CWEALF provides an information, referral and advocacy service while also training and empowering women in Connecticut to advocate for themselves. Each year, CWEALF helps thousands of women and low-income people navigate legal and social service systems. By incorporating these experiences into our public policy and advocacy work, CWEALF is able to offer innovative approaches to issues affecting women and gender equity throughout the state. At CWEALF we are committed to:
To achieve these objectives, CWEALF's work is divided into three core programs, Legal Education, Public Policy and Advocacy, and Research and Evaluation. Through these programs, CWEALF initiates services to educate and empower women and girls to ensure they have the tools, knowledge and avenues to reach their goals.
With the expansion of our Legal Education program and ourGirls & STEM activities, CWEALF is looking for volunteers to both staff the Information & Referral line and assist in Expos. Additionally, the increased attention to our communications efforts has put us in a position to seek assistance from experts in the area of marketing and communication. Finally, a very important aspect to our Legal Education Program is our ability to appropriately refer clients to attorneys in their areas. We continue to seek attorneys that are willing to join our Cooperating Attorney network in order to be able to offer our clients a full range of services.
longest running program is its Information & Referral Service
(I&R). Historically, the Information
& Referral (I&R) services were provided strictly via the
phone. However, as the community needs changed, the service has evolved to include a more comprehensive in-person advocacy
CWEALF’s Legal Education Program provides essential information to everyone who contacts the agency. This includes I & R, Advocacy, Community Outreach, and Community Education. CWEALF provides clients with free legal information, bilingual services, referrals to partner agencies and cooperating attorneys, and community education on family law, employment, educational equity and civil rights law.
Monitor legislation at the Capitol and work in coalition with other organizations to ensure women may address their needs.
Using the information from the Legal Education Program and Research & Evaluation we promote changes in legal, educational and social service systems to remove barriers to accessing resources.
Among our most recent accomplishments includes CWEALF’s expansion of our research and evaluation work. What feminism and other social movements have called the ability to “name and frame” is central to CWEALF’s mission to empower women, girls and their families to achieve equal opportunities in their personal and professional lives. From the founding of CWEALF to today, CWEALF has worked to identify social needs in order to spur action. This includes the work we’ve done in the past year with multiple community foundations to assess the needs of women and girls in their respective counties. The information from these reports will be used to inform the public including community agencies, municipalities, and state policy makers about the existing and emerging needs of women and girls. Having a strong research and evaluation program not only provides us with information about the needs of women in Connecticut, but also positions us to appropriately and effectively evaluate our own programming.
Dr. Pritchard has spent more than two decades conducting research, advocacy, training and technical assistance on issues related to education and workforce development. She has conducted evaluations of a variety of education and training programs including the Jobs First Employment Services System which provides employment and training services to individuals transitioning from welfare to work. In 2000, Dr. Pritchard began working with the Governor's Office for Workforce Competitiveness to support model programs and strategies for increasing the skills and career opportunities for low-wage and unemployed workers in Connecticut. In 2004, she was chosen to assist in the facilitation of the CT Career Ladder Initiative to create and promote model programs for career advancement in technology, health care and early child care and education fields. In addition, Dr. Pritchard coordinates the Allied Health Workforce Policy Board, which was legislatively created in 2005 to document workforce shortages in nursing and allied health professions and to make recommendations to promote recruitment and retention of these workers.
In an effort to raise awareness about the importance of workforce development, Dr. Pritchard created the Campaign for a Working Connecticut to mobilize a diverse coalition of education and training providers, advocates, employers, and labor unions to improve the state's workforce competitiveness. The Campaign's legislative agenda calls for significant investments of state resources in a number of education and training strategies for entry level workers to promote skill acquisition and career advancement.
Dr. Pritchard has authored and co-authored many academic publications and research reports and has served as a resource for both regional and national press. Dr. Pritchard received her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in 1996. Her doctoral dissertation documented the factors affecting the provision of job training services to low-income individuals in Hartford, Connecticut through the federal Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA).
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