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

24/7  Online
November - December

GoodGiving Challenge

Want to help support the mission of the New Opportunity School for Women, but missed out or got outbid at the Festival of Trees? Don't worry, you still can! We are happy to announce that we will be taking part in the 2018 GoodGiving Challenge, hosted by the Blue Grass Community Foundation. Your donations can help us win even more money, through matches and grants.

Find out more, or donate, here!


Varies    Berea, KY
February - March

Winter Residential Session

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!