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.
Summer camp 2017 will take place from June 26th to June 30th at North Charleston High School. The showcase will be held on July 1st at the Charleston Music.
You can complete our online application here!
You can download our paper application here and mail it to:
Girls Rock Charleston
P.O. Box 20971
Charleston, SC 29413
Applications are due May 20th!
For more information about camp contact Loni at 843-834-4280.
Our summer camp Teen Leader program is open to girls and transgender youth who are of high school age (14-17). Teen Leaders help organize camp week, lead workshops and lessons for other campers, and facilitate art-based activism projects for the showcase. Teen Leaders work in groups to design and facilitate their own workshop tracks about topics that are important to them and inform campers about real-world issues and actions affecting young people. In three Saturday meet-ups, Teen Leaders will meet with adult organizers to plan their workshop sessions, learn about facilitation, plan lessons and design their final projects. It is required that Teen Leaders attend these three pre-camp meetings.
Teen Leaders will also be able to take on other roles during camp, which might include instrument instruction, documentation, participating in assemblies, or emceeing our end-of-camp showcase.
Teen leader applications are closed for the summer.
The Youth Artists in Action program provides an opportunity for a small group of teen girls and trans youth to engage in hands-on, arts-centered organizing apprenticeships alongside adult organizers, and work in coalition with our partner organizations to agitate for gender, racial, and economic justice right here in Charleston. The goal is for young people in these groups to emerge as the facilitators and organizers of a youth-centered feminist and anti-racist movement in that stretches across South Carolina. In the Spring, the young people in YAA participated in our campaign work with the SC Raise the Age Coalition through action research and by planning an art-centered community-building event that addressed the criminalization of girls and trans youth. The Youth Justice Open Mic was fully planned and executed by our YAA Teen Leaders and was hosted at Eclectic Cafe in downtown Charleston.
LUNA serves as a community-based alternative to incarceration and prioritizes enrollment for young people who are targeted by the juvenile justice system. This program engages youth ages 13 to 18 in the world of art-activism through creative workshops, political education, leadership development, and arts education.
The CYAP community organizing team focuses on building relationships, fostering youth power, and engaging in collective action in Charleston and across South Carolina. We work in cross-issue alliances with racial, economic, and gender justice partners and movement building organizations.