Three Steps Forward receives new grant
By Courtney Parker
CORRESPONDENT | February 19,2013
Young women of the Rutland community will continue to benefit from the resources of a local career-building program, as Three Steps Forward announces the receipt of a new grant.
Three Steps Forward, which is in its second year running, is designed to assist women between the ages of 16 and 25 who have dropped out or finished high school and need help with professional development and gaining employment.
The program, which partners with Stafford Technical Center and Community College of Vermont, supports local women as enrolled in a year-long course focusing on personal development, furthering one’s education and exploring possible career paths, all while building interpersonal skills leading to economic stability.
“We recognize that the transition from teen to young adult is not an easy one,” said Program Director Lynn Bondurant, explaining that classes offered within the program help participants grow and become more valuable in the job market.
Bondurant said the grant is for an estimated $40,000.
“This grant gives us time to transition and continue to stay in the community.“
The multi-year grant, received from the James T. Bowse Community Health Trust, will help the program build a foundation and grow roots in the community over a three-year period.
“Thanks to the grant from Bowse, we can incorporate sessions on health and well-being,” said Bondurant.
The trust was created to provide seed money to fund projects in the Rutland Region aimed at improving the health status of members in the community. Since its introduction in 1996, the trust has awarded more than $3 million to over 42 programs.
Bondurant believes that Three Steps Forward can be a key resource for the local area and hopes that struggling young women will utilize its services.
On top of becoming a recent Bowse grant recipient, the program has also had success locating a new partner to assist them in the Rutland community.
Vermont Adult Learning, on Evelyn Street in Rutland, has agreed to become a permanent home for Three Steps Forward.
“Vermont Adult Learning is here to help young and older adults continue their education and become more employable,” said Vermont Adult Leaning Regional Manager Michelle Folger in a recent press release. “Three Steps expands our services, strengthens our partnerships, and improves outcomes for participants.”