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Causes: Children & Youth, Girls Clubs

Mission: The Bay Area Girls Rock Camp (BAGRC) empowers girls through music, promoting an environment that fosters self-confidence, creativity and teamwork. The BAGRC strives to challenge gender stereotypes, encourage collaboration and tolerance among peers, and provide a comfortable space for people of all backgrounds to express themselves. Through music lessons, workshops, group activities and performance, girls acquire skills that will help guide them throughout their lives.

Results: We have expanded our programming each year to meet the growing demand in our community for our innovative programming. Our first summer camp, held in 2008, served 65 girls; this year, in our 6th year of programming, we will serve 265 girls. Similarly, our first after school program served 19 girls; this year we will serve more than 100 girls.

Target demographics: We serve girls between 8 and 18 years old from all over the Bay Area and beyond. Most girls live in the East Bay, and half receive full or partial financial aid to participate in our programs.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 324 youth

Geographic areas served: SF Bay Area

Programs: *Girls Rock Summer Camp: a week-long program in which girls learn to play an instrument (guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, vocals, or turntables), form a band, a write an original song to perform at the end-of-program showcase. *Girls Rock After School Program: a 10-week version of the Summer Camp program. *Women's Rock Camp: a 3-day version of Summer Camp for women ages 19 and up. All proceeds directly benefit our youth programs.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Girls rock camp is one of the hippest, most inspiring non-profits aimed towards social equity in the Bay Area. The staff and board are fully committed to listening to the needs of parents and campers. The volunteers are highly experienced musicians and educators. Girls are proven to have increased confidence after leaving rock camp!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Staff, volunteers and campers all unite to create an incredible atmosphere. Rock Camp is about empowerment, but it's also about dealing with conflict and growing from it. I have had the pleasure of being involved with Rock camp since 2003 when I volunteered at the original Portland camp. Since then it is growing and we are so lucky to be a part of it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with the Bay Area Girls Rock Camp since it kicked off three years ago. I have had the privilege of watching campers discover their own strong voices, unique selves, and that they are not alone in this world. It has been fun watching friendships form,and experiencing the joy of seeing the positive impact Girls Rock Camp has had on the lives of returning and former campers. They navigate this challenging world with remarkable confidence , dignity, respect, and care. I am constantly in awe of the ways the Bay Area Girls Rock Camp continues to positively impact so many lives and communities-- including mine.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for the Bay Area Girls Rock Camp. I flew in specifically from Chicago to work with the group for the week. I only have all around positive things to say about the people running the camp and the camp itself. I have been doing a variety of volunteer work all my life and they are by far the most organized group I have encountered. From the application process as a volunteer, to the before and after meetings as the week went by, even till now when I get emails about what's going on with the group. It's just a really good group to be involved with in any way shape or form.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with BAGRC for three years now and I'm hooked! The organizations seeks to empower girls through music, and succeeds at that plus empowering volunteers through volunteering. It's pretty powerful to be in a room with all of these bright, talented, thoughtful women and allies. I would strongly suggest you volunteer for BAGRC if you have ever been a musician, or spent time wishing you were a musician. It will change your life!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the best, most amazing organization ever!! I was only involved for one summer a few years back but I wholeheartedly recommend this camp to anyone who is between the age of 8 and 18 for a truly revolutionary, self-esteem building, empowering experience. I think every girl in the world should get to participate in something like this, the world would truly be a better, safer, and more positive place for everyone. I also recommend volunteering and participating in their summer, after-school, and lady's rock camp programs! All amazing and wonderful experiences.