|Progressionista Book Club|
Where girls read for fun
Asia is an experienced IT professional who talks with us about the important role technology had during this pandemic! She inspires us to consider careers in technology and shares how important it is for her to be an example for other women and people of color.
We honor her as an #essentialwoman and we are so excited to have her as our April progressionista!
Our April book experience boxes include technology treats like blue light glasses to protect our girls' eyes, a wireless mouse, a galaxy marble mouse pad, and headphones! Also, it included a techy new fiction read Click'd by Tamara Ireland Stone!
Brittany's company Black Girl MATHgic is saving the day during the pandemic! With so many girls at home, her exceptional boxes sent to their doorstep is offering them confidence with learning and joy with screen-free activities.
As our March 2021 Progressionsta, Brittany not only shared her wisdom with us but also gifted every girl in Progressionista a Black Girl MATHgic box! We honor her for being an #essentialwoman-- and for giving us the gift of Black Girl MATHgic. Our new read is Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of Katherine Johnson, a mathematician and pioneer. This book was included in the Black Girl MATHgic subscription box!
The girls' Book Experience Box this month, sponsored by Black Girl MATHgic, included math activities, games, reading tools like elegant bookmarks and a reading light, and so much more!
What happens when all of the salons are forced to close down? We can get creative and take care of our natural hair! That's why we knew natural hair care entrepreneurs, like Sarah Christina, Founder of Infinite Hair Growth were also essential women during the pandemic!
As our February 2021 Progressionsta, Sarah Christina teaches us how to embrace our beautiful curls and coils and inspires us to invent our own hair recipes! We honor her for being an #essentialwoman!
Our new read is Madam C.J. Walker Builds a Business by Rebel Girls, a special novel about the historic haircare entrepreneur whose name is also Sarah (like our Progressionista!).
The girls' Book Experience Box this month included a silk hair bonnet, satin scrunchies, wide tooth comb, and flexi rod rollers for some natural hair creativity! The girls will also put on their hair entrepreneur hat by completing an activity the helps them plan and advertise their own hair business idea!
We're excited about our January 2021 Progressionista, Yasmin, a Chronic Disease Specialist who works for the State of Michigan. Since the pandemic, she has been on the State's COVID Emergency Response Team, helping citizens stay home and stay safe!
We honor her for being an #essentialwoman and we're so grateful for her inspiring story!
Our new read is Love the Sky by Leslie Youngblood, a book about a girl whose life is seriously impacted by her little sister getting sick.
The girls' Book Experience Box this month included a DIY mask kit, PPE like personal hand sanitizer and extra masks, as well as a new journal and pen for our journaling self-care for the rest of the program year!
We are so excited to hear from our December 2020 Progressionista, Eboni, a passionate mental health advocate.
Eboni is not just a mental advocate but the owner of Evolving Still, a product and media company that focuses on self-love and mental health. With 2020 being such a challenging year, their is nothing more essential than taking care of our mental wellness. That's why we honor Eboni for being an #essentialwoman!
Our new read is Finding Perfect by Emily Swartz, about a girl learning to live with a mental illness.
The girls' Book Experience Box this month included self-care items like a facial spin brush, face mask, comfy socks and materials to write a letter to themselves.
We are so excited to hear from our November 2020 Progressionista, Ryen, a delightful teacher!
Ms. Ryen has been innovating her way through teaching in-person and virtually during this year's pandemic. In her interview, she offers our girls expert advice on learning at home and staying motivated during this pandemic. We honor her for being an #essentialwoman!
Our new read is All of the Answers by Kate Messner, where a super unique pencil takes a student on one fun r
The girls' Book Experience Box this month included a chalkboard, colorful chalk, teacher-approved stickers, and school supplies.
We are so excited to hear from our October 2020 Progressionista, Taylor, an inspiring nurse!
Though she is primarily a pediatric nurse, the COVID-19 pandemic pushed her into working with adult patients as well. We honor her for being an #essentialwoman!
Our new read is The Midnight Gang by Daniel Walliams, an adventurous book about a one-of-a-kind hospital midnight shift staff. The girls' Book Experience Box this month included a stethoscope, nurse clipboard with pulse tracking sheet, and some fun sweet treats!
We officially launched Progressionista Home. Watch our first video of our Progressionista, Akira. She's an essential woman and mail carrier who we admire!
Each girl received a Book Experience Box with a mailing activity and the book From the Front Desk of Zoe Washington.
We are so excited to launch this program in a new and exciting way!
What a year has 2020 been for all of us! Despite its challenges, this is the first time many of our girls have been able to explore the beauty of home.
That's why, we are so happy to share our vision for our seventh program year:
We're bringing the inspiration and joy of Progressionista to each girl's house.
Here is what we will do:
SHARE A STORY!
High-quality videos with Progressionistas sharing their story will be produced and sent to girls enrolled in program monthly.
DELIVER A BOOK EXPERIENCE!
Boxes highlighting the Progressionista will include a book and activity related to her career and safely be distributed to doorsteps,
BUILD SISTERHOOD THROUGH WRITING
To foster sisterhood, Progressionista Home will include a pen pal program where girls can write letters to each other with all of the supplies needed in each monthly box.
Ready to begin turning the pages while propped up on your own pillows? Sign up (or your daughter up!) here.
A special thank you to the Detroit Public Library Foundation for sponsoring us this school year.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, our March 2020 meetings at all of our locations are canceled. We miss you! Here's something you can do during our time away from each other.
Progressionista Book Club
A book club program for girls ages 8-12 that features a woman professional each meeting who mirrors a character out of the next read.
a woman who progresses in life through a love of reading