Each summer, Girls Rock Charleston holds a one-week day camp for girls and transgender youth ages 9 to 15. Campers form bands and take instrument classes in guitar, bass, keyboards, or drums and also participate in workshops about topics such as Feminism 101, Local Social Justice History, Self-Defense, Bodies and Consent, and Activism Through Art & Music. 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 $300, 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 Junior Counselor program is open to girls and transgender youth who are of high school age (15-17). Junior Counselors will participate in most of the above mentioned camp activities and also have opportunities to take leadership roles throughout the week. This may include co-teaching instrument classes or workshops, setting up gear throughout the day, helping with morning and afternoon assemblies, and more!
The Girls Rock Charleston After School Program (GRASP) engages youth ages 13 to 18 through creative workshops, political education, leadership development and music education.The aim is to support girls and transgender/gender non-conforming youth in fighting racism, criminalization, poverty, homophobia, and misogyny by providing the tools and structure needed to lift their voices for change. During the program, Rockers will address social issues through original art, music, poetry or dance. In addition, our Teen Leader program provides an opportunity for select youth in the program build valuable leadership skills as they organize for change in their communities about issues that directly impact their lives and the lives of their loved ones. Last semester, our teen leaders worked to raise awareness about school-based arrests. Check out their first blog post to learn more.
GRASP Fall 2016 takes place at the Stroble Community Center in Downtown Charleston and will take place from September 7th to November 30th on Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4:30 – 6:00 pm with the exception of school holidays. The end of program Showcase will be held on Saturday, November 19th.
How to apply:
Applications are due Friday, August 26th. Applications may be completed online or printed and mailed to:
Girls Rock Charleston, P.O. Box 20971, Charleston, SC 29413
Questions? Call Karmen at 843-494-1090 or Jules at 803-741-4390 for more info.
E-mail us at GRASP@girlsrockcharleston.org