(506) 642-9033 | 133 Prince Edward Street, Saint John

Our Work

POWER UP! is a FREE 10 week leadership empowerment training program designed to help women take their next step in life.  This may be to employment, to further training and education or to becoming more active in their community.  POWER UP! will help participants to set personal goals, gain or enhance existing skills, work with others in a group learning environment, strengthen their voice, learn how to problem solve, learn team building and become a leader.   The program is offered 3 times per year with an intake in September, January and April.  Potential applicants can apply for POWER UP! at 116 Coburg Street, Saint John, NB or click on application below.
The program is held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week for 10 weeks from  10:00 am. to 3:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Community Health Center. Lunch and a light breakfast are included.  For more information about the program or to find out when the next POWER UP! program is to be offered contact Brenda Murphy, Coordinator at 642-9033 or Vicki Cosgrove, Program Developer/Facilitator at 632-5706.

The United Way SJ created audio stories for four of our women who have taken the "POWER UP!" program. Listen to their stories below.

Learn & Go – Working for Change, is a leadership capacity building program aimed at providing residents of Saint John’s six priority neighbourhoods with the skills and opportunities to facilitate social, political, and economic change.  This unique program is offered once each year and is divided into three phases.  In phase one, a series of workshops are offered to participants that focus on teamwork, leadership, social media, communication and pitching an idea. The second phase involves establishing teams of participants from each neighbourhood/geographic area and putting their skills into action by developing specific community projects with the support of mentors drawn from the community – business (ex. Irving Oil), government (ex. The City of Saint John and the Department of Social Development), non-profit organizations, and past Learn & Go participants.  The third phase provides an opportunity where teams can present their project ideas to potential partners and funders in hopes of advancing their initiatives.  Learn & Go usually takes eight weeks for all three phases and an additional couple of weeks beforehand to organize, recruit and interview.  

Some of the projects that have been developed and implemented over the past few years are fencing around a hydro tower in Anglin Drive; traffic calming measures in Crescent Valley and Waterloo Village; repairing a set of stairs in the Old North End; adding a bus stop in the lower West side and adding ashtrays to hydro poles in areas of the South End.  

For more information on the next program, please contact  Brenda Murphy at 642-9033.

Poverty Workshops and Train the Trainer
Our poverty workshop can be offered to groups with as few as six participants and a maximum of 50.  We have also designed workshops specific to larger audiences of more than 250 people.  The workshop has been designed and is facilitated by women with lived experience and takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete.  In addition, we have provided training to groups outside of our community who would like to offer the poverty workshop in their area.  For a reasonable cost, we will provide workshop materials and training.  We also provide regular training sessions for low income women who want to become part of our facilitation team.  

To book a workshop or for more information, please contact Brenda Murphy at 642-9033.