Our summer 2020 program looked a little different than normal. Because of COVID-19, our no-cost Young Women’s Design and Building Institute moved to a virtual format with girls building modular shelves for a food pantry and chairs from their own homes. In order to equip participants with all the tools they would otherwise be able to access here at Girls Garage, we curated and assembled a physical toolbox for each girl, stocked with 20+ essential tools. Even after girls successfully built their chair and shelf module, they kept on building beyond the program, fixing things in their own homes and constructing useful furnishings for their families, including planter boxes and a bench.
From the constraints of our 2020 programming came a discovery that has inspired a program-wide expansion for 2021. With the Fearless100 campaign, we are committing to provide 100 teen girls with their own toolbox, at no cost, to keep for life.
We need your help to equip our girls with this robust toolbox! Your support will help us provide a drill/driver set, saw, tape measure, sanding sponge, clamps, speed square, wood burner, hardware, and more! Each girl will receive their own set of tools to keep, which not only provides the equipment they need to build and repair, but also gives them a sense of independence and bravery. Our priority will be to offer toolboxes to the teen girls participating in our free programs in 2021, with surplus toolboxes provided to girls by application, with preference given to girls from under-resourced communities and schools.