ARTS - TRADES - STEM - REAL LIFE SKILLS
Our mission is to provide our community with unique hands-on learning opportunities, access to equipment, real life skills, and a community space for makers. We specialize in programming for girls and women, youth, and special needs populations.
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Inclusive Community Makerspace
We provide a co-ed community space for all in Kendall County that's full of educational opportunities in the arts, trades, traditional arts and crafts, STEM, and real life skills. We also offer access to equipment, tools, and supplies.
What is a Makerspace?
A Makerspace is a nonprofit community facility that houses equipment for the community to access. Our Makerspace houses a woodworking shop, sewing and serging room, state-of-the art welder, laser cutter, 3-D Printer, Digital Art Equipment, Photo Studio, 4 Color Screenprinting Press, Airbrush Rig, and more.
How do I become a member?
Makerspaces are used on a membership basis. Our Makerspace also houses programming for homeschool groups, special education groups, and Girl with Grit Program.
Join today for discounted classes, workshops, and free monthly Makerspace Days.
102 E. HOSACK ST, BOERNE, TX
STRONG GIRLS GROW UP TO BE STRONG WOMEN.
GIRL WITH GRIT PROGRAM
Girl with Grit Program
The mission of the Girl with Grit Program is to give girls and women a safe space to grow their skills and confidence through mentors, and experiences that help develop life skills, career paths, and passions.
Girls and women get crash course workshops in everything from entrepreneurship to the trades to life skills – such as automotive care, tools, and more – in a comfortable and secure team-building environment.
STRONG GIRLS GROW UP TO BE STRONG WOMEN.
The purpose of our mobile workshop is to bring portions of the program into other facilities, community centers, and events. One primary goal is to outfit a truck in order to bring Girl with Grit Program into schools and women shelters with crash course life skills workshops (i.e. changing a flat tire, using standard tools, car and house maintenance) or encouraging trades for young women not college bound.
Our mobile workshop also facilitates a mobile makerspace where we can help to serve schools, community centers, and residential facilities with hands-on learning opportunities.
Currently Girl with Grit Program has secured three different options for our Mobile Workshop:
Option #1: Full restoration of the program's currently owned Community Built 1934 Chevy Flatbed Truck. This truck has won international attention amongst the leaders in the automotive industry for it’s all female lead team and youth involvement. Youth have already had their hands involved in this truck, earlier this year, 24 girls pulled the engine out with Ashley Robertson from History Channel paving the way.
Drawbacks: Time, Expense, Need for Facilities to Build it
Option #2: Purchase a running, used vehicle to house our Mobile Workshop Program and approach sponsors to add locking toolboxes, tools, and various other features we’d need to make programming on the go, go smoothly.
Drawbacks: Time, Expense
Option #3: Request a donor vehicle from a local dealership and outfit it as our mobile workshop.
NO MATTER THE OPTION, IT WILL BE POWERED BY YOUTH, LED BY WOMEN, AND COMMUNITY BUILT.
*Our vehicle request for our Mobile Workshop is currently a FINALIST for the 100 Women of the Hill Country Grant. Please DONATE today to help us get this community vehicle built.
Special Needs Populations
Girl with Grit Makerspace currently houses the Boerne Peace Program bi-monthly for classes with developmentally challenged individuals. Classes aim to build confidence and improve hand-eye coordination, creativity, and a variety of developmentally appropriate skills. We aim to increase funding and provide weekly services to them in 2022.
THE WOMEN BEHIND THE NON-PROFIT.
Girl with Grit was officially started by Blythe Zemel in December of 2020 after recognizing a need for better access to equipment and educational opportunities for girls in her community.
First joining our board was Staci Andrews, Retired Navy and Entrepreneur.
In January, Ashley Robertson, Shop Assistant at ToyMakerz headed down to help pull an engine from our 1934 Chevy Truck and at that time joined our board. ToyMakerz can be seen on History Channel.
In April, Briana Hunh, currently Fabricator at Texas Hot Rods and West Coast Choppers, came down from Minnesota in April to introduce her work with youth outreach and the trades for Big Ideas. Briana was also on Bitchhin’ Bootcamp and Monster Garage. Now located in Austin, Briana has become pivotal to our program.
We are also assisted by other strong women in our Board. Brooke Dorman, a speech pathologist and director of one of the largest homeschool communities in our area. Janie Sellers assists with STEM and is owner of STEMtastic. Other support comes from Lauren Taylor, with her Master’s in Education and years of classroom experience and Marsha Tucker, a retired Executive Director of a large nonprofit educational speaker platform in Houston TX.
Currently, Girl with Grit has a Makerspace, Classes, and Workshops that are open to everyone in the community. Girl with Grit Program runs an introduction of skills to girls in that space.
102 E. HOSACK ST.
BOERNE, TX 78006
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