Welcome to Girls at Work, Inc.

  • empowering girls one woodworking project at a time

    When the staff of Girls at Work, Inc. teach woodworking skills and how to safely use power tools, the results are uplifting and life-changing.

    Elaine Hamel’s dynamic program has helped thousands of girls and women from all walks of life to discover their self-worth and the rewards of teamwork. In this supportive environment, they gain a sense of accomplishment from doing something new and inspiring that lasts well beyond the build.

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  • Teach a girl to build, and you can empower her for life.
  • “I think it’s really fun! We learn how to build and if you say you can’t they tell you that you can!”

    — MaryGrace, 8 years old

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    Registration for summer camp is now open! For girls ages 9-13 weeK 1 will be June 17 – 21, and week 2 is August 5 – 9. The cost per week is $225 and camp is held at our headquarters at 4 Elm Street in Manchester.


    Girls at work programs

    Girl’s and women’s programs take place either in the Girls at Work Inc. wood shop or onsite at camps and centers throughout the Northeast and are customized to fit each organization’s needs. No prior building experience is necessary.

      • Workshops for Girls

        We’ll tailor the workshop to accommodate your needs while providing a nurturing, challenging environment that instills self-worth.
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      • Summer Camp for Girls

        Girls learn the importance of safety and focus by overcoming any fear of power tools.They experience the rewards of teamwork and a new sense of self confidence and capability.
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        Power Birthday Parties for Girls

        A fun, creative way to celebrate a special day! Girls 6-16 learn how to safely use several power tools while building a project of their own to take home.
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      • Workshops for Women

        These workshops provide women the opportunity to safely step out of their comfort zone and experience fulfillment in designing and building their own furniture piece.
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      • Workshops for the Workplace

        Workshops for business professionals and educators emphasize team building and problem solving with the opportunity to donate the item they build to a non-profit.
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      Sample Projects

      The girls in our programs accomplish amazing things – from developing their “internal” power tools to hand-crafting great things with wood.
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