to Tangible Assets programs; assistance with tax returns; debt management and reduction; access to credit scores and help with credit repair; assistance with applying for affordable housing and other financial assistance programs; Moving Ahead Through Financial Management curriculum; and Altering Course Career Coaching. Participants learn a variety of financial strategies such as opening bank accounts, balancing a checkbook, borrowing basics, debt management, strategies for creating a budget and saving money, paying their own bills, obtaining sources of income through employment, child support or other financial assistance programs, and finding safe and affordable housing and discovering the importance of good credit.

Youth Programs

AWARE provides support to children and teens through prevention education, personal advocacy, and groups.


AWARE offers free and confidential advocacy and support services for teens around Teen Dating Violence, Sexual Violence, Stalking and Bullying issues.

Support Groups

Many different support groups are offered for children of all ages, from Pre-K through college students. Most are offered through the schools, during the school day. Topics can include domestic violence, sexual violence, peer aggression, healthy relationships, body image, positive leadership skill development, and more.

Education Programs

AWARE offers educational programs to youth of all ages through schools in our area. These classes cover a variety of topics from violence prevention to awareness building to healthy sexual development.

Care For Kids

Care For Kids (CFK) is a specialized educational program that AWARE provides to local schools. This curriculum focuses on nurturing healthy sexual development in children grades Pre-K through second grade and also focuses on prevention of victimization and perpetration of abuse. This curriculum meets the state’s ACT 1 mandate requirements.

CFK is a fun, health-based curriculum for children ages 3-7 years old. This well-researched curriculum helps adults understand the link between healthy sexuality education and child sexual abuse prevention. A parent training is offered to orient them to the curriculum, discuss children’s normal sexual development and ways of fostering healthy sexuality in their children and to answer their questions.

Child sexual abuse in Vermont in 2008: 11% of reported sexual abuse victims were age 5 and under; 41% of sexual abuse victims were between the ages of 6-13.


Sexual Abuse Free Environments for Teens (SAFE-T) is an educational program offered to local schools with a curriculum built around teaching communication, empathy, and accountability in 7th and 8th graders. Similarly to CFK, this curriculum aims to prevent victimization and perpetration of abuse. SAFE-T also meets the states ACT 1 mandate requirements.


It is our belief that every young woman has incredible power,intelligence, strength and resiliency. This group helps girls find the power in themselves and then use it to support others and effect positive change in their communities. In the GIRL TALK! group we will talk, eat, play games, watch movies, get to know each other and spend time exploring how to take care of ourselves and support each other; how to have healthy relationships and friendships; how to become leaders in our own lives, school and community; female health and wellness; dating violence and sexual assault prevention. But most of all, we will spend time together and have some fun!

Contact our Youth Advocate for more information about Youth Programs.
802.472.6463 x224 or

HParticipants Enjoy time with a Horseorses for the Heart

Provides adult and youth victims/survivors of sexual and domestic violence with Equine Assisted Learning in addition to their involvement in other support activities.  The overall objective of the program is to help adults and youth rebuild their confidence, trust, self-esteem, body awareness, and feelings of safety. Horses for the Heart is a solution-oriented approach, with its basic foundation resting on Gestalt, Reality, Solution-Oriented, and Rational Emotive therapies. The horse acts as a metaphor for relationships, effective in confronting behaviors/attitudes of the participant because of their honesty, ability to observe and respond to nonverbal communication. This creates an opportunity for the participant to reflect on their own responses to their life situations which involved being a victim of violence and find solutions to help them gain back their sense of self empowerment and trust. Being large, powerful animals, horses help participants overcome fear and to develop confidence in a naturally intimidating situation that is not easily forgotten.  Being experiential in nature, Horses for the Heart is an opportunity recognizing that our participants, using their abilities to meet their needs, have many of their own answers.