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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

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 1

I bought a CD from someone in front of the Berkeley Bowl who claimed to represent this group - the Bay Area Girls' Rock Camp. Included with the CD were promotional materials for the Women's Rock Camp sponsored by this organization. When I got the CD home, and put it in my computer to listen, it was blank! My level of trust in this organization is zero!

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careyfh 04/02/2014

We at Bay Area Girls Rock Camp are sorry to hear this. The person who sold you this CD was clearly a scam artist and has no connection to our organization, as we do not distribute our merchandise at Berkeley Bowl. Thank you for your attempt to support our organization, though! Sincerely, the Bay Area Girls Rock Camp Staff Collective

Board Member

Rating: 5

BAGRC is an amazing organization with smart, dedicated, and responsive staff and volunteers. It's difficult to convey how amazing the program is: you need to attend a showcase of camper bands to understand the full impact of the program!

Susan275

Board Member

Rating: 5

Girls Rock is the only organization of its kind in the Bay Area. If you are looking for a life-changing experience for your girl, Bay Area Girls Rock Camp will deliver. And if you invite your friends and family to see your daughter perform, their lives will be changed too. To witness the amazing joy, confidence, courage and talent of these girls is to see the future... a better future where more women are leaders and change makers. Rock Camp can really do that? Yes it can!

Ingrid D.

Board Member

Rating: 5

BAGRC is an exceptional program that empowers girls and women to speak up, think critically, and express themselves through music production and collaboration in bands. Throughout camp, girls learn about image versus identity, self defense, media analysis, and how to create a strong message through songwriting. As a band, girls learn to perform to a large audience amplified on stage, one of the biggest highlights of camp that recognizes and validates the expression of young women.

1 Dina6

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 9 year old daughter participated in a BAGRC program this summer and it was amazing for her on so many levels. Her musical ability on drums exploded! She gained tremendous musical confidence, and is comfortable playing with different people in a variety of settings. She writes songs now, and it's a way for her to express feelings ranging from frustration to joy. She learned how to productively deal with conflict and create art in a team environment. She has struggled in the past to fit in, and now she seems so much more comfortable with herself.

This is just an incredible program for girls. It arms them with so many tools as they enter a difficult phase of life. If you cannot afford it, there is financial aid.

Yvette B.

Client Served

Rating: 4

My daughter has been to Girls Rock Camp the last 2 years. She loves it.
Ok, so it sometimes seems a tad disorganized but somehow it all comes together & it's amazing!
I know she wants to go back for sure!
Next year she is hoping to be a mentor.

Esther P.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Bay Area Girls Rock is an amazing and unique non-profit located in Oakland. In the course of a week most girls learn an instrument, form a band, write a song and then record it and perform. That alone would be impressive, but it's the self esteem building, community creation and overall positive influence that is truly awe inspiring.

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has attended the camp for three years in a row and is signed up to attend this coming summer session. She loves it and so do I. Under the pretext of learning to play an instrument, form a band, write a song and play a live show in front of hundreds of people, the girls are really learning life skills, gaining confidence and having fun. The women who run the camp are great role models for the girls.

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My granddaughter has attended this camp for three years and her poise and self confidence in performing have skyrocketed over that time. She has developed a powerful sense of self that has spilled over to junior high school, a notably difficult time, where she has become a powerful defender of the sometimes outcast seventh graders--you DO remember the "who's in and who's out" days? At least some of the credit goes to Bay Area Girls Rock Camp. I also love that they're branching out to include Ladies Rock Camp!

Jennifer P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has attended Bay Area Girls Rock Camp for the last three summers (from ages 10-12). She always loves it! She had been the lead singer twice and a guitar player once.

Each year, she loves her fellow band-mates and her coaches. She learns to listen to her own voice, to trust her instincts and to go for broke. Each summer she emerges from the program more confident and comfortable in her own skin. Aside form the musical lessons and friendships, the encouragement to think critically and to voice her own opinions have been most valuable.

The program is well-run and super fun! I reccommend it highly to all girls.

Jen

Audrey W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 9 year old daughter has now attended 2 sessions, and this summer will be her third. We love this program because they teach children about music, self esteem, and empowerment. They are a non profit organization that I adore because as a single mother it is very hard to find programs (after school & summer) that are affordable. I love that they have a 'compliment' board and they encourage the kids to build each other up, and recognize each other for positive stuff such as personality, appearance, or kind gestures. My absolute favorite part of the camp is the show case at the end in which the bands perform their songs. This camp teaches the children to play instruments, write songs, form bands, and preform what more could they do? We love them!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure of knowing many of the volunteers who dedicate weeks of their time during the summer (unpaid save for the all the non-monetary rewards). I also know some of the campers, so I feel I'm in a great position to see first hand how this incredible program changes all the lives involved for the better. I've watched campers as well as volunteers go from meek, timid, needlessly embarrassed people to excited, unafraid to speak or try something new rockstars! If I had one request of BAGRC it would be for it to have been available to me and my sister back in the day.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has attended all three years of summer camp sessions that Bay Area Girls Rock has offered so far. The first year she learned to play the drums, the second year she switched to playing bass, and then stayed with it for the third year.

The focus on empowering girls through music is prevalent throughout the week-long camp. It's not just about forming a band and learning a song - my daughter learned what it takes to write a song, what a zine is and how to create one, self-defense, and most importantly (besides the music) how to deal with conflict. Being in a band (even for a week) is no walk in the park. Four or five personalities meshing together takes work - and they do a good job of having band coaches and band managers walk that line between letting the girls work it out themselves, and stepping in to offer solutions.

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Please note I am also a board member for BAGRC, but my first experience with the organization was as a client served. My 14 year old daughter Maggie is a rock camp alumna. She attended the first session of Bay Area Girls Rock Camp 2008 when she was 11 years old. She loved it so much, she returned again in 2009 and in 2010.
Maggie wanted to attend rock camp so she could learn an instrument and be in a band. I wanted her to go to rock camp so she could build her confidence and meet women who could be role models for her as she learns be a strong, independent person. Rock camp met all our expectations. During rock camp sessions, I see my daughter’s confidence increase every day. As she experiences the anxiety of forming a band, she learns that there is a group for her and she can fit in with girls she just met. Making her way through the negotiations of finding a band name and writing a song has taught her about problem solving, compromise and standing up for her point of view. As the sessions end with the thrill of performing for a full house at a local rock venue, Maggie learns that she is brave. Who wouldn’t feel more confident after forming a band, learning an instrument, writing a song and performing for 300 people?
Since her first week at rock camp, Maggie has remained involved with her instrument of choice; taking lessons, practicing and even performing outside of camp with a group of rock campers. Her ongoing involvement with drumming and her continued improvement in skill helped her feel a sense of accomplishment, mastery and identity; key components of resilience for adolescent girls.