Partners & Working Groups
People and organizations collaborating to enhance the lives of women and girls with limited income.
Thriving uses a “Collective Impact” framework to create a collaborative initiative that engages low-income women and girls, along with interested individuals and local agencies, organizations, and businesses. Together, this inclusive group builds resiliency, nurtures leadership, and creates opportunities for shared learning and community. Thriving strengthens the fabric of the whole community by collaborating for action in support of women and girls with limited income.
Thriving increases its collective impact when people throughout the community take part and take on leadership roles. Women and girls with low incomes are invited to sign up for free workshop series and other activities or to join or lead a Working Group. Those who live and work in local communities are invited to volunteer, offer ideas, and help plan activities as a member of one of Thriving’s Working Groups, or donate to sustain this effort.
Our five Working Groups focus on identified challenges faced by women and girls with low incomes in Brookline and other nearby communities. Some of these women co-lead the groups, each of which includes a mix of local organizations, businesses, and agencies, interested citizens, and women facing financial difficulties. Each group works together to deepen needs and assets assessment as appropriate, develop plans for expansion or improvement of existing services and opportunities, and develop innovative, cross-sector prototype resources, services, and activities. The Working Groups are:
Access and Information Sharing.
This group maintains and promotes The Brookline Thrive Guide. Over the years, it has led informational Lunch and Learn Sessions for Brookline town employees and residents, and has collaborated with the Brookline Housing Authority, Health Department, Office of Diversity, and Council on Aging, to provide technology learning opportunities, develop our employment portal, and provide transportation to the Listening and Learning Dinners.
Education, Training, and Employment.
This group designed and supported the “Women Moving Forward” video project, including local screenings of this video made by women for women. Also coming out of this group is the “Preparing for Employment” workshop series as well as the beginnings of a multi-faceted Women’s Employment Network.
Expressive and Healing Arts, [To be edited.]
which supports the “Women Healing and Thriving Community Arts Series” as well as pop-up arts activities in public housing.
Healthy Food and Lifestyle, [To be edited.]
which supports the “Thriving Together Garden” Project, Listening and Learning dinners, “Eat to Feel Great!” workshop series, yoga classes, and fitness classes in public housing.
Safety and Healthy Relationships[To be edited.],
which developed and distributes our Brookline safety resource materials and supports the “Empowered Girl Leaders Building Healthy Relationships” series for teen girls in public housing.