Opportunities for Women & Girls

Workshops, Leadership & Community

Thriving invites women and girls who have limited incomes to take part in its many learning, leading, and community-building opportunities in Brookline, including a variety of multi-week workshop series. Some of these series are facilitated by skilled social workers from The Brookline Center. In several, low-income women take the lead as co-planners and co-facilitators. To join upcoming activities, please check the event calendar. All activities are free for women and girls with limited income.

Workshop Series

Thriving’s signature workshop is Surviving and Thriving, offered once or more each year. New programs and events are always in development. All programs are free for women with limited income.

Our current series include:

  • Manage your Money! (Current offering: 4-week workshop series)

    Join other Thriving women in a small, supportive group with a money management specialist. Explore how to achieve your financial goals. You will learn how to create a solid budget, build your savings, and effectively build and use credit.

    Offered Tuesday evenings, 5-7 p.m., May 1-22 at The Brookline Center. See sidebar for registration information. 

  • Preparing for Employment Together (Current offering: 10-week workshop series)

    Join other Thriving women in a small, supportive group exploring your personal employment goals and vision for the future, including follow-up mentoring to address specific needs and areas of concern. You will learn how to build an effective resume and write an effective cover letter. The group will practice interviewing, learn job search skills, and start networking to learn from potential employers.

    Offered Wednesday afternoons, 2-4 p.m., March 28-June 6 (excluding April 18) at The Brookline Center. See sidebar for registration information. 

  • Healthy Eating and Cooking (Current offering: 10-week workshop series) 

    *Please note that a full 10-week commitment is required to take this workshop.

    Go healthy and learn the latest data on nutritious eating in this small, supportive group. Learn the nutritional value of foods, plan meals, and go shopping at a supermarket with other Thriving women. You’ll try nutritious and delicious recipes and watch as a local chef prepares a meal for you in front of your eyes. Your biggest surprise will be how many of your old, unhealthy eating habits will change by the end of this workshop!

    Offered Thursday mornings, 9:30-11:30 a.m., March 29 – June 7, in the Denny Room at the Brookline Health Department on 11 Pierce Street. For more information or to sign up, contact Misti Jaynes, Thriving Community Liaison, or Ann Brackett.
  • Gardening Joys Together (Current offering: 3-week workshop and through the summer)

    Join other Thriving women in learning the essentials of vegetable and flower gardening, then plan and plant our two community gardens, Webster Street and Lawton Garden. Together, we will help the gardens grow over the summer and, in the fall, share in the joy of the harvest — last year, it was a challenge to give it all away!

    The first meetings are Fridays at 3 p.m., April 6, 13, and 27, in the Brookline Community Foundation Conference Room, 40 Webster Place, Brookline. For further information and to sign up, contact Misti Jaynes, Thriving Community Liaison, or call (857) 247-6253.

  • Art Journey to Healing (Current offering)

    A group using art as a therapeutic tool to heal. This group is free for women with limited income in Brookline.

    Offered Monday afternoons, 1-2:30 p.m., April 9-June 4, at the Brookline Arts Center, 86 Monmouth Street, Brookline. Please contact Megan Smith to register or call (617) 608-7019.

  • Telling Your Story (Current offering)

    A small group of women sharing an adventure in telling their own stories — writing and sharing with support from two excellent writing instructors.

    Offered May 2-June 6, 6-7:30 pm at Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) — 46 Tappan Street in Brookline.

  • Reading and Writing Poetry (Current offering)

    Join other Thriving Women in a small, supportive group with Brookline’s first Poet Laureate, Judith Steinbergh.

    Offered Tuesday mornings, 9:30-11:30 a.m., May 15-29 at The Brookline Center. See sidebar for registration information. 

  • Public Speaking with Toastmasters International (Current offering)

    Join other Thriving women in a small, supportive group to improve your public speaking in the capable hands of Toastmasters International.

    Offered Tuesday evenings, 5-7 p.m., May 29-June 19 at The Brookline Center. See sidebar for registration information. 

  • Zumba with Emily (Current offering)

    Come join Emily’s dance fitness party for all levels of experience. Great music and fun, easy-to-follow steps will have you sweating, smiling, and burning calories all at the same time!

    Offered Thursday evenings May 10-June 7, 6-6:45 p.m. at 22 High Street Community Room and from 7-7:45 at Trustman Community Room.

  • Shake your Soul Dance with Marcia (Current offering)

    Free your body, mind, and spirit and get energized by the rhythms of dynamic music! Suitable for all levels of fitness, flexibility, and dance experience. De-stress, recharge, renew, and relax!

    Offered Mondays,  6-7:00 p.m., at two locations:

    • Trustman: March 12, 19, and 26 and
    • 22 High Street: April 2, 9, and 23.

    For further information and to sign up, contact Misti Jaynes, Thriving Community Liaison, or call (857) 247-6253.

Leadership Opportunities

Thriving is committed to engaging more and more women and girls with limited income in leadership development opportunities such as: co-facilitation of summits, Listening and Learning Dinners, and film screenings; co-facilitation of workshop series and Working Groups; taking the lead in projects, e.g., editing of film project; planning Dinner agendas; and seeking donations for fundraising. We have also begun creating leadership pathways—specially created, paid leadership opportunities matching interests and talents, e.g., Community Liaison, Evaluation Assistant, Latina Outreach Coordinator.

Community Activities

“Thriving Together Garden” Project (spring and summer)

This gardening group plans, nurtures, and harvests healthy food in a local garden. The group also takes field trips to gardening shows, lectures, and demonstrations.

“Listening and Learning Dinners”

Local churches and restaurants provide food and space for monthly free dinners and programs for women with limited income as well as service providers and other women from the community. They offer critical time for relationship building, socializing, and learning together. Sample topics of discussion are healthy eating, ways to save money on food, positive thinking, and the power of friendship. The Dinners also offer the opportunity for women to learn about other Thriving opportunities available to them.