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N.H. nonprofit Girls at Work could get national TV shoutout

New Hampshire-based nonprofit Girls At Work has been getting a lot of attention on the internet this week, and it might get a shout-out on national television tomorrow morning.

The program empowers at-risk girls by teaching them how to use power tools and build things such as coat hook racks, night stands and benches. For the past two summers, Founder and Executive Director Elaine Hamel has brought the program to Camp Spaulding in Penacook.

When Robert Gelb heard about Girls at Work, he decided to feature it as the New Hampshire story in his yearlong nationwide video project looking for good news from every state.

Gelb and the four other recent college graduates of Bus 52 will end their tour tomorrow with an interview on CBS This Morning.

“They’ve asked for video of a few stories and Girls at Work is one of our favorites. . . . You can’t get a better metaphor than finding something that’s powerful and strong and frightening, and turning it on it’s head, empowering the girls,” Gelb said.

Since the group first posted the video, shot in Kingston in November, it’s been picked up by blogs including The Huffington Post.

“People are really starting to take us seriously,” Hamel said. “I think long term, the attention will have more of an effect than short term. But I really don’t know what to expect from this. My seat belt’s on. I’m holding on.”

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