Best Program to Engage Youth

Bay Area Girls Rock Camp

While it's true that the world is populated by plenty of badass female musicians (Alice Bag, Exene Cervenka, and Shannon Shaw, to name just a few), it's also true that punk and rock 'n' roll bands are still dominated by dudes. And for young ladies new to a respective music scene, that lack of female presence can be enough to make joining a band seem inconceivable — and being a passive audience member feel like it's par for the course. That's why Bay Area Girls Rock Camp — a weeklong program for eight- to eighteen-year-old girls that teaches them how to play instruments, form bands, write songs, and play a live show — is possibly the most female-empowering summer camp out there. What's more, the nonprofit also hosts a three-day Ladies Rock Camp for women over eighteen — because, after all, you're never too old (or too female) to rock.

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