Girls Rock Camp Alliance
 
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Mission

The Girls Rock Camp Alliance is an international membership network of youth-centered arts and social justice organizations. We provide resources and space for community building to our membership in order to build a strong movement for collective liberation.

 

Points of Unity

We believe that youth are inherently powerful. We work to support youth leadership in our programs and communities.

Our work is a direct attempt to amplify voices that have otherwise been told to be silent. Music, art, and creative expression are our tools in building a loud, celebratory, and formidable movement. We do not use these tools by accident; we use them because music and creative expression are accessible, community-based, collaborative, and political.

Our work is political. We work to dismantle intersecting systems of oppression and acknowledge that they do not affect us all equally. Our work must be led and built by those most impacted by systemic oppression and colonization.

Gender is fluid, expansive, and cannot be contained within a binary. Trans and gender non-conforming people have always been and always will be an integral part of our movement. Our work must center those who experience marginalization because of their gender identity and expression.

In order for our movement to be effective it must be physically, financially, and linguistically accessible. We strive to make sure all those who wish to do this work have what they need to thrive.

Though we are often told otherwise, we believe there is room for all of us to be leaders. We do not fear scarcity and we believe in abundance. Our work benefits from sharing power and leadership within our movement.

Our work must be adaptable and willing to shift. We are committed to continually remaking ourselves, and boldly engaging the discomfort of change and transition. We are constantly learning how to challenge systemic oppression and how to love each other better.

We are not alone and our work transcends borders. Our collective power is grounded in our membership and the communities our members come from and work with. We can hear each other across oceans and the landscapes we call home, and we work in solidarity with each other and other liberation movements.

Authentic relationship building is the work. We are better equipped to support and fight for our youth when we care for and value one another.

We must hold ourselves and each other accountable. There is power in transformation, forgiveness, and healing. We believe that we can teach each other and learn together.

We believe that joy is a revolutionary force.

 
 

Leadership

Board of Directors

Jen Stevens, Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Emily Robinson, Richmond, Virginia, USA
Samantha Bellach, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Savhanna Wilson, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Casey Vendel, Stockholm, Sweden
Saman Kamgar-Parsi, Washington, DC, USA
Mayra Cortez, Los Angeles, California, USA
Prosper Hedges, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Celina Williams, Richmond, Virginia, USA
Sofie Sondervik Saether, Oslo, Norway
Sabrina Sierra, Oakland, California, USA
Lana Rose, Yukon, Ontario, Canada
Selena Simic, Belgrade, Serbia

Learn more about the board here
 

staff

Mel Hsu, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (Conference Logistics Coordinator)

 

Committees

Shifting Power Committee

GRCA’s Shifting Power Committee (SPC), creates tools for liberatory leadership and provides resources for movement building. We are made up of board members and non-board GRCA leadership. SPC focuses on political education, facilitating identity caucuses and solidarity working groups, prioritizing conference accessibility, and centering leadership by those most impacted by intersecting structures of oppression. We strive to move power towards traditionally oppressed communities and identities and away from dominant power structures.

At the GRCA, we strive to shift leadership towards our membership, people of color - particularly black and indigenous people, trans and gender non-conforming folks, people with disabilities, neurodiverse people, poor and working class people, queer folks, femmes and feminine people, fat people and people of size, and people outside the U.S. and the West.

Research Committee

The GRCA Research Committee gathers, organizes, and interprets data to support the GRCA’s functioning. This includes the collection and organization of data for the Annual Member Meeting at the GRCA Conference, collecting and interpreting conference evaluation data, and conducting research projects to inform GRCA board decisions. The Research Committee also updates and distributes the Annual Report form to membership.

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee shares the work of the GRCA, GRCA board committees, and member organizations across digital media. Comm Comm celebrates the work of our network through social media and provides logistical information, deadlines, and leadership opportunities in the GRCA newsletter. Comm Comm is also the point committee for the GRCA Toolkit and press inquiries, and coordinates the Docu-Team at the annual international conference.

Fundraising Committee

The Fundraising Committee has been newly added as the GRCA Board has seen the need to expand and grow by incorporating fundraising strategies into its overall plan, but we can’t do this work alone. That’s where you come in! We would love for members to join the Fundraising Committee and strategize about what would work best for each individual’s capacity and the GRCA’s overall mission.

The Fundraising Committee exists to build capacity for member camps to attend the annual GRCA Conference who are not financially able to on their own. The Board is currently budgeting for two scholarships annually, but we would like to expand our scholarship opportunities by strategically planning and building up the Fundraising Committee.

Member Engagement Committee

The Member Engagement Committee provides opportunities and resources to engage and support members in the GRCA movement locally and globally. The Committee aims to strengthen lines of communication between the GRCA board and committees and member organizations with the intention of building community and providing transparency in our processes and procedures. The committee also facilitates the membership application process, including reviewing the application and publishing, preparing applications for the board’s review, and creating a timeline for approval and notification of application status.

nominations committee

Learn more about Nom Comm here