Mission & Purpose
The Girls Rock Camp Alliance (GRCA) is an international coalition of organizations whose shared mission is to empower girls, women, trans, and gender non-conforming folks using the tools of music and arts education to foster community and build power. To this end, the GRCA promotes, strengthens, and expands services provided by its affiliated member organizations. GRCA provides resources and networking opportunities for its member organizations, and promotes the establishment of like-minded institutions worldwide.
We value the power of music as a means to create personal and social change;
We value efforts that actively expand opportunities for girls and women;
We value positive approaches to fighting sexism;
We value integrity, honesty and respect;
We value appropriate sharing of resources, cooperation, and collaboration;
We value using our collective voice to further our mission;
We value diversity.
How We Operate & Resources We Provide
The Girls Rock Camp Alliance exists to unite, develop, and support its member organizations. Only organizations that comply annually with membership criteria can become members of GRCA. The most important method of support GRCA provides for member organizations is the annual Girls Rock Camp Alliance conference, which takes place every spring. Each year, member organizations send key staff, organizers, board members, and volunteers to the conference for training, skill sharing, networking, and to have a hand in the governance and direction of GRCA.
The conference also serves as the time when leadership opportunities arise, both at the level of board of directors and smaller committees. Full member organizations vote on the slate of board members and help determine the focus of GRCA in the immediate year. Additionally, at this time, members can join committees and departments.
Although GRCA staff and board members host and organize the annual conference, members are responsible for providing the bulk of workshop development and leadership. As experts in the field of organizing rock camps and like-minded programs in their communities, GRCA members are encouraged to share their skills and experiences at the conference. We believe this shared pedagogy leads to a broader scope of knowledge and perspectives that benefits all GRCA members.
Statement of Diversity/Non-Discrimination Policy
The Girls Rock Camp Alliance values diversity of age, race, economic status, gender expression, size, physical ability, developmental ability, musical interests, learning styles, nationality, religion, thought, citizenship status, and sexual orientation. We promote respect and do not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia, or other discriminatory behavior or expression.