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:

  • Healthy Cooking Together At BU

    Offered Tuesday evenings, 7-9 p.m., September 25, October 16, November 13, and December 4 at Sargent College Room 610, Boston University (635 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston). See sidebar for registration information. 

  • Surviving And Thriving Extension Series

    Offered Monday mornings, 9:30-11:30 a.m., October 15, 29, November 12, and November 19 at The Brookline Center. See sidebar for registration information. 

  • Surviving And Thriving For Spanish Speakers

    Offered Monday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m., October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 26, December 3, 10 at the Highrock Office (39 Harvard Street, 2nd floor, Brookline). For more information or to sign up, contact Ginny Vaz.
  • Preparing For Employment

    Offered Wednesday afternoons, 3-5 p.m., October 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 28, December 5, 12 at The Brookline Center. See sidebar for registration information. 

  • Qigong Fitness Workshops

    Offered Tuesdays at 6 p.m. November 6, 20, 27, December 4, 11 at the 22 High Street Community Room; or Fridays at 9 a.m. November 2, 9, 16, 30,  December 7, 14 at the Trustman Community Room. For more information or to sign up, contact Misti Jaynes.

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.