|Progressionista Book Club|
Where girls read for fun
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.
We BLOSSOMED at this book club meeting. We heard from our Progressionista, Sonia Turner, founder of Words and Blossoms, and learned all about calligraphy and floral arrangements! We created our own calligraphy on chalkboards and designed our own floral arrangements. The best part is we are all set to start reading Blooming by Kimberly Willis Holt!
We are amped for college after this meeting! CEO of Quad College Advising and attorney, Emphani Aldridge, was our Progressionista and she shared the ultimate college prep gems. After hearing from her, the girls worked with our Blue Crew and some college resource books to research the college perfect for them. Afterwards, they designed college announcement posters!!!! What an amazing way to start our next book Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown!
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