Each summer, Girls Rock Charleston holds a one-week day camp for girls and transgender youth ages 9 to 17. Campers form bands and take instrument classes in guitar, bass, keyboards, or drums and participate in workshops that explore ways to use music and art to address social issues that impact our communities. At the end of camp week, bands perform original songs at a live showcase event in front of family, friends, and Charleston community members. Full tuition for camp is $350, however we use a sliding scale system to make our program as financially accessible as possible. No music experience is necessary and Girls Rock will provide instruments to all campers.
The Teen Leader program is open to girls and transgender youth who are of high school age (15-17) and have previously participated in GRC programs. Teen leaders will meet three times before camp and work along side experienced organizers to plan workshop curriculum for camp. During camp week they will facilitate workshops and have opportunities to take on other leadership positions such as planning assemblies, emceeing the showcase, and documenting camp through photos and video. We have very limited space for teen leaders.
Youth Artists in Action
Our newest program, YAA, is focused on teen leadership development and political education. Youth artists between the ages of 13 and 18 work together to plan and facilitate community events such as art shows or open mic nights,
and educate our community members about issues that affect the lives of young people in Charleston and their families.