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EVERY GIRL DESERVES A HIVE.

 
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Builder Bees is committed to giving girls a place to express themselves without judgment. We welcome all girls who are looking for friends because they struggle in a mainstream social setting, such as girls with autism spectrum disorder, anxiety or sensorimotor challenges. We welcome trans and gender nonconforming girls, as well as girls from all religious, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

 
 
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Every girl has the same needs - to sleep, eat, love, explore, and to form friendships with other girls.

 
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Every girl has the same needs - to sleep, eat, love, explore, and to form friendships with other girls.

Sometimes girls give the impression that they don’t want friendship. Maybe they turn away from others, or cling to their caregivers when they get to a birthday party. Maybe they don’t appear to be in tune with the interest or fashion of the day. These behaviors may show that these girls are overwhelmed, or “marching to their own drum”. They do not mean that they want to be left isolated and friendless. Sometimes, a child can be too anxious to talk to almost everyone around her, but then exceptions happen. Soul sisters meet, and lifelong friendships blossom. Shyness gives way to exuberance. 

That’s what happens in the case of my six-year-old daughter, Maxie. 

The dramatic impact of friendship on Maxie was the inspiration for my decision 18 months ago to launch Builder Bees. My focus was on bringing together girls whose non-special need for friendship was not being met in conventional settings. All girls, whatever their background and level of ability, would be welcome. Builder Bees would expressly target girls who struggle in mainstream social settings, and find themselves heavily outnumbered by boys in special needs settings. 

In its pilot stage, Builder Bees has hosted monthly events such as a mermaid party; a nature hike; pony riding; and informal play dates at We Rock The Spectrum in Studio City.

In the coming year, we will be offering more frequent programs and classes for our girls, such as our upcoming dance and yoga classes, so that friendships can deepen, and parents and caregivers can feel less alone. Keep checking our Events tab for upcoming attractions! 

Click on Gallery for a taste of Builder Bees through pictures and movies, featuring our biggest event so far: a fashion and talent show.

Builder Bees is for girls in Pre-K through 12th grade, but if you have/ know a girl who is younger or older who is interested, please reach out! We welcome all girls.

Orley Garber, Founder and President

 

 Soul sisters meet, and lifelong

friendships blossom.

Shyness gives way to exuberance. 

 
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 In the coming year, we will be offering more frequent programs and classes for our girls and their families, so that friendships can deepen, and parents and caregivers can feel less alone.

 
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Orley Garber, Founder and President

Sheryl K. Zohn, Secretary

Jennifer Maurus, Treasurer 

Nancy Broderick

 
 
 

Heather Fox Busquets

Sofia Chojniak

Elisabeth Greenbaum Kasson

Jennifer Kilburn

Cynthia Morgan

 
 
 

Susanna Peace Lovell 

Abby Phon

Dorie Weiss

Tracy Zaslow

 

"If I had a place like Builder Bees when I was growing up, I wouldn’t be afraid to say things in public. I wouldn't be forever worrying that I had said something wrong." 

Sarah Lonsert, professional singer and songwriter.

 

“I realized today that you don’t need words to have friends.”

Arizona Lovell, 13

 
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