Girls at Work, Inc. empowers at-risk girls in New Hampshire and throughout New England by teaching them woodworking skills and how to safely use power tools to build with a team of girls. We help them discover their inner power tools of strength and courage, tools that many will need to survive their challenging situations. So many of the girls we work with face neglect, abandonment and abuse in their lives. Our program lifts their spirits and shows them how powerful, strong and smart they really are!
Only a handful of the girls we meet have had the opportunity to learn how to use power tools safely. We pride ourselves in providing girls with a safe and supportive environment to step out of their comfort zone and to build with other girls. Not only do they discover how capable they are, they also discover how exciting it is to work as part of a team toward a common goal.
Girls at Work can bring our program to your location, setting up a workshop on site, and we also offer classes in our own woodshop in New Boston, NH. We provide customized projects based on the needs of each organization or camp. For example, Girls at Work might spend several days at a camp building an entire shed, while another organization may prefer a one day program to build two picnic tables. Girls at Work has built raised beds, benches, picnic tables, chairs, bookcases, tables, bird houses, bat houses, a tennis wall, several sheds, window boxes, storage bins and lockers (and there are probably projects we are forgetting to mention!) Your organization will choose the project and determine the number of girls who will build with us and Girls at Work will provide the rest–tools, supplies and instruction.
It is the mission of Girls at Work to offer programs to at-risk girls in New Hampshire and throughout New England. We actively seek funding and sponsorships to help subsidize the cost of our program to organizations that work with girls from group homes, families of low income, girls with incarcerated parents or parents in rehab, and we work to build partnerships with youth organizations that focus on girls at risk.
“I am blown away by the impact this program has on the girls served. I believe that all girls should have the chance to participate and find voice, confidence and success in this program.”
- Nancy Frankel, Girls Scout camp director and board member of the national board of directors of the American Camp Association