Self-Esteem and Wellness

From free dental and vision exams to mammograms to wellness workshops, NOSW makes sure each woman in the program takes care of her body's needs.

Arts, Culture, and Community

From classes on Appalachian literature and creative writing to group activities like quilt-making, Appalachian arts and culture are a core component of the residency.

Career and Education

We're here to help equip you with the tools you need to take the next step in your employment journey with our career-centered classes and short-term internship.

Welcome To The New Opportunity School for Women!

For three decades, the New Opportunity School for Women, Inc. has been equipping low-income Appalachian women with the knowledge and support they need to build a fulfilling life for themselves, their families,and their communities.

Our Programs


Non-Residential Program

The three-day program focuses heavily on recovering a sense of self worth, cultivating a network of support, discovering your goals and taking small steps to achieve them.



The two-week residential program equips participants to define, pursue, and achieve their dreams of success. Women's lives have been transformed by the unique curriculum since 1987.







Upcoming Events

6:00-8:00   Spotlight Theatre

Graduate Reunion

This year's reunion will be hosted at the Spotlight Theatre in Berea, Kentucky. We will be hosting a reception at 6:00 PM, including our awards ceremony, and then watching a local theatre production that starts at 7:00 PM. We will have limited seats, and you must RSVP. 


Call the office to RSVP by September 21st!


Varies  Berea, KY

Festival of Trees

Join us as we celebrate 31 years of programming with our end of the year Festival of Trees. Our largest fundraiser of the year presents community members a time to come and bid on beautifully decorated trees, take pictures with Santa, or buy from a variety of local artisans and vendors. 


Learn more about Festival of Trees here!

Varies    Berea, KY

November Residential Session

We have moved our second residential session to November! This two week residential session is jam packed with classes about self-esteem, integrative health and wellness, creative expression, and so much more. Women who complete this two week program are elligble for participation in future reunions, retreats, and have the ability to apply for educational and dental scholarships!


Do you have any questions?

feel free to contact us!