Each summer, participants in the Girls Garage summer camp in Berkeley, CA design and build furniture for the local Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center. The Center is a nonprofit in Berkeley providing free services, counseling, job support, and temporary housing to homeless women. Over the course of one week, 24 girls ages 9-13 learn carpentry, welding, and digital design skills, visit the center, interview staff, and deliver the completed furniture to the facility.
Emily Pilloton, the founder of Girls Garage is passionate about inspiring young people to learn about design, building and making in ways that help their communities through her non-profit organization, Project H.
Every year, girls take pride in their own work, but love building things for others more than anything they could take home themselves.
To date, completed projects have included a coffee table, two bookshelves, a toy chest, an outdoor playhouse, a built-in desk for the front office, storage cubbies, edible garden beds, and a mail sorting system.
The Girls Garage motto is FEAR LESS. BUILD MORE. It’s about empowering girls and young women with the skills, tools and confidence to do something with the great ideas that they have. Doesn’t this make you want to get up off that couch and weld something to make the world a better place?