|Progressionista Book Club
Where girls read for fun
Our Progressionista was Victoria, a multimedia journalist, who taught us about what makes a good reporting story.
Our project was to create our own story based on a scenario that happened at the library. We then had to present our news coverage to the group on our station "PBC TV"
Our monthly read is The Renegade Reporter by Elissa Brent Weissman.
Our Progressionista was Victoria, an experienced watercolor painter, she taught us about her career and business in art and how it can also be a tool for mindfulness!
Our project was a watercolor painting meditation while listening to piano music and dimming the library lights.
Our monthly read was the graphic novel Primer, about a woman who uses body paint to activate her powers.
Our Progressionista was Taylor, a real estate agent. She taught us about her all of the love and care that goes into helping people find their dream homes.
Our project was a challenging cookie home to teach us how hard but rewarding it is to get the home we love.
Our monthly read was A Song Called Home by Sara Zarr.
After two years of Progressionista Home, we are excited to gather back in person. Girls will enjoy each others smiling faces at Detroit Public Library Branch in January! We can't to show all what we explore together.
Last program year, we developed Progressionista Home - an interactive at-home book club program that includes monthly boxes with books and projects as well as virtual meetings with diverse career women!
We are excited to do this for a second year and take it to the next level. Girls who are accepted into the program can expect:
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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.
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