Girls Rock Camps help girls build self-esteem and find their voices through unique programming that combines music education and performance; empowerment and social justice workshops; positive role models, and collaboration and leadership skill building. The Girls Rock Camp Alliance supports camps around the world in this mission.
Mission & Purpose
The Girls Rock Camp Alliance is an international 501(c)3 coalition of organizations whose shared mission is to empower girls and women using the tools of music education to foster self-esteem and confidence. To this end, the GRCA promotes, strengthens, and expands services provided by its affiliated camps. GRCA provides resources and networking opportunities for its member camps, 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 camps. Only girls rock camp organizations that comply annually with membership criteria can become members of GRCA. The most important method of support GRCA provides for member camps is the annual Girls Rock Camp Alliance conference, which takes place every spring in a different city. Each year, every member organization sends key staff, 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 camps 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 and work on a 5 year strategic plan.
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 girls rock camps 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.