Rosie’s Girls is a camp for middle school girls that builds self-esteem, leadership, and physical confidence through exploration of the trades and other non-traditional activities. Santa Monica's unique program combines creative expression and physical challenges with civic engagement. Participants go behind the scenes in various parts of the City to see what it takes to make Santa Monica run. Rosie's Girls has been recognized for excellence by the California Park and Recreation Society and the League of California Cities.
Whether in a shop or applied to "real world" projects, trades activities offer an unusual and especially powerful vehicle for girls to develop a broader sense of themselves and their capabilities. Trades activities challenge girls to learn self-reliance, expand their math and science skills, develop new areas of physical confidence, expand the range of careers they might envision for themselves, and push past preconceived limitations.