|Progressionista Book Club|
Where girls read for fun
We had the fun opportunity of learning how to be personal chefs!Just in time for Thanksgiving, we made our own gourmet turkey wraps, learned about kitchen safety and sanitation, and how to deal with clients as a professional chef! Our new read is Junie B. Jones' Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten by Barbara Park.
Our November 2017 progresssionista is Shanel Dewalt, head chef and owner of Divine Indulgence Personal Chef Services LLC. Her incredible story of how cooking gave her joy even during dark times and her journey toward being a professional chef was super inspiring! We're so excited to know how to make a new dish and know what it takes to be a chef!
During this month's book club, we became child care experts!We had a crash course on how to operate a day care center while participating in a "baby changing" relay race to learn about the ins and outs of taking care of a baby while having a blast. Our October read is Gabby Duran and the Unsittables by Elise Allen, a book that weaves together hilariously fun themes about babysitting and childcare.
Our October 2017 progresssionista is Kimberly Baker Waldon, owner of Nurturing Nest-- a child care center in Detroit. She has an amazing journey from building her at-home daycare into a fully functioning childcare center on the city's westside. She shared many amazing tips and steps to taking care of children and showed girls that they too can have a future in childcare from babysitting to being an childcare owner like herself!
We kicked off the fourth year of Progressionista on a positive note! We learned about the importance of living a positive life from an incredible wellness coach and meditation expert. After participating in a meditation, the girls wrote affirmations on meditation pillows to take home. Our September read is Inside Out: Driven By Emotions-- and will inspire them even further to understand their emotional behaviors.
Our September 2017 progresssionista is Toni Jones, founder of WifeComma-- a wellness literacy brand for women. She dedicated her life to teaching women to "style their minds" through meditation coaching , mentorship, and powerful speaking engagements. We learned so much about our emotions and having a positive life through her story and can't wait to put what she taught us to use!
Progressionista wrapped up our third year of inspiring girls to read their way to becoming powerful women! Our annual tea party featured author of No Matter What and mompreneur Jasmine Bonner.
We celebrated our last book club meeting of the year with a fun game of Progressionista Jeopardy! We answered questions about all of our books and speakers this year. It was amazing to see how much we've learned and retained!
For the rest of the meeting, we had a fun-filled game day equipped with board games and the girls' favorite...homemade slime! What a cool way to end such an awesome year.
The Need for Women Who Read
One of Progressionista's principles is, "Women Who Read, Lead." Our Women Who Read campaign honors the many phenomenal women who have read their way to the top.
Whether it's our Progressionista speakers who inspire our participants to read or the celebrity women like Oprah Winfrey who credit books to their success— women who read are changing the world each day. You can help us show Detroit girls how reading for leisure leads to life's greatest joys in three ways during the month of May!
Support the work of Progressionista by donating to our Generosity Campaign. Your generous donation will help us continue to inspire girls to become Women Who Read! You can donate now until Saturday, May 13th! Help us help girls see the possibilities in life through our book club.
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Calling all #WomenWhoRead on social media!
Answer: What book has made you into the woman you are today?
Upload a pic of the book or anything related to the book and tag us! On every Wednesday of the month, we will repost our favorite posts!
We know how much books mean to so many women around the world, especially women leaders! The last week of May, we will be launching our Women Who Read, Lead tees! Wear a message that will not only show your love of books but inspire every girl who looks in your direction to read as well.
Stay tuned on how you can purchase yours!
Our April 2017 meeting featured a real live ice princess! We talked about figure skating with a professional synchronized skater, watched her performances, and made our own ribbon wands! Our April read is Dork Diaries' Tales from a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess.
The April 2017 progressionista is Donae Poe, professional figure skater. She has skated for over 20 years and has competed professionally with Team USA all over the country and world. We were so fortunate to learn about her journey and hard work.
At the March 2017 book club meeting we were dentists for the day! We learned how to do impressions, drilled out cavities on a cool tooth model and did mock fill-ins! Our February read Smile by Raina Telgemeir.
The March 2017 progressionista is Dr. Tiffani McElrath, dentist and passionate community servant! She not only changes lives through transforming people's teeth but goes out into the community and shares the importance of dental health.
At the February 2017 book club meeting we learned how to love ourselves-- naturally! We made our own leave in conditioners from scratch while listening to a natural hair guru give us tips on having a natural hair routine. Our February read is Ever After High: Truth or Hair (A School Story) by Suzanne Selfors.
The February progressionista is Micalyn Foreman, digital strategist and natural hair expert! Her popular Youtube channel LoveNaturally is filled with natural hair tutorials, inspirational videos, and amazing content.
At the January 2017 book club meeting we became crime scene investigators. We learned first-hand how to look for clues on a crime scene, dust for fingerprints, and how all of our unique fingerprints are created! This month's read is 10 True Tales of Crime Scene Investigators by Allan Zulle.
The January progressionista is Paris Johnson, forensic technician for the Detroit Police Department. Her tenacity after getting a degree in Biology led her to study Forensic Science and gaining experience that led to her dream job!
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