Girl with Grit Program is an intensive but fun skill building session for those 8 and up. Over the course of the 16 hour, 8 workshop program, students earn a certification and close evidence-based gaps while learning through practical and fun hands-on projects. Our workshops span information from tools to tires to rewiring a lamp to entrepreneurship and creating a budget – all with the goal to leave a lasting impression and introduction in a fun and safe way.
Our program has been called potentially life-saving and life-changing by law enforcement and behavioral scientists. Not only can teaching these skills protect our youth, it can open up interests in new career paths and hobbies, help them gain confidence, and learn self-efficacy. .
Join us for a fun and unique hands-on opportunity to learn practical skills with experienced and trained instructors. From birdhouses to jumping batteries to financial literacy to safety on the roads, in wilderness, or at home – Girl with Grit is all about teaching surviving life’s basics.

We offer our 16 hour certification program over the course of a weekend in and surrounding major metropolitan areas. 


5/18 AND 5/19/24 (9 AM to 7 PM)



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First Workshop:
Build a Birdhouse
Students will build a birdhouse and learn about tools This module is geared towards growing handiness with tools.

Second Workshop:
Drive and Thrive
Students will learn the basics of automotive care and how to handle emergencies including how to change a tire, jump a battery, weather related roadside emergencies, vehicle maintenance – such as checking fluids and signs of needed maintenance, and more.

Third Workshop:
Trades Club
The goal of this class is to implement knowledge about skilled trades sand practical trade skills everyone needs to know in a fun, interactive way. Students will make their own lamps, a fun project out of PVC pipe, and learn to stain and seal wood.

Fourth Workshop:
Emergency 911
We will cover how to handle some very simple and some very scary emergencies. Students will get hands-on use with a fire extinguisher and knowledge on fire safety directly from a visitor from our local fire department. Students will learn how to deal with various emergencies from clogged toilets to bursting pipes to how to safely disarm a firearm and perform CPR.

Fifth Workshop:
Into the Wild
Learn basic wilderness preparation and survival from what to pack to encountering a wild animal.

Sixth Workshop:
Home DIY
Youth will learn basic household skills to help them achieve independence from hanging heavy curtains to patching a pair of jeans or a hole in the wall. Students will take home a sewing project.

Seventh Workshop:
Financial Literacy Business Basics
The goal of this workshop is to understand a basic budget and principles of financial health.

Eighth Workshop:
Financial Literacy
We will learn the basics of business through a fun and interactive pop-up business.

Certificate of Completion
Youth and families can come join us for a celebration of their new grit and skills with a review of skills taught. Students will be awarded their Certificate of Completion.