TEAM BUILDS FOR GIRLS, TEACHERS AND BUSINESSES
Team Builds for Girls
In a world where girls are often taught to be small, it is really difficult to believe you are ‘small’ once you’ve built a picnic table with a group of girls. We have built with thousands of girls over the years, and watched as this experience created some lasting bonds. We can also say that the transformation from self doubt to self confidence is undeniable.
This program provides an incredible opportunity to unite your teachers after the difficult year they have all been through. Most female participants are filled with self doubt and uncertainty and are extremely hesitant to sign up for a build. Teachers and their female students can both participate in this program as building has the amazing ability to level a playing field. Since most girls and women have never used power tools before, this program allows an opportunity for teachers and students to work as a team and not as student/teacher.
Yes we do travel to schools and can set up on site. We would need a large area and access to power in order to sand all of the tables with electric palm sanders. Please be sure sawdust would not be an issue in the space.
This would depend on the age of the girls. If they are younger they will require a bit more support and oversight, so the groups would be a bit smaller. If they are teens, the groups can be much larger.
Eight years old is a pretty safe bet with building. They are strong (and heavy enough!) to be able to apply enough pressure to drive screws into the lumber with cordless screw guns. It’s a really powerful experience for all girls!
We typically allow three hours of actual building time from start to finish.
No building experience required at all. They will certainly feel like builders once they sit on the awesome picnic tables they built!
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
After making the benches, I felt stronger and more confident that I can do anything. It made me feel that girls can do just as much as boys.
I am so thankful for getting the opportunity to participate in Girls At Work. Working together and building the picnic tables allowed us the chance to show that girls can build and work with our hands too. It was a good break from the computer and being able to be free and to be able to use the power tools. I think that it built up some of our self confidence and showed us that if we don't give up on something, then we can do a phenomenal job. Yes, some of us knew how to use the power tools, but that gave us the opportunity to step up and help other people who did not. I would like to thank you for coming to DES and giving us this opportunity of making the picnic tables. We truly enjoyed working with you.
I had a lot of fun building and learning with friends I typically don't hang out with. I learned how to use a drill and worked with my teammates to build a picnic table. It will be neat to eat lunch with my friends using a table we built together. Girls can do anything they set their minds to!
The picnic table build was a great opportunity to see students work way outside their comfort zones and quickly gain confidence in a new skill. For my students who were already comfortable with tools, the build gave them a chance to shine and show their peers what they can do. The girls faced many different challenges throughout the day and came out stronger on the other side.
Team Builds for Businesses
Building is a powerful connector. Studies have shown when you have a group of people in an unfamiliar environment (using power tools) working toward a common goal (building picnic tables), the experience creates some powerful connections. The end result is that your team has worked outside of their comfort zone together, overcome many obstacles together, learned some new building skills, mastered the use of a cordless screw gun, and learned how empowering building can be while donating beautifully built picnic tables to area non profits or inner city schools in need.
This program is for all genders.
We are able to travel to different locations to do Team Builds and there is typically a cost associated with travel. We would need a wide open space with access to power in order to plug in many electric palm sanders.
We can accommodate up to 100, as long as we have a space large enough to accomodate. We divide groups into teams of five or six and each team will build a picnic table. We also mix up the teams throughout to eliminate any chance of competition.
It will take your team around three hours to complete the build. We do not do any painting or staining during this build.
No prior building experience at all is required.
No age limit..
We provide all materials and tools needed to complete the build. All lumber is pre-cut which encourages critical thinking and team building. It is really powerful to watch the self doubt shift to confidence and self esteem quickly during this build.
We do not provide lunch, but we strongly recommend you provide lunch so that everyone can sit together and enjoy a meal and share the pride of their accomplishments.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
Elaine has worked out a great team building program. It puts people together in groups, has them volunteer their suggestions and ideas, and shows them how to use tools that might be new to them. She pays attention to every individual contributor, and she is incredibly patient and kind. This project is perfect for school age kids to gain confidence with new situations!
Building picnic tables with The Girls at Work organization at last year's Ramble was such a positive experience. It was fun, I learned to problem solve, use some tools for the first time in my life, and found it to be a great team building experience.
No matter what your age is, Girls At Work empowers you. Here I was, a 55 year old woman who never held a drill in my hand, ended the task of building a picnic table from scratch with confidence and a sense of accomplishment. I didn't do it alone tho. I worked with a team of women, with mutual feelings of awkwardness and intimidation. The decision making and collaboration among the group connected us in a way we never expected. In the end, I made a new friend in Elaine and I learned that I could do it just as well as anyone else, with much laughter and high fiving. Honestly, when it was over I didn't want to put the drill down, but my job was complete and we all signed our names and thoughts underneath the tables we had built. A day I will never forget. Thanks Elaine!
I had the great opportunity to do a community build project with Elaine from Girls at Work this past summer. Her approach to teaching and empowering is simply amazing! I have been assisting with building projects since a friend and I built our first tree house 50 years ago, and yet Elaine taught me the planning skills that helped make so much more sense! I enjoyed the experience and her life lessons so much that I have contracted with her to do a team building session at our Head Start program this fall. What a wonderful experience - and an admirable life mission.
You know those friends and/or co workers you miss? Round them up and sign up for a Team Build to get reconnected and empowered while giving back!
Or girls, ask your teachers to sign you and your girlfriends up for a Team Build so you can hang out building some cool picnic tables to donate to non profits who can’t afford to buy them!
- Create new bonds
- Work with many different folks
- Master the art of using a cordless screw gun
- Rely on each other to overcome challenges
- Adjust to team members joining and leaving your team (this eliminates competition)
- Tap into your inner power to discover that you can build
- Feel the satisfaction of working together to overcome challenges
- Discover how your new building skills can empower a non profit in need of tables
Round up your staff/employees and sign up for a powerful experience that will unite, inspire and empower your team.
Silence those voices of self doubt to push through struggles together to build confidence and self esteem while learning some building skills.
Recognize how your time and energy can make a difference for so many. Donate some pretty awesome tables you learned how to build to area non profits or inner city schools.