Girls Garage is a nonprofit design and building program and dedicated workspace for girls* and female-identifying youth ages 9-17.
Integrating design, architecture and engineering, vocational skills and social justice, our programs equip girls with a toolbox to build the world they want to see. Through after-school and summer pathways, Girls Garage invites girls to bring their creative voice, hopes and fears, and put them to work on real-world building projects that live in our community. Within our 3600-square foot workshop, we teach carpentry, woodworking, welding, screenprinting, architectural design, and engineering basics as vehicles to translate audacious ideas into tangible projects and achievable college and career pathways. Under the guidance of our highly-skilled all-female staff, girls wield power tools and fuse metal, while also engaging in the important socioemotional work of building the confidence, grit, and life skills necessary to be successful as female leaders. We seek to always provide a safe physical space in which girls can embody their full identities and connect their true selves to meaningful work in the world.
Founded in 2013, Girls Garage is the first design and building workshop for female youth in the United States.
*“Girls” refers to gender-expansive youth (cis girls, trans girls, non-binary youth, gender non-conforming youth, gender queer youth, and any girl-identified youth).