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Katie Hughes: Girls Build the Future

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Katie Hughes is the founder and Executive Director of Girls Build. Katie worked as a carpenter and educator before founding this non-profit.

Girls Build offers camps and classes in carpentry, electrical, sheet metal, blacksmithing, auto mechanics, and plumbing, to inspire curiosity and confidence in girls within the world of building. Serving campers from 8 - 15 years old, the camps are taught by skilled tradeswomen and educators – our goals are safety, skills and fun.


These skills will provide long-term economic benefits that will provide stability for families and healthy lives:

  • The building trades offer living wage careers 

  • Such careers create generational wealth

  • By encouraging girls to take advantage of available classes at school, the program boosts girls’ interest in education and high school graduation rates


Join us to see how Girls Build helps girls now – and paves the way for their families and future generations. 

Jenny Clark: Building a Better Future with Womens' Empowerment


Did you know that just 1.9% of all donations make it to organizations dedicated to women and girls? 


WECO’s (Women Empowerment Coalition) mission is to connect vetted grassroots initiatives to much-needed resources and volunteers, to invest in women who are invested in their communities. With projects in Cambodia, Peru, India, and Costa Rica, our vision is to live in a world where women and girls have equal opportunities to succeed. To work towards these goals, we:

  • Connect vetted grassroots initiatives to catalyze local efforts and build local infrastructures. 

  • Support these initiatives to create positive change from the ground up.

  • Address gender equity beyond projects on a larger scale. 


Please join us for our April meeting to meet Jenny, find out more about WECO, and learn how to get involved. You can also check out the following links:


Volunteer intake form
Youtube channel
2023 Costa Rica site visit video
2023 Cambodia site visit video

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Libra Forde has a just heart and finds joy in fighting for our now in ways that will make improvements beyond our existence.

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