Because at the end of the day, we're all in this together.

We believe that an important part of being a Grownup is giving back, whether to your local community, a national organization, or your next-door neighbor.

Past Projects


  • Girl Develop It May 2015

    Society of Grownups team member Alicia Sedlock knows it's no secret that there's an imbalance of diversity in the tech world. “This has many facets… read more

    An organization that focuses on getting more women into the tech sector

    May 2017

    Society of Grownups team member Alicia Sedlock knows it's no secret that there's an imbalance of diversity in the tech world.

    “This has many facets to it, but the one that has affected me during my career is the lack of women in technology. You can read some statistics about the situation here. I've been fortunate enough to have very supportive mentors throughout my career, who have helped me gain confidence in my programming abilities. I wanted to be able to continue the spread of knowledge any way I could. After a lot of consideration and research, I stumbled upon the Boston chapter of Girl Develop It.

    Girl Develop It is a non-profit organization that aims to offer a judgment-free space for women to learn how to code. I reached out on a whim to chapter leaders Elizabeth Long, Laura Vecchio, and Annette Arabasz, asking if there was any way I could become involved in the organization. I ended up being a teaching assistant for an Introduction to Javascript class. I met women from a variety of backgrounds and with a wide range of goals, such as wanting to make a big career switch into tech.”

    “There's a certain type of frustration that comes with programming, and not being able to figure out a particular problem that leads you into a circle of self-doubt. But there's also a certain type of happiness that comes from finally figuring out said problem. Being able to witness that transition while students wrapped their heads around Javascript was, to my surprise, very moving. It was also great to see students get excited about building things after the class was over. If my involvement was able to get even one student their dream job in the tech world, then every amount of effort would be worth it.

    My involvement with GDI has now grown, as I help teach, assist, and organize classes, and help plan the class calendar. The GDI presence in Boston has also grown substantially. We were even invited to meet a group of international delegates through the International Visitor Leadership Program to discuss the challenges and successes GDI has had in our mission, and how to help women get into tech on an international level. This was a MASSIVE honor and a wonderful learning experience.”

    - Alicia, Society of Grownups

    The group is offering a wider variety of classes this year on web development, app development, UX and design.

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  • Walk a Mile in Her Shoes May 2015

    On Sunday, April 12th, Society of Grownups team members Dan Luria, Andrew Pucci, Michael Pelletier, Christopher Michon, Floyd Miller, and Howie… read more

    The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence

    May 2017

    On Sunday, April 12th, Society of Grownups team members Dan Luria, Andrew Pucci, Michael Pelletier, Christopher Michon, Floyd Miller, and Howie Rosenblatt joined in Brookline's first annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes march.

    "I'm so glad I participated. It started out as a fun idea, putting guys in heels and having them walk around awkwardly. But when we arrived at the event, I began to realize the real impact we were having... Hearing the mother of the woman who was killed by a domestic assault was really touching; it spoke to the larger need for men to actually use their voice and address this issue within the wider male culture. While I'm sure many people came to gawk at these guys stumbling in heels, I really hope it even started a conversation amongst men about the daily lives of women and how can we serve as examples to other men about treating them with respect and dignity."

    - Floyd, Society of Grownups

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  • PEN American Prison Writing Program Aug 2015

    Society of Grownups team member Dianna Sawyer believes in the restorative and rehabilitative power of the written word. “Ever since I discovered -… read more

    The World’s Leading International Literary and Human Rights Organization

    Aug 2017

    Society of Grownups team member Dianna Sawyer believes in the restorative and rehabilitative power of the written word.

    “Ever since I discovered - at a very young age - that I loved writing, I've continually sought out ways to find writing communities. Whether it was my writing classes in college, my MFA program in creative writing, local writing workshops, or teaching writing to all levels from middle school up to adult learners, it's been important to me to stay connected to people who share my passion.

    Last year, I discovered a way to get involved with writers who have struggled to find an artistic community of their own: inmates. The PEN American Prison Writing Program pairs up active writers with people in prison who want to keep up their craft. As a writing mentor I am responsible for editing stories and essays written by my mentee - but I also get the chance to connect with people I otherwise never would. We connect over writing, and by simply being humans in contact with each other - I've been able to recommend books, talk about music, and get to know the person behind the label of "prisoner," an empowering experience for both mentor and mentee.

    Through the program, incarcerated men and women also have the opportunity to receive professional writing guides, enter an annual writing contest, and have their work featured on the PEN website. It opens up a whole new world of writing to people who many would have otherwise forgotten.

    It doesn't matter why the person is in prison, or for how long - all that matters is that he or she has an expressed interest in writing, and that there's an available mentor. I recently got paired up with my next mentee; I can't wait to see what he's working on, and to welcome another person into the community of writers.”

    - Dianna, Society of Grownups

    Consisting of more than seventy mentors working with close to one hundred inmates, PEN's Mentor Program continues to be the most interactive and engaging project in the Prison Writing Program.

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  • Boston River Run Dec 2015

    On Sunday, November 8th, Society of Grownups team members Karen Carr, Amy Chenault, Monica Hirst, and Julianne Jensen joined in the 4th Annual… read more

    The Boston River Run 5K endows scholarships to Massachusetts Community Colleges in honor of Corporal Andrew Graham Narcus.

    Dec 2017

    On Sunday, November 8th, Society of Grownups team members Karen Carr, Amy Chenault, Monica Hirst, and Julianne Jensen joined in the 4th Annual Boston River Run 5K Fundraiser.

    This year, the goal of the Boston River Run was to raise money for a Bunker Hill Community College scholarship. This endowment is in honor of Corporal Andrew Graham Narcus, a U.S. Marine from Sudbury, Massachusetts. There was more than 1,000 people in attendance, including runners, volunteers, and sponsors.

    This was the first time Society of Grownups sponsored a 5K charity event, and it was a lot of fun. We had a booth along the three-mile course, giving us a great view of the race, as well as the beautiful Charles River.

    People of all ages attended—students, families with young children, and serious runners, all running together for a great cause. We had the chance to meet and talk to them, hear what they had to say about “being a Grownup”, and hand out some candy and hot cider. There was so much great energy; it was contagious!

    - Juli, Society of Grownups

    Interested in learning more about the Boston River Run or the Andrew Graham Semper Fi Fund? Learn more here.

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