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.
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!
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.