Summer Camp Volunteer Information

Girls Rock Philly
Summer Rock Camp 2014
Volunteer Information

 Summer Camp:     August 4-8*
Showcase:               August 9*
Recording:              August 10*
*Locations all TBA

Volunteer Applications now available HERE. Deadline is June 20, 2014!

Camp Volunteer Info Sessions
Tues. May 6, 2014 – 7pm (during regularly scheduled monthly open volunteer meeting)*
Wed. May 21, 2014 – 7pm*
Sat. June 7, 2014 – 2pm*
* All info sessions at GRP Headquarters, 1867 Frankford Avenue, 19125

Camp Volunteer Training
Sat. July 19, 2014 – Location TBA, 12pm – 5pm
(make-up training: Sat. July 26, 2014 – GRP HQ, 1867 Frankford Avenue, 11am – 2pm)

Camp Volunteer Orientation
Sun. August 3, 2014 – at summer camp site (tba), 2pm – 5pm

Training and Orientation is mandatory for all volunteers. New volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend 1 information session.

Background Checks are required for all volunteers who will be working directly with youth at camp. More information will be sent to you once we receive your application.

Where else can you find GRP in the next few months?

April 26 – Art Event at The Bean, 615 South Street
May 4 – Ladies Rock Camp Showcase at ImpactHUB, 1227 North 4th Street, 7pm doors, $5-10 sliding scale
May 17 – Spring Showcase & Open House feat. after school program and ladies rock bands + more, 1-5pm at GRP HQ
May 17 – Information Table at the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival
June 3 – Monthly open volunteer meeting, at GRP HQ, 7pm

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Ladies Rock Camp Showcase

We’re getting very excited for our first Ladies Rock Camp of 2014! Camp is the first weekend of May and though the camp itself is full, please join us for the showcase to cheer on our newest bands at DJs at ImpactHUB Philly, 1227 North 4th Street, on Sunday, May 4. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm and the event is $5-10 sliding scale. Facebook event here.


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GRP teen nominated for Mashed Award

Daizha, a teen participant at GRP, was nominated for the Musical/Audio Performance award at the recent Mashed Awards, hosted by the Philly Youth Media Collaborative, of which GRP is a new member! Watch the PYMC promo video and while you’re learning about this awesome organization, listen for original music by GRP summer camp band, Untamed!

Daizha’s amazing audio piece, Ungrateful Delinquents, was created during the fall 2013 semester of our teen program. Listen here:  .

Here’s more about our teen program…

In the Fall of 2013, Girls Rock Philly expanded its teen program, Shark Tank (now Sound Scholars), to two days a week. Teens in the program attend instrument lessons (guitar, bass, drums or keys) and work on experimental audio projects on a semester-long theme. This past fall, they discussed Philadelphia public school closings and budget cuts, the school-to-prison pipeline, and representation of youth in the media. These audio projects could include found sound, original music, poetry, interview clips, or any sound the students found inspiring or expressive of their experiences; these projects allowed our students to explore all the possibilities of sound and think beyond a traditional narrative or song structure while also providing a creative and communal space for them to discuss and process their personal experiences of being youth in Philadelphia. Students read articles, listened to podcasts, watched videos, and had group discussions in order to ground these conversations.

Students also visited Youth United for Change (YUC), a youth-led student organization in our Kensington neighborhood, to connect with other teens who actively work for public school reform in Philadelphia. Our students attended an open meeting, participated in team-building, and had conversations with their peers to share with and learn from one another. Shark Tank (Sound Scholars) continued to build community through their field trip to Scribe Video Center in West Philadelphia; At Scribe, our students saw an exhibit by the Philadelphia School Closings Photo Collective. These photos documented the final days of the 24 public schools that were closed in Spring 2013. During their visit, the teens learned more about audio and visual creative production in a workshop facilitated by the staff at Scribe. The trip culminated in a collaborative sound round, where the teens improvised sounds, beats and words that they felt described the photos they saw during their trip, and then layered them together using only their voices and bodies.

During Girls Rock Philly’s end of the year celebration and After School Program Showcase, Shark Tank (Sound Scholars) shared their pieces and their reasons for creating them with the larger GRP community. Individual projects covered topics such as media representations of youth compared to how youth see themselves, being young and black in Philadelphia, and discrimination. Though all the projects started with the same prompt and original conversations, the final results were unique to each individual teen.


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Girls Rock Philly hosts international conference

At the end of March, Girls Rock Philly played host to over 175 organizers from 50+ rock camps from all over the world for the eighth annual Girls Rock Camp Alliance Conference. Before heading to our site Appel Farms Arts & Music Center in Elmer, NJ, we hosted participants in Philly for a meet and greet at Tattooed Mom’s plus had an awesome Old Head Barracuda Club at our HQ, where GRP youth participants facilitated games and activities for our conference participants. Delicious food was provided by Cantina Dos Segundos.

Learn more about the Girls Rock Camp Alliance here.

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Organizers in our space at Barracuda Club and teens doing an improv performance!

2014 GRCA Conference participants!



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GRP begins year-long project on leadership

Girls Rock Philly was recently awarded a grant from the Valentine Fund for Visionary Leadership to embark on a year-long project exploring leadership at the organization. GRP has brought on local consulting group AORTA to help facilitate the process. We want to know what you think about leadership at GRP!

We invite anyone who feels part of the GRP community to participate! Please fill out the survey by April 25th! We’ll be letting folks the progress of the project with updates throughout the year!

Through this year long project, we aim to create a larger leadership development strategy, foster an intricate analysis of leadership and youth empowerment, and advance the already existing success of the organization. GRP is open to experiencing an organic shift in our community’s definition of leadership with the goal of intentional community engagement in the organization and new possibilities for growth and transformation.

Read more about the Valentine Fund for Visionary Leadership here. Created in 2005, this endowment provides a dedicated source of funding for leadership training for women executives in the non-profit sector.

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GRP looking for Artists to collaborate with for 2014!

Design GRP logos for three camps in 2014!
This will be our second year inviting a local artist to make three shirts for Girls Rock Philly! We worked with the very talented Kati Driscoll in our first year of this project and are thrilled to continue this in 2014.
We need someone with vision to come up with three separate logos: for our Spring Ladies Rock Camp, our Summer Rock Camp and our Fall Ladies Rock Camp. These logos are used on primarily camper and volunteer shirts as well as promo materials like flyers and showcase event information as well as the GRP website. The shirts are also for sale to the general public! Below is an example of the logo from our Winter Ladies Rock Camp! More images will be up soon!
Small stipend is available as well as artist promotion in GRP materials.
Interested? Please send a sample design for our Spring Ladies Rock Camp to by Monday April 14! Design should include the words: Ladies Rock Camp, Girls Rock Philly and Spring 2014.
Questions? Email or call us at 215 776 5246.
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