Girls Rock DC Inc

Washington, DC   |  girlsrockdc.org

Mission

Girls Rock! DC is a supportive, inclusive, and creative space for cis and trans girls and non-binary and other gender expansive youth to develop their self-confidence, build community, rise up, and rock out! We live at the intersection of art, activism, and music education. Our aim is to support young folks of all marginalized genders and racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and other identities, experiences, and abilities in their daily lives, giving them the tools they need to be their whole selves. Every year, Girls Rock! DC serves more than 100 youths and 20 adults through our after-school programs, camps, and workshops. Our participants go on to be more engaged learners, more thoughtful artists, and more confident community leaders. In other words, they become true rock stars.

Ruling year info

2010

Co-Executive Director

Noel Schroeder

Co-Executive Director

Shady Rose

Main address

1525 Newton St NW

Washington, DC 20010 USA

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EIN

26-3133547

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Music (A68)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Girls Rock! DC was founded to give young folks an opportunity that was missing in DC: a creative, supportive, inclusive space for young people to learn about music and culture that is relevant to them from local role models. The adults who started the program didn’t see women, non-binary, and other transgender and gender expansive folks (especially folks of color) being supported as mainstream performers or holding leadership positions in the music industry. They knew that the best way to change that was to start with young folks in their own community, and foster a new generation of empowered feminist musicians. Outside of participating in Girls Rock! DC programs, many of our youth don’t have regular access to the kind of creative spaces we provide. This is why we strive to provide low- to no-cost music education opportunities that are inclusive and accessible.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Girls Rock! DC Youth Summer Camp

Girls Rock! DC Summer Camp is a week-long music instruction program we’ve organized for every summer since 2008! During camp week, we offer small-group instrument instruction based on skill level (electric guitar, electric bass, drum kit, keyboard, DJ/turntables, vocals). Campers will form bands or DJ crews, be coached by musical mentors, and collaborate to write and perform an original song or DJ set. We also host guest artists, and offer workshops on gender and cultural identity, making your own band merchandise, songwriting, and other skills youth need to take over the world (of music!). We offer several new workshops every year, so there’s always something new to learn for returning campers.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

We Rock! Camp is all the fun of our summer youth camp, condensed into a long weekend for women and trans and nonbinary adults, ages 19 and up! We Rock! campers learn an instrument, form a band or DJ crew, collaborate to write an original musical expression, and perform for a live audience all in one weekend!

Population(s) Served
Adults

GR!ASP is an 8-10 week program held throughout the school year that teaches empowerment to girls, gender-nonconforming youth, and trans youth through music education. Each student learns an instrument, forms a band, and performs their original song at a local DC music venue! They also learn skills they can use to contribute to their community through workshops and group discussions.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Girls Rock! DC Youth Summer Camp

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants who would recommend program to others

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number is percentage of total participants who would recommend the program

Percentage of participants who stated they learned something new in the program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number is percentage of total participants who states that they learned something new

Number of free registrants to classes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of classes offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes after-school programs, summer camps, and other workshops and activities

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

At Girls Rock! DC, we want to change the world. We’re foster a new generation of empowered feminist musicians by providing a supportive, inclusive, and creative space for cis and trans girls and non-binary and other gender expansive youth to develop their self-confidence, build community, rise up, and rock out. We want young folks to recognize and use their power to create music and shape the future they want to see.

Girls Rock! DC is changing the music landscape in DC and beyond. We’re both creating a new generation of bold, confident artists through our music education programs, and we’re raising the visibility of current female and non-binary artists by giving them a platform as performers, instructors, facilitators, and coaches. We’re also building an intergenerational community of music lovers by matching adult role models with youth participants. And, we’re providing space for this community to explore the intersection between music and justice and create new ways to be their whole selves and build a better world together.

Every year, Girls Rock! DC serves more than 100 youths and 20 adults through our after-school programs, camps, and workshops. Our participants go on to be more engaged learners, more thoughtful artists, and more confident community leaders. In other words, they become true rock stars.

Girls Rock! DC’s programming has been strategically developed to improve participants’ music performance and appreciation skills; their self-esteem; their collaborative and creative spirit; and their belief in their own ability to lead. We emphasize providing culturally relevant role models and content. Participants have reported that because of this, they can see themselves and their experiences reflected in their instructors, in the workshop topics, and in the music they hear and create. In particular, choosing local role models helps create a sustainable and supportive community of peers and mentors in the DC area that will last far beyond a workshop or summer camp.

Girls Rock! DC is different from most music instruction programs because of our justice, inclusion, and equity lens. We see the struggle for justice and equity as inextricable from the creation of art and music, and give participants space to explore these intersections and build practical life skills. We focus on exposing young people to history, artists, and skills that are too often underrepresented in both mainstream music and the images they see in their daily lives. In our leadership and programs, we uplift the voices of people of color, gender non-binary and/or transgender people, and other folks from traditionally oppressed experiences or who hold multiple marginalized identities. This greatly expands participants’ frame of reference for ‘culture’ and allows them opportunities for self-expression that are missing in traditional music education programs.

We believe in the agency and power of young people, and we prioritize youth leadership. Our Youth Advisory Board contributes to the design and delivery of our programs. We work together to identify ways to shift power to them, amplify their voices within the organization, and ensure that we’re practicing our values in our administration and programming.

Girls Rock! DC is driven by a dedicated community of musicians, artists, and fans with diverse musical backgrounds, connections with local youth, and approaches to grassroots organizing. The organization is run by a team of dedicated Board members, youth advisors, staff, and volunteers. As of January 2020, Girls Rock! DC has a five-member Board of Directors to provide governance and financial oversight of the organization, and a Youth Advisory Board to contribute to the design and delivery of programs. The Co-Executive Directors lead the effective, sustainable, and values-aligned year-round administration and Program Coordinators ensure the implementation of our workshops, camps, and after-school programs. We engage around 100 volunteers each year to carry out our activities, and their gifts of time, talents, and resources are immeasurable.

Girls Rock! DC is supported by a generous family of individual donors and long-time foundation supporters. We are thankful that as we grow, our donor base grows with us. Our income is fairly evenly split between foundation support, individual gifts, program tuition, and merchandise and ticket sales. We also have a strong social media presence that gets our story out into the world and allows new supporters to learn about our work.

Since 2008, Girls Rock! DC has served more than 1000 young folks through our 11 summer camps, 4 adult camps, 15 semester of after-school programs, and dozens of workshops.

We have received consistently positive feedback from participants, their families, and teaching artists that our programs are positive music education experiences. Pre- and post-activity survey results indicate that our programs increase self-confidence and musical knowledge and that youth see it as a beneficial experience. Our participants go on to be more engaged learners, more thoughtful artists, and more confident community leaders.

In Summer 2018 we held our 11th annual summer camp and served 59 campers, including six Youth Leaders who helped plan camp. Campers participated in small-group instrument instruction in electric guitar, electric bass, drums, keyboard, turntables, and vocals and were mentored by local DC teaching artists. They formed bands and DJ crews, collaborated to write an original song or DJ set, and performed at the 9:30 Club for a crowd of hundreds. All of the campers reported benefitting from our music education and power-building programs.

During the 2018-2019 school year, our after-school program GR!ASP held more than 20 after-school sessions with seven students at the SEED School in Washington, DC. They wrote several original songs together, and were excited to continue and grow the program.

In Summer 2019, we inaugurated two new events: a workshops series and an End-of-Summer Celebration. We held a series of eight successful workshops (selected by the Youth Advisory Board and facilitated by local women, non-binary, and gender expansive teaching artists) with 41 total participants. 100% said the workshop was interesting and fun, and 94% said they want to go to another Girls Rock! DC workshop. Our End-of-Summer Celebration (attended by more than 100 Girl Rock! DC youth and friends) was a youth-centered event with family-friendly arts activities in an inclusive and creative space and showcased local youth and adult female, non-binary, and gender expansive music artists of color.

In 2020, we’ll be expanding our programming to accommodate even more young folks who want to express themselves in a creative, inclusive space. We’ll host a summer camp and adult camp, plus we’ll be growing our after-school program and offering more regular workshops for DC’s youth.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Each year Girls Rock! DC welcomes a variety of campers with diverse backgrounds, including youth with disabilities and youth from low socioeconomic status families. The program is fully inclusive and responsive to any and all camper needs, and is continually adapted and improved based on camper and caregiver feedback. In 2017, we welcomed our first camper with autism and worked with her mother and caretakers to ensure that all programs and camp activities were accessible to her. Her mother volunteered throughout the camp week and served as a vital resources to camp organizers, which has helped inform how we shaped our 2018 program and beyond.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Girls Rock DC Inc

Board of directors
as of 10/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Chhaya Kapadia

Raisa Johnson

Diana Rhodes

Erin Frisby

Lindsey Wahowiak

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/20/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Non-binary, Transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Non-binary, Transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/15/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.