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Our Mission

The mission of the Girl with Grit Program is to give young entrepreneurial and creative girls the skills, trades, mentors, and experiences that help develop career paths and passions. Our goal is to develop females that work together collectively as a team to encourage each other.

Girls have experiences from product development, art, mechanics, furniture restoration, firearm and outdoor education, fashion, and more.

We believe strong girls grow to be strong women.

Girl with Grit Program is a nonprofit located in Boerne, TX and is registerd as a 501c3 nonprofit organization,

Support Us

Currently, the Girl with Grit Program is in need of support. You can support us by buying products, fulfilling our wishlist, or making monetary donations.

Girl with Grit Store

What does it take to make a profitable, sellable product? Our mentorship program is more than creative fun, learning to use tools, and teamwork. It also helps girls garner the skills of implementing their ideas, designs, and more into sellable products. All proceeds are returned to the girl with a percentage to the program for funding.

Funded by Sponsors, Donors, and The Girls.

Without the support of a community, our goals will not be met. Without the support of a community, their goals with not be met.

The Girl with Grit Program is a nonprofit organization. We exist based on the generous donations of time, skills, and willingness of others to help.

Girls also learn practical business skills as they launch their own products into the Girl with Grit Storefront. Proceeds from sales are returned to the girl who created the product and to the program to keep their space, supplies, and experiences funded.



HER dreams are as important as YOUR dreams.

One of the main goals of this program is to teach girls valuable business skills all while finding value and appreciation for each other. Women need to support each other, encourage each other, appreciate each other.

These girls work in an open collective space with tools and supplies to understand not only different career paths and skills, but also to value of working together. 

Our Board

From the Texas Wildflower:

"When Blythe Zemel relocated to Boerne she saw something special in the growing Hill Country community. “I noticed a lot of creative, imaginative young people,” she said, “but they needed direction. The talent was here, but it needed shaping.”

Blythe, who holds an art degree, knew first-hand how valuable mentoring can be in cultivating emerging talent. 

“There were a mix of male and female artists back in Houston. I taught them, and we formed a tight network that really pushed entrepreneurship.”

That’s why, in Boerne, Blythe saw an opportunity to make a difference." (READ MORE)

Blythe Zemel

President, Grit with Grit Program

Staci Calano Andrews made Boerne a place to experience. She headed the famed local hamburger shop, Soda Pops, along with Hot Rod Night, which was our staple for many years. It brought much media attention to our little town as a Texas must-see.

She also works aside her husband, Maurice, supporting his Hot Rod Garage. Along with her other entrepreneurial endeavors, Staci's Methodist Gift Shop.

Before helping change the face of our community, Staci served our Country in the US Navy.

She came onto the board because she missed the kids from Soda Pops and wants to continue to serve our community.

Staci Calano Andrews

Vice President, Grit with Grit Program

Brooke Dorman is a certified pistol instructor and is currently the President of the nonprofit, BACH. She's a Speech Pathologist that has spent many years of her life dedicated to serving local families. She directs programs, classes, and facilities for close to 300 families. She serves the local community constantly.

She also helps to coach the only all female coached competitve shooting team in the entire state of Texas, The Texas Hill Country Junior Marksmen.

Her dedication to local children and families goes above and beyond. She is a support system for everyone around her and ensures a constant strive for success in the families she touches.

Brooke Couey Dorman

Secretary, Grit with Grit Program

Supporting Board Members

Janie Sellers – STEMastic, Boerne, TX – A company dedicated to paving the way for future careers in science, robotics, engineering, and math.

Lauren Taylor, M.ed. – Kinkaid School, Houston, TX – An art educator from one of the leading private school in the state of Texas. 

Marsha Tucker – Executive Director, The Houston Forum (retired) – Ran one of the leading nonprofit educational platforms in the country that connected communities to upstanding public figures. 

From The Blog

Learn what’s going on from our President, Blythe Zemel.

Why we need YOU to Donate…

Why we need YOU to Donate…

What are we using donations for? -With overwhelming demand to take in more girls and teach more things (i.e. skilled trades, welding, metal fabrication, woodworking, etc. ), we need an additional LARGER facility in a warehouse space or a suitable SHOP SPACE or LAND in...

Welding Space

Welding Space

Well, we had the incredible Brian Adams and Jaime Adams step up and offer not only their space, but their equipment for the girls to weld with Briana Huhn!!! My community ROCKS!!!! ❤️

I met with yesterday, thanks to Briana Huhn. Briana has the passion, the incredible talent, and the educational background to REALLY help shape a wonderful element into the Girl with Grit Program. I am so happy to say that Big Ideas believes enough in...

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