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.

Examples of past series include:

  • “Surviving and Thriving” Workshop Series (8 weeks)

    Now in its seventh year, Surviving and Thriving offers Brookline women with limited income a safe group space in which to share their struggles and develop practical, essential skills to meet challenges they face. Topics covered are: stress management, problem solving/action planning, using positive ‘self-talk’, assertiveness skills, managing difficult relationships and accessing community resources for themselves and their families. A Spanish/English version of Surviving and Thriving is planned for Fall 2017. To learn more, please email Andrea Johnson or call (617) 277-8107.

  • “Eat to Feel Great!” Workshop Series (10 weeks)

    Adapting “Savory Living” videos, materials, and recipes to an in-person group learning experience, women explore healthy nutrition and cooking. This series is especially designed for women with chronic health issues such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

  • “Cook to Feel Great” Classes (Periodic)

    Provided by the Boston University Rotaract Club, these healthy cooking classes for women and kids take place at BU.

  • “Fitness Moving Forward” (8 weeks)

    A certified Personal Trainer leads this strength-building program in Brookline public housing facilities.

  • “Women Moving Forward” Video Project (16 weeks)

    Women train in videography, sound, lighting, and film editing. Then together they create a short film—by women, for women—addressing the challenges faced by women with limited income who are working to establish a career. Past participants have conducted community screenings and discussions in order to build awareness and reduce isolation among low income women through shared storytelling.

  • “Women Healing and Thriving” Community Art Workshop Series (8 weeks)

    This popular series engages women to explore and express themselves through a variety of artistic media, including painting and sculpture. Future plans include creation of a community art project.

  • “Meditation and Writing” Workshop Series (6 weeks)

    Women explore a variety of meditation strategies, then use these and writing exercises for personal growth.

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.