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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 at 102 E. Hosack, Boerne, TX 78006 and is registerd as a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

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. 

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.

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. 

Board of Directors

Blythe Zemel, President/Executive Director

“We can do it!”

Learn more about our President, Blythe Zemel, and what motivates her here:

“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 the rest of the article here:

The Texas Wildflower – Meet Blythe Zemel 

Learn about our additional board members and the support they offer us here.

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

Marsha was Executive Director for the leading speaker platform in the Southwest. Her experience in non-profit work spans well over twenty years.

Her previous role brought her into the company of some of the world's most pivotal leaders.

Previous to her non-profit, Marsha was a professional writer and worked for various publications and wrote numerous books and articles.

She has a love of home improvement projects and working on restoration of furniture.

Marsha Tucker

Treasurer, Girl with Grit Program


Janie Sellers, STEMatics, Boerne, TX - A retired BISD teacher turned entrepreneur. Janie runs a business that revolves around teaching youth robotics and STEM.

Lauren Taylor, M.ed., Kinkaid, Houston, TX - An art educator from one of the top prvate schools in the state that specializes in setting students up for success across a range of media.

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