GirlsGuild is a service that offers apprenticeships for girls, by girls. We connect girls and women with artists and makers to build a supportive, collaborative community.
We define apprenticeship as more hands-on than a “mentorship”, and more equitable than an “internship”. In an apprenticeship, a maker works one-on-one with a girl interested in learning the skills of her craft. It's about getting real world understanding of a maker's work and lifestyle, and building some serious skills in a particular area of making.
If you have a skill you’d like to share, and could use some help with your work, consider posting an apprenticeship. You can teach a particular technique or tool in a Workshop (aka a 1-day Apprenticeship), or share your practice in a Production, Event, Business, or Ongoing Apprenticeships.
If you're interested in picking up some new skills and meeting new friends while you're at it, you can try a Workshop (1-day Apprenticeship) to get your feet wet and learn a new technique. And if you're really looking to build your skills and get some real experience working and learning with a Maker longer term, apply for a Production, Event, Business or Ongoing Apprenticeship.
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We take a broad definition of the term “Maker” that includes people working in creative fields from art, design, and craft, to tech, engineering, media, fabrication, style, food, music, entrepreneurship, and beyond!
Apprenticeships are built for girls and women 14 and up. Some Workshops are all ages. Check each listing for the age range set by the Maker. We also partner with local organizations to offer free workshops to girls and women through our scholarship fund.
It’s of utmost importance to us that you feel confident joining or hosting Workshops and Apprenticeships. We exist to build a supportive and collaborative community of makers, and we believe the girls and women who get involved are also inspired by this goal.
We pay for a monthly background check service called PublicData.com. When a maker posts an apprenticeship or workshop, we use their first and last name to search both criminal offenses as well as sexual offenses. If we find a match for any of these serious crimes we won't post the Apprenticeship or Workshop for this reason. Makers, be assured there will be no point in the process that we share any information we may find on PublicData.com with anyone, nor will this process affect your public records in any way.