Call for Board Members!

Girls Rock! DC is excited to announce that applications for our first formal Board of Directors are now open!

After 10 years, GR!DC is shifting our leadership and operating structure from an informal, volunteer-based “Leadership Team” to a three-part structure including a formal Board of Directors, year-round staff, and a Youth Advisory Board.

We hope this new structure will create a sustainable way of growing GR!DC and building its future as an organization devoted to youth power, art, and gender justice.

We are looking for new faces and voices to lead the GR!DC movement, and we hope you, the GR!DC community, will help us find our new board members. If you’re interested in joining the board, read the application materials and click the link below to apply! If you know someone who would be a great fit, share this with them!

What will the new board do?

We envision a GR!DC Board of Directors that helps guide our organization and programs, providing leadership and oversight to a team of professional and volunteer staff. The board will assist in the hiring of the new Co-Executive Directors, and then work in conjunction with them to set long-term goals, oversee organizational finances, raise funds, and ensure that all of GR!DC’s actions are sustainable, scalable, effective, and aligned with our mission, values, and priorities.

Who should apply to be a board member?

Applications are open to any person age 18 or above who cares about GR!DC’s mission and is ready to work to further that mission. We are looking for folks who believe and trust in the power of DC youth affected by gender oppression, particularly girls, trans and non-binary youth. Previous experience with GR!DC is not required!

Please click here for more detailed information on Board Roles & Responsibilities.

It is imperative to GR!DC that our adult leadership is a direct reflection of the experiences and identities of the youth in our community. We need a board with the appropriate and relevant combined experiences to effectively guide our organization into the future. GR!DC parents/guardians and people who grew up in Washington, D.C. are encouraged to apply! We also believe our movement will be strongest when it is one that centers and is led by those most impacted by intersecting structures of oppression. We strongly encourage applications from folks holding one or more of the following identities or experiences: people of color (especially but not limited to black, brown, Latinx, and indigenous folks), trans, two-spirit, non-binary, queer, poor and/or working class, immigrant, non-native English speaker, woman, femme and/or feminine, visibly and/or invisibly disabled, neurodiverse, as well as any other historically marginalized identity or experience.

We recognize that identity and language describing identity is complex. Our aim in naming these identities is to value and elevate the voices of those who have been underrepresented in positions of power.

Additionally, we seek board members with strong organizational, planning, finance and accounting, legal, fundraising, social justice, and related experience.

 Please click here to read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). 

Click here to apply for the GR!DC Board of Directors. 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until January 15. Please contact jointheboard@girlsrockdc.org with any questions or concerns. We can’t wait to hear from you!

 

Rock camp love,

The GR!DC Leadership Team

Youth Leaders interviewed for Kojo Nnamdi Interview, June 2017.

Calling All 15-18 Year-Old Youth

There is no more important time to listen to youth. This week, the current administration announced a decision to end DACA, and threaten to take away the only home hundreds of thousands of American youth have ever known. We stand in solidarity with Dreamers and their families, and will fight for their right to remain in their communities, including the GR!DC community. We also want to do all we can to make sure youth voices are heard, and for that, they need to be amplified.

With this in mind, we are excited to announce that applications for our first ever year-round YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD are NOW OPEN!

Youth Advisory Board (YAB) members will be a group of 5-10 teens that meet to strengthen their communication and leadership skills and make GR!DC more youth-driven. The program aims to give young folks a louder voice in deciding GR!DC’s priorities, direction, and major organizational decisions.

You should apply to join YAB if:

  • You will be 15-18 years old by our first meeting (October 21, 2017).
  • You have participated in a Girls Rock program at least once before (this includes Girls Rock! DC Summer Camp, After-School Program, or a Girls Rock program in a different city).
  • You care about GR!DC and about creating change in your community!

Want more info? Click the link below to apply to be a Youth Advisory Board member right now!

Click here to find out more and apply to be a youth advisory board member.

The Youth Advisory Board is a year-round leadership opportunity for GR!DC youth. It is separate from the at-camp Youth Leadership Program, and youth are welcome to apply to both. YAB members DO NOT have to attend GR!DC Summer Camp 2018 (though it’s great if they do)!

This program is the first step in creating a permanent, year-round youth decision-making presence at Girls Rock! DC. It was formed to be a leadership body for GR!DC teens, but the exact scope of its work will be explored and defined by its 2017 members. First and foremost, the Youth Advisory Board will consult with the adult leaders to make decisions about GR!DC’s future priorities and actions. If you still have questions after taking a look at the application, you can email saman@girlsrockdc.org.

Learn all the details and apply to be a youth advisory board member today!

Deadline to apply is SEPTEMBER 22, so don’t wait!

With rock camp love,
The GR!DC Leadership Team

The Fine Print
Participants will be selected by adult GR!DC leaders on the basis of eligibility and with an aim to ensure that participant’s viewpoints and experiences are reflective of GR!DC’s camper base. Metro fare support and snacks will be available!
The Youth Advisory Board will strive to create the most inclusive, safest space possible for all applicants and participants. As is the case at all Girls Rock! DC programs, we do not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, or any other form of discrimination and bigotry. We also strive to create a YAB that reflects the diversity of our youth and the DC community and strongly encourage youth of color, youth who are queer, gender non-binary, and/or trans, and any folks who come from traditionally oppressed experiences to apply to be Youth Advisory Board members.

Thank you for GR!DC 10!

Thank you to all the performers, volunteers, supporters and attendees at the showcase!

Please share our story! We are accepting submissions for photos, press/blog coverage, or video to communications@girlsrockdc.org (please remember to add your name to the properties to get receive artist credits!) and follow us @girlsrockdc on Instagram and Twitter or like us on Facebook!

 

If you couldn’t be at the event, hear about our history from these folks:

Official photography coming soon from Farrah Skeiky of Dim Sum Media.

Kojo Nnamdi Show, June 29, 2017

A Womans Bridge, July 1, 2017