An example of one of the many amazing partners we get to work with at Girls at Work, Inc. is Zebra Crossings, a program that provides enrichment programs for children with chronic health conditions. Girls at Work, Inc. partners with many social service agencies throughout New England to work with girls and empower them through building. Overcoming their fear of power tools and building something with their own hands leaves girls feeling powerful, strong and capable.
We travel to sites in our truck, which is equipped with everything the girls will need to build for a day – or several days. All we require is an overhead structure to keep us dry, a power source, and girls who are ready to tap into their own inner power.
Zebra Crossings is a place where kids with chronic health conditions can learn what they are capable of achieving and how to live life to the fullest. It’s amazing to see some of what these girls struggle with, from partial paralysis to seizures. But don’t think for a second that illness prevents them from being determined to master each power tool!
Recently Zebra Crossings participants were introduced to the game of “carpetball.” Carpetball is a game that uses billiard balls and a special table with a big pocket at each end. Players throw the balls and try to be the first to knock all of their opponents’ balls into the opposite pocket. The game was a big hit and the girls asked if they could build their own version of a carpetball table this summer.
Put together safety glasses, lumber, screws, tape measures, cordless drills, palm sanders, speed squares, a mitre saw, and a bunch of young girls with focus, determination and lots of teamwork, and the end result is a wonderful new carpetball game. An even better outcome is a group of girls who feel powerful, skilled, smart and strong. When the parents arrived to pick up their little builders later that day, they were thrilled to see the new game – many even asked if they could rent it this summer! Hearing positive and encouraging comments from parents only fueled the fire of empowerment for these girls.
Girls at Work, Inc. is a non-profit organization that offers our services to organizations that work with girls from group homes, low-income families, with incarcerated parents or parents in rehab. (While our focus is at-risk girls we don’t turn anyone away.) We also work to build partnerships with youth organizations that focus on girls at risk. We rely on funding and sponsorships to help subsidize the cost of our program. Please consider donating to our cause!