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Girls Garage

Fear Less. Build More.

BERKELEY, CA   |  www.girlsgarage.org

Mission

Girls Garage is a nonprofit design and building program and dedicated workspace for girls and female-identifying youth ages 9-18. Girls Garage is the first design and building workshop for female youth in the United States. Through after-school and summer pathways, Girls Garage provides free and low-cost programs in carpentry, welding, architecture, engineering, and activist art to a diverse community of 200 girls per year. Integrating technical skills, college/career guidance, and community leadership, our programs equip girls the tools to build the world they want to see. In our workshop in Berkeley and under the guidance of our highly skilled all-female staff, we invite girls to bring their creative voice and put them to work on real-world building projects that live in our community.

Ruling year info

2008

Principal Officer

Emily Pilloton

Main address

2080 2nd Street

BERKELEY, CA 94710 USA

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EIN

26-1703034

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Youth Development Programs (O50)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Vocational Technical (B30)

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Young Women's Design and Building Institute

The Young Women’s Design and Building Institute is an immersive week-long design/build experience for 9th-12th grade girls. The program brings together diverse cohorts of teen girls to design and build a real-world project for a local nonprofit client over the course of just five days. Previous projects have included furniture for a local women’s shelter, sandboxes and wind sculptures for local preschools, and more. As part of this program, girls will learn and hone creative and vocational STEM skills, from carpentry and welding to applied math, screen printing, and architectural drafting.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adolescents

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WEEK-LONG SUMMER CAMP 2020
BUILDER BOOTCAMP (9-13 YEAR OLDS)
Over a week-long “bootcamp for builders” experience, girls will design and build projects to take home as well as projects responding to real-world challenges. Along the way, girls will learn skills in carpentry, graphic design, metalwork, collaboration, and teamwork. The program challenges girls to use power tools and work together to build projects for a local nonprofit client.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

This fall, our Protest + Print class will use hand-drawing, screenprinting, and/or wheat-pasting methods to design and install a large-scale activist art project in our neighborhood. Girls will work together to identify a common theme, design graphics individually and collectively, and install work using industry-standard printmaking media. Instructors will help lead group and individual conversations about pressing issues that impact us, and help translate this conversation, hope, anger, and curiosity into a large-scale work in public space.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

Welding: Let’s fuse metal and make sparks fly! In this 8-week course, girls will experiment with MIG welding and related steel work (cutting, filing, finishing), practice multiple types of welds, and work on welded steel projects to take home and use for years to come!

Carpentry: Girl power and power tools! In this wood class, girls will learn proper technique and practice useful applications of the most common power tools. From drills and drivers to chop saws, jigsaws, sanders, measurement and layout devices, and more, we will use power tools to build personal projects to take home.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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Girls Garage

Board of directors
as of 08/28/2023
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Board chair

Emily Pilloton

Sarah Rich

Stephanie Mechura

Veleta Allen