This year’s Fearless100 campaign celebrates Girls Garage’s commitment to equipping girls with the tools they need to build the world they want to see.
Tools change our relationship to the world around us; finding the right tool for the job is our first response when tackling a building or repair issue. And, coupled with grit and fearlessness, access to tools is critical for being able to shape our environment and fix what is broken. Particularly for young women, tools are a source of power to repair, build, and have authorship of our own world, fostering a mindset of strength and agency for our girls throughout their lives.
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.
Through our Fearless100 campaign, we will provide our 100 teen participants with their own stocked toolbox, at no cost, to support their building practice at home and into their future!
Each girl will receive their own set of tools to keep, which not only provides the equipment they need for a lifetime of building and repair, but also gives them a sense of independence and bravery. These toolboxes enable us to support girls during challenging transitions, when they aren't in our workspace, and beyond our programs. For the builder girl who is the go-to person for household fixes, she's equipped for the next repair. If we ever need to return to Zoom classes, girls will have the tools on-hand that they need to complete projects. And as girls graduate and go off to college or get their first apartment, they have the tools to be more self-sufficient.
After joining us for Young Women’s Design and Building Institute, Emilia said, "Receiving the toolbox was receiving power. A woman gives a girl a toolbox, and who knows what comes next?! Whatever it is, though, it's going to be great. I've always had tools to use at home, thanks to my dad, but it felt so empowering to have my own toolbox—a toolbox not just for building, but for changing the world."
More than ever, we are inspired and driven to equip the matriarchy, providing the tools they need to build their own worlds, and we need your help! Your support will help us provide a drill/driver set, saw, tape measure, hammer, clamps, speed square, hardware, and more! 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.
100% of our teen programs are free, thanks to the generosity of donors like you. Your commitment enables us to provide high-fidelity programs and personal toolboxes to teen girls who are shaping and reshaping the world they live in. Every year, Girls Garage is home to 100 teen girls as they design and build in small cohorts, in a space entirely dedicated to them, leveraging their own skills and talent to complete community projects that will live in the world. After their experience at Girls Garage, 96% of girls report increased confidence and interest in STEM and trades. Through building, teen girls realize and recognize their own power!
Ashley, who participated in our free summer camp, reflected on why we should give more girls toolboxes: “This is a toolbox for life! It is huge. You can do so many things with access to tools. You can use it for good causes. You are going to want to use it. You can build whatever you want.”
We are asking our community to support our Fearless100 campaign to give a set of full-size, high-quality tools to 100 girls who attend our programs. Each toolbox is meticulously curated by our staff and instructors and includes essential power tools, hand tools, hardware, and finishing tools. These toolboxes ensure that wherever a teen girl may go, and whatever projects she needs to tackle, she will be ready.
Suggested levels of giving:
$15: tape measure and speed square
$50: large hard shell toolbox
$100: collection of hand tools and hardware
$250: drill + driver combo with bits
$500: one fully-stocked toolbox with your name inside as a sponsor
Drill and Impact Driver
Drill and Driver Bits
Nails and screws
ToughSystem hard shell toolbox
Girls Garage signed book
Thank you to our sponsors!
Title Nine: Campaign Kick-off Partner
Ashby Lumber: Tool Acquisition Partner